Darren Kasapi – Wincanton

Company: Wincanton

Role: Level 2 LGV Driver Apprentice

Darren first enrolled because he was looking for opportunities to progress. The apprenticeship programme allowed him to learn the skills needed to achieve that.

“Having the opportunity to learn the basics, from the ground up, was really valuable to me. My complete lack of experience was irrelevant, and I was taught everything that I needed to know straight from the start.”

He quickly realised that he got real satisfaction from the skills that he learned, especially knowing that the level of driving he was doing would be beyond a regular driver, and the progression he sought followed quickly.

“My apprenticeship has given me the steppingstone to enter the role that I’m in now, as a Transport Shift Manager.”

Darren’s advice for people considering a similar path is to not be daunted by the size of the trucks:

“Just take the jump and it will definitely be worth it. The confidence developed through my apprenticeship has helped me now – and having that HGV licence is something I can take with me throughout life.”