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The drivers were the second cohort to take part in the Apprenticeship scheme, which the firm said is run over 12 months to help address the skills gap of an ageing driver population in the UK by recruiting individuals aged 18-23.

In the industry, 62 per cent of drivers are aged 45 years or over, with only one per cent under 25 years old. 

“We are delighted to welcome these new young drivers – three driving cement tankers and six driving aggregate tippers – to our team of over 300 drivers,” said Carl Milton, Northern regional logistics manager and co-ordinator of the scheme. “They have worked hard to achieve a high standard of professional driving and will be doing a vital role in supplying cement and aggregates for use in the construction industry.”

The programme is run in association with CEMEX’s apprentice training provider, Systems Training, and offers a professional framework to a nationally recognised Apprenticeship Level 2 (QCF) qualification in Driving Goods Vehicles and an LGV category C or C+E licence and the role of LGV driver within CEMEX.