Inspiring Apprentices in Transport & Logistics

Inspiring Apprentices in Transport & Logistics

Group of people in front of sponsor board

On 13th June, I attended the everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards, as a Youth Ambassador representative for Modern Muse. Overall, it was a very inspiring experience for me and I am grateful that I was a part of the awards.

 

Award winner Caitlin Slade, Apprentice Vehicle Technician, Royal Mail Fleet, from Croydon

During the course of the day, I interviewed various finalists who were nominated for the Apprentice award including Kelsie Dugmore who is a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice, from Cannock. She works for Arriva.

 

Kelsie Dugmore, a Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at Arriva.

Here’s what I asked Kelsie:

What advice would she give to girls who want to pursue a career in transport and logistics?

They should know that there is a wide variety of options available and there are opportunities for everyone. The sector is unprejudiced and as long as you have the right attitude people are around to support you.

What inspired her to pursue a career in transport and logistics?

I originally applied for three apprenticeships in the engineering sector and I got drawbacks from each one. When I looked into the Arriva apprenticeship I was happy with the change and innovation in the transport sector in particular the technological advancements. 

What is the best part about her job?

The best part about my job is constantly learning the new challenges, the people that I work with and the sense of accomplishment as well as seeing apprentices progressing.

 

Katrina-Rose Allen, Apprentice Engineer, Govia Thameslink Railway, from Croydon

I also interviewed Katrina-Rose Allen, who is an apprentice Engineer for Govia Thameslink Railway.

What advice would you give to girls who would like to pursue a career in transport and logistics?

I would definitely say don’t be scared, and if it’s something you really want to do, just go for it.

What inspired you to get into a career in transport and logistics?

So I did work experience on the underground when I was in school, and I really enjoyed it so after I did my A Levels, I thought university wasn’t really for me so I decided to go the apprenticeship route and found an apprenticeship on the railway, and I’m enjoying it right now.

What’s the best part of the job?

I think it’s learning all the different areas about the trains, and it’s really helped me decide what I want to do in the future. And meeting different people is really nice as well.

The event was very successful and empowering. I hope that in the future I will attend these events with my fellow Youth Ambassadors. From my experience of being a student, I believe that the reason why young people are put off by these jobs is because of the lack of knowledge of the opportunities available in the transport and logistics sector.

We can break these barriers by educating each other about these career paths and I think that events that celebrate women who are championing in this sector will help us achieve the goal. “

The event was very successful and empowering. I hope that in the future I will attend these events with my fellow Youth Ambassadors. From my experience of being a student, I believe that the reason why young people are put off by these jobs is because of the lack of knowledge of the opportunities available in the transport and logistics sector.

We can break these barriers by educating each other about these career paths and I think that events that celebrate women who are championing in this sector will help us achieve the goal.

 

Miah with the Apprentice finalists and the 2018 everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards Woman of the Year, Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director, Amey. Amey were sponsoring the Award. Anna is on the right of Miah and is passionate about this award as she started her career at the age of 16 on an apprenticeship programme.