CJ Lang & Son has announced the launch of a new driver apprenticeship scheme.
The Scottish wholesaler said that it is investing in the initiative to keep up with the requirements of the convenience store estate that it supplies.
The scheme will be available to applicants aged 18-24 and will allow them to demonstrate their skills across a flexible range of roles.
The wholesaler is working in partnership with GTG training to help fill the future supply gap for HGV drivers across the logistics sector with a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme in Driving Goods Vehicles (level three).
GTG training consultant Graeme Findlay will also be joining the programme to start module one of the Driver Apprenticeship Scheme.
“CJ Lang is delighted to be working in partnership with GTG training,” CJ Lang distribution centre manager Alan Brown said.
“As part of our development programme, we believe that, with the right skills, a few of our colleagues can be our HGV drivers of tomorrow.”
“The scheme facilitates this progression from warehouse to distribution plus all our HGV Class two drivers will be upskilled to HGV one. All colleagues on the scheme will have the opportunity to apply for a nationally recognised vocational qualification.
“We recognise that within our internal workforce we have an existing talent base, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to invest and develop their skills to be our drivers of tomorrow.”
Brown added: “Our vision for the future is for our multi-drop drivers to have a flexible range of logistics skills and upskilled to HGV one with a nationally recognised qualification in Driving Goods Vehicles (Level three).
“This will demonstrate the capability and competence of our CJ Lang drivers.”