7.9.2022 | Haulage

Apprentices in Ascendency at ATL

Apprenticeship pathway enables leading haulier to create opportunities for those keen to make their mark in the workplace. 

Committed advocates of nurturing talent through the government’s apprenticeship scheme, ATL Haulage Contractors has partnered with South Essex College since 2018 and embarked on a new relationship with Clacton’s ACL College earlier this year.

Perfectly aligning with the haulage company’s strap line of create, innovate, deliver, the company is proud to confirm that it has employed 16 apprentices. An impressive nine are now in full-time roles, and five are currently in the throes of completing their apprenticeship,

Based at ATL’s London Gateway site, Director Jamie Woodward says: “The apprenticeship pathway to recruitment has served ATL well over the years. Our current general manager, Will Sheehan and accounts manager, Zena Haydon, have worked their way up through the company, having started their careers with us as apprentices through Essex-based ITEC Learning Technologies nine years ago. And we’re delighted to announce that Shannon Smith is soon to be promoted from fleet operator to transport manager.

With four out of the current five apprentices in business administration roles, Hollie Becker says: “I’ve always loved the idea of working while learning and being able to set myself up with a career for the future.

“I applied on ATL’s website and was invited to come for an interview. When I learned I had been successful, I then completed the apprentice application with South Essex College online.

“The apprenticeship is working for me, and meeting my tutor every 4-6 weeks means we talk about what’s coming up on the course and provides a chance to talk through any issues or challenges. Both ATL and the college have been amazing. ATL is a great environment to be part of, and the college is always there for backup and support.”

Chloe Copping, who is also a business administration apprentice, adds. “I joined ATL in 2021, having seen the opportunity online. I’m with ATL Monday to Friday and have monthly review meetings with the college. I’m able to undertake my coursework during the working day, and the length of the apprenticeship is about 18 months, but you’re able to work at your own pace, which is great.”

Jamie Woodward concludes: “The apprenticeship scheme enables us to create opportunities for those keen to make their mark at work but for whom university wasn’t the right path. The positions now held by some of our former apprentices highlight that career progression is something we are passionate about.

“We’re immensely proud of all our apprentices and their achievements. The apprenticeship programme is very much a part of the DNA here at ATL.”

Image L-R: Mia Lempriere, Emily Conley, Chloe Copping and Ellie Logan.