FM Conway apprenticeship programme
By Christian Shelton12 October 2018
UK infrastructure services company FM Conway has launched what is said is one of the construction industry’s first Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver apprenticeship programmes.
The apprenticeship is aimed at addressing the shortfall of LGV drivers in the UK, which is currently estimated to stand at 45,000 by the Road Haulage Association.
The 13-month apprenticeship – which the business is funding through the UK government’s apprenticeship levy – will aim to support new entrants into the industry as well as provide existing employees the opportunity to upskill or re-train.
Delivered by FM Conway in partnership with Scania and South Essex College, the programme will see around 36 apprentices per year learn the functional skills required to drive an LGV, alongside a comprehensive overview of health and safety protocols, sustainable and economical driving and vehicle specifications.
Liz Garvey, HR director at FM Conway, commented, “The shortage of LGV drivers has the potential to seriously hamper the wider industry’s ability to get materials and equipment to site. With just two per cent of drivers under the age of 25, it’s clear that the sector’s current recruitment process isn’t working. With this new apprenticeship standard, we want to attract people who might never have considered a career in construction before or been aware of the diversity of roles it can offer.
“However, we also need to ensure that we’re retaining our existing employees and providing long-term careers for them. The beauty of this standard is that it is both a gateway for new talent and a way to help more experienced employees retrain and transition into positions that might better accommodate their needs.”