Former student paving the way for women in the tipper industry

A former student of North Kesteven Academy near Lincoln has been named Apprentice of the Year in the tipper industry after choosing her career as an HGV tipper driver.

Emily Luff, 19, the first female tipper driver apprentice for CEMEX UK, is paving the way for young women and breaking down the barriers of traditional employment.

Emily, who lives in Skellingthorpe, passed her HGV test first time and is fast becoming an ambassador for encouraging more women into the sector. She left North Kesteven Academy in 2015.

She received her award at the Tip-ex Tank-ex Awards in Harrogate for individuals and businesses that shape the tipper and tanker industries.

The awards took place on June 1, when 500 representatives from tipper, tanker and haulage trades came to celebrate the 2018 winners.

Emily said: “I was delighted to be named Apprentice of the Year.

“It came as a shock to me as I didn’t really expect to get it.

“I hope it shows other women that we can beat stereotypes and do jobs that women aren’t seen to do.”

Carl Milton, who oversees the CEMEX UK HGV Driver Apprentice Scheme, commented: “It was a great achievement for Emily and all this year’s apprentices and great recognition for the work and commitment going in to develop young people and talent in the company.”