• The Co-op will create 135 Large Goods Vehicle driver apprenticeships on a 12-15 month programme in 2022 with the first intake starting in January
  • A further 207 apprenticeships will be recruited for third party haulier services at Co-op sites
  • Competitive starting salary and a permanent contract will be offered at the retailer, with costs of training covered as part of the scheme


The Co-op is creating over 300 LGV driver apprenticeships in response to the current driver crisis facing the nation. With a competitive starting salary and a permanent contract at the leading retailer, the apprenticeships offer the opportunity to work towards a Class 1 vehicle licence and kickstart a career in driving.

With start dates throughout 2022, the programme will run for 12-15 months in various locations nationwide and will be available to both internal and external candidates. Within three months, apprentices will become fully operational drivers, and receive a pay increase from the starting salary of between £23,753.60 to £25,584.00, depending on location.

In the first three months, apprentices will carry out practical and theoretical learning to help to obtain their LGV Class 1 licence, paid for by the Co-op, and study a range of modules including driving regulations and delivering great customer service.

Recruitment for the roles has already started and will continue throughout 2022. Anyone with a full UK/EU Car Driving Licence can apply and no professional driving experience is required.

The Co-op is also working with contract logistics providers, GXO and Wincanton, to create over 200 opportunities throughout 2022 at sites where they work on Co-op’s behalf.

Co-op Food CEO, Jo Whitfield, said: “The transport sector needs long-term sustainable change. Through our apprenticeship programme we’ll be able to help driver recruitment by attracting new talent and make the sector more appealing to younger people. These apprenticeships are part of our broader apprenticeship commitment at the Co-op to improve social mobility.

“I’m pleased to see the Co-op leading the way and the last few months have only stressed the importance of drivers who are not only providing a service that is so vital for our business but for society as a whole.”

Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart, said: “It’s great to see Co-op continuing to invest in apprenticeships with the creation of 300 LGV apprentice roles.

“Apprenticeships are a superb way to launch careers or upskill in a wide range of key industries, and crucially help to plug workforce shortages by providing people with high-quality training in the skills businesses need to thrive.”

Aron Marshall (pictured), an HGV Driver at the Co-op, who won Level 2 Apprentice of the Year, said: “Before taking the role I was working in an office setting with other drivers hearing about the different places they were going to, day to day, and I became really interested in learning something totally new and getting out there myself. It’s great to see the Co-op providing such a fantastic opportunity to start a career in driving. I’d really encourage people who are unsure about their future careers paths to consider re-training in one of the driver apprentice roles.

Through my training and qualifications, I feel like I’ve got a really bright future now, alongside a competitive salary and a good work/life balance.”

For anyone with a current drivers’ licence and an interest in developing a career in driving for the Co-op, more information about the new apprenticeship roles can be found here: https://jobs.coop.co.uk/lgv-driver-apprenticeship

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