Apprentice LGV Driver M & J Bowers

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to become an Apprentice LGV Driver for a family run business. You will become part of a team with a hard working mentality, whilst learning the skills required to become a Large Goods Vehicle Driver.

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Contracted working 39 hours Monday to Thursday 8am-5pm Friday 8am-4pm, (normally early starts). 39-48 hours per week depending on age of Apprentice

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    13 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    16 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Our Drivers do more than a ‘driving job’. It’s about ensuring our customers get the best impression of our business. You are the ‘face’ of our business, not just our delivery/collection driver. It’s all about making a good impression with your appearance, manner and the look of your vehicle. Ensuring products are delivered/collected in a first class condition, completing all necessary paperwork and above all, leaving everyone you meet with a really positive impression of you and our business.

  • To carry out or to supervise the loading of the vehicle so that products/receptacles are safely loaded and secured to minimize chances of damage, for your days’ work.
  • Ensure with Transport Manager that the products/receptacles are correct against the customers’ requirements.
  • Check Driver Board before days’ work for extra scheduled work.
  • Ensure that on arrival the collection is safe to make and respect customer’s property; if in doubt, consult with customer and/or Transport Manager.
  • Collect/exchange/deliver products from customer and obtain signature and print on correct paperwork for that customer.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Handle customer issues on collection/delivery effectively and contact Transport Manager for assistance if required.
  • Carry out multi-drop collections/deliveries in a timely and safe manner.
  • Drive the vehicle safely and in accordance with the law.
  • Drive within the tachograph law and driver hours limits.
  • Look after the vehicle and ensure that it is not subjected to unnecessary damage.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the driving cab.
  • Report any accidents as soon as possible and in compliance with the company’s accident reporting procedure.
  • Complete vehicle daily inspection.
  • To provide support in the Yard to unload all vehicles before end of the day and any other duties as required by your Managers.
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures, to include the Company code of conduct, Health and Safety Policy, ISO9001 and BSEN 15713 accreditation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills

Personal qualities

  • Hardworking and enthusiastic work ethic
  • Fit and able

Qualifications required

  • Full, clean driving licence
  • You must have or applied for your provisional CAT C Licence.
  • English and Maths grade A-E or the equivalent

Future prospects

A full time position and career opportunities for the right candidate.

Things to consider

Role involves manual handling of product weighing up to 20kg each and the roles can physically challenging.

About the employer

Established in 1973 in Yeovil, Somerset, M & J Bowers Ltd were pioneers at the very start of the recycling industry, when the importance of recycling paper and cardboard waste was first realised. By 1984 the secure destruction of confidential data became a key issue for professional businesses. With our existing shredding facilities, M & J Bowers were at the forefront of secure confidential waste management and our reputation as a data and document destruction company was quickly recognised by organisations including regional council departments, legal organisations and medical institutes located throughout the South West. The company has continued to expand and it now has an extensive fleet of purpose built vehicles that collect over 100 tonnes of confidential data, documents and company waste (including unwanted clothing such as obsolete uniforms) every week throughout South and Central England from Cornwall, Devon and Dorset up to the West Midlands, Gloucestershire and into London. We also understand the importance of on-site destruction facilities and our two mobile shredders, the Big Green Destruction Machines, can now attend any premises where there is a company or legal requirement for on-site document shredding. Our mobile document shredding service is particularly useful for legal and medical firms who can personally witness the destruction of their documents. Our aim is to meet or exceed customer needs and expectations and our methods of operation are under constant review for improvement and to match your company’s data security requirements. All our staff are DBS checked and trained to the highest standard (BS EN 15713:2009) to ensure total customer satisfaction. We are always looking to the future and recent improvements include the replacement of plastic sacks with heavy duty paper sacks. These remain sealed and are deposited directly into the shredder; removing the need to open and empty the contents of the sack. There is no need to remove staples, paper clips, wallets, etc., the bag of paperwork leaves your office and can be shredded within minutes.


M & J Bowers


Brympton Way


BA20 2HP

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Large Goods Vehicle driver training. Skills include, safe, controlled and fuel efficient driving techniques relating to driving the LGV.
  • How to protect the vehicle and associated loads, including management of unlawful access to vehicle and loads.
  • A variety of other core skills and behaviours required within the driving sector.
  • Functional Skills English (if required)
  • Functional Skills Maths (if required)

Apprenticeship standard

Logistics and Supply Chain > Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Katie Whitty 01935 845397

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017