I joined Howdens in June 2015 as a trainee driver, and I was straight away put through a training programme to ensure I had the right skills to be a driver. Part of this was to partner with existing drivers and understand what they did day to day. Once I passed my test, I was able to manage my own deliveries – but I still had a trainer on hand if needed.
I think the trainee scheme at Howdens is fantastic, as it’s difficult to get any driving job without experience. I’d encourage anyone who’d like to become a driver to apply for the trainee scheme with Howdens. They really are a good company to work for.
I've now progressed to working the night shift. This is a great achievement and I feel really lucky to work in such a supportive team who will answer any questions I have. To get a full-time driving job at my age, and being female, with a high-profile company, says a lot for the company's diversity.
As a driver, it is my job to ensure efficient movement of products to multi-site depots ensuring the customer receives the product on time, undamaged and fit for purpose. This enables us to fulfil our promise to always have stock available to local builders.