Co-op to create over 300 LGV apprenticeship roles

15 October 2021

Co-op to create over 300 LGV apprenticeship roles (Level 2 Apprentice of the Year, Aron Marshall) (1)

  • The Co-op will create 135 Large Goods Vehicle driver apprenticeships on a 12-15 month programme in 2022 with the first intake starting in January
  • A further 207 apprenticeships will be recruited for third party haulier services at Co-op sites
  • Competitive starting salary and a permanent contract will be offered at the leading retailer, with costs of training covered as part of the scheme

The Co-op is creating over 300 LGV driver apprenticeships in response to the current driver crisis facing the nation. With a competitive starting salary and a permanent contract at the leading retailer, the apprenticeships offer the opportunity to work towards a Class 1 vehicle licence and kickstart a career in driving.

With start dates throughout 2022, the programme will run for 12-15 months in various locations nationwide and will be available to both internal and external candidates. Within three months, apprentices will become fully operational drivers, and receive a pay increase from the starting salary of between £23,753.60 to £25,584.00, depending on location.

In the first three months, apprentices will carry out practical and theoretical learning to help to obtain their LGV Class 1 licence, paid for by the Co-op, and study a range of modules including driving regulations and delivering great customer service.

Recruitment for the roles has already started and will continue throughout 2022. Anyone with a full UK/EU Car Driving Licence can apply and no professional driving experience is required.

The Co-op is also working with contract logistics providers, GXO and Wincanton, to create over 200 opportunities throughout 2022 at sites where they work on Co-op's behalf.

Co-op Food CEO, Jo Whitfield, said: “The transport sector needs long-term sustainable change. Through our apprenticeship programme we’ll be able to help driver recruitment by attracting new talent and make the sector more appealing to younger people. These apprenticeships are part of our broader apprenticeship commitment at the Co-op to improve social mobility.

“I’m pleased to see the Co-op leading the way and the last few months have only stressed the importance of drivers who are not only providing a service that is so vital for our business but for society as a whole.”

Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart, said: "It's great to see Co-op continuing to invest in apprenticeships with the creation of 300 LGV apprentice roles.

"Apprenticeships are a superb way to launch careers or upskill in a wide range of key industries, and crucially help to plug workforce shortages by providing people with high-quality training in the skills businesses need to thrive."

Aron Marshall, HGV Driver at the Co-op, who won Level 2 Apprentice of the Year, said: “Before taking the role I was working in an office setting with other drivers hearing about the different places they were going to, day to day, and I became really interested in learning something totally new and getting out there myself. It’s great to see the Co-op providing such a fantastic opportunity to start a career in driving. I’d really encourage people who are unsure about their future careers paths to consider re-training in one of the driver apprentice roles.

Through my training and qualifications, I feel like I’ve got a really bright future now, alongside a competitive salary and a good work/life balance.”

For anyone with a current drivers’ licence and an interest in developing a career in driving for the Co-op, more information about the new apprenticeship roles can be found here: https://jobs.coop.co.uk/lgv-driver-apprenticeship

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Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact: Sarah Fitton | PR Manager | 07702 506 126 Elliott Lancaster | Press Officer | 07808 609 944
Andrew Torr | Co-op Press Office | 07702505551 or E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

About Co-op The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, legal services and health. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,500 food stores, over 800 funeral homes and provides products to over 5,100 other stores, including those run by independent co-operative societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited.

Employing over 62,000 people, the Co-op has an annual turnover of £11.5 billion. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes. The Co-op exists to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.

Education was one the Co-op’s founding principles, with the Co-op’s involvement dating back to 1844. The Co-operative Academy Trust is dedicated to offering children a better education with 27 academies in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Merseyside.

The Co-op support 1,000 active apprenticeships ingrained right through the group from the support centre in Manchester, to the frontline in UK high streets, in food stores and funeral homes. The Co-op is also working to create 150 Kickstart placements based on its Community Wellbeing Index. In addition to this, Co-op is also supporting five internships next year via the 10,000 black interns programme.

Co-op’s Apprenticeship Levy Matchmaking service is designed to create even more apprenticeships from key communities. Pledging an initial £500,000, Co-op is now calling on other employers to share unspent apprenticeship levy towards a £15m fund for businesses creating apprenticeships from within under-represented groups, including black and ethnic minority candidates and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.