Two of the newest transport planners to work for a nationwide logistics firm are celebrating completing their apprenticeship with distinction.

Aiden Nelson, 19, from Penrith, and Liam Bell, 12, from Carlisle, began their supply chain operator apprenticeship in September last year.

The pair are working for AW Jenkinson Transport, which has its headquarters near Penrith, and have completed the training with SP Training, based at Carlisle Airport Business Park. Aiden also achieved the Certificate of Professional Competence and is learning to drive an LGV.

In time, they will take responsibility for up to 25 vehicles, ensuring they make deliveries and collections on time and as efficiently as possible.

Dave Lindop, AW Jenkinson transport director, said: “We have worked closely with SP Training to develop this new apprenticeship programme which allows AW Jenkinson Transport to create highly-skilled transport planners by targeted use of the apprenticeship levy. The impressive results achieved by both apprentices demonstrates the strength and quality of the new programme.”

Liam said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my training with SP Training and working for a company that wants to develop its employees. I have had great support and on-the-job training from my colleagues and am looking forward to a great career with AW Jenkinson’s”

Apprentices Anna Middleton and Ben Watson have also begun their transport planner training and are expected to qualify next autumn. The company handles four million tonnes of wood products every year as well as other goods for a variety of companies.