Fleetmaster a UK first with Howden’s Apprentice LGV drivers

Dated: 30 Jun, 2018

Fleetmaster has been busy in Northampton delivering its new Levy apprenticeship programme for LGV drivers at its client, Howdens Joinery. We are delighted to report that the first three learners in the UK have successfully completed their End Point Assessment (EPA) with the awarding body, Highfield.

For Fleetmaster, this achievement is hugely significant as these driving pioneers will be the first learners in the UK to have undergone this training and completed their EPA. They will also be the first new apprentice drivers in the industry. Fantastic news Fleetmaster!

One of the successful apprentices who passed the End Point Assessment was Roxanne Simmons. During her assessment she expressed how much she had enjoyed the 12-month programme and took great pleasure in demonstrating her depth of knowledge and skills to the Assessor. The second star learner, Jason Danobrega, was recruited from the onsite security staff for Howdens. Jason left the army after serving 10 years in the infantry and had been interested in becoming a driver after reading a poster on display in the canteen. The advert was aimed at those who might want to follow a driving career through an apprenticeship. Jason decided to embark on the programme and successfully completed his exams and practical tests. The third Apprentice is Arturs Makars.

“We are seeing an increase in the number of females wanting to take up a career in logistics and becoming truck drivers which is very encouraging,” says John Boocock, Director, Fleetmaster. “There are many interesting reasons why people are attracted to the profession, for example, we had a qualified accountant who had always wanted to drive a truck and now her family has grown up and left home she is following her dream.”

The LGV driving apprenticeship programme offers a great opportunity for employers to recruit new drivers which is funded through the levy account. Fleetmaster has a wide range of fleet operators who are reaping the benefits of new drivers joining the industry. The training gives apprentices a fantastic learning journey with a focus on compliant, safe and efficient driving over a 12-month period.

End Point Assessment

To complete the apprenticeship EPA, candidates must pass both theoretical and practical tests. The theory test includes multiple-choice and short answer questions on driver behaviour. The second part involves four practical tests which covers vehicle checks, safe preparation of the load, route planning using technology and an on-the-road driving assessment. The driving test has a focus on safe and efficient driving techniques.

To gain a distinction, the learner must demonstrate skills and knowledge on setting up a vehicle efficiently which includes the aerodynamic aids such as the roof fairing, which reduces the airflow vortex, whilst at the same time not creating an axle overload.

“I am confident that all three apprentices will have done exceptionally well in their End Point Assessments and hope to see some distinctions awarded,” added John. 

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