Hear from a Co-op LGV Apprentice!

After working closely with Robert Zajko on the Co-op Apprenticeship team, he let us know all about how he found being an LGV Apprentice! Our Apprenticeship Manager, Ian Silver, shares that Robert “had determination to succeed and had a great support network, which is key to the apprenticeship journey. This really highlights that all the hard work paid off, and shows with the Distinction result!”


How did you get started as an LGV Apprentice?

I saw the advert for the LGV apprenticeship scheme whilst working for the Co-op as a Team Leader in one of our food stores, and I was interested straight away. What attracted me to pursuing an apprenticeship was I could see it was going to be a very comprehensive learning programme, fully funded by Co-op and covering all aspects of the role. 

I couldn’t have thought of a better way to start my career as an LGV driver, and after going through the recruitment process, I was successful in securing a place on the programme. I was one of five candidates offered out of almost 300 applicants – I have never been so proud of myself!


How did you find the LGV Apprenticeship process?

Since beginning the role, I’ve found the learning process to be very seamless. I have dedicated tutors and mentors supporting me, passing along their knowledge and experience, alongside the use of online learning tools to develop my skills. Both the training organisers and my depot fully support me with my learning and in gaining essential practical experience.

One of the requirements of the programme is that candidates need to have their Level 2 English and Maths, which is the equivalent of a GCSE A-C grade. Thankfully candidates can study for the qualifications whilst on the programme, meaning with the help of dedicated tutors and learning tools, I was successful in achieving both grades alongside my LGV driver learning. I am so proud of myself for passing the four exams required to gain these qualifications – it has been a complete life-changer!


What you say to anyone considering an LGV Apprenticeship?

For anyone considering taking up an apprenticeship role, my advice would be to just go for it. With an apprenticeship comes a sense of peace of mind – you earn while you learn and could potentially secure a permanent role once passed.

Today could be your day to start a new career journey!


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