Teenager Tyler Doherty is a man on a mission.

When he left school, he was determined to find a job that he could turn into a career, ditching any offer that wouldn’t give him the opportunity to climb the ladder.

Fortunately, getting an apprenticeship in Logistics Operations at removals firm Pickfords perfectly met his ambitions – and, at the age of 18, just six months into his apprenticeship, Tyler has already landed the role of Trainee Manager/Ops Controller.

“I was looking for anything that would give me options for my career,” recalled Tyler, “My original plan was to go into teacher training, but I decided to apply for apprenticeships instead because I didn’t feel that I wanted to continue my education in the classroom and felt I was better suited to learning on the job.

What appealed to me right away about Pickfords was that the interviewer told me there would be room for progression.

Tyler started at Pickfords in September last year as part of a move crew, working on the ground to help Pickfords meet customer demand for more than 100 removals each day across the UK.

However, when a chance came up to join its Manchester-based operations team and shadow the branch manager, Tyler didn’t hesitate.

“Being part of the move team was definitely a learning experience, but in terms of furthering my career, I knew I had more opportunities in Operations,” said Tyler.

The job involves assigning the fleet that goes out on jobs and keeping in touch with customers to keep them informed of the arrangements. On a busy day, the regional operations team might handle more than 15 moves a day. “It really helps having been on the vans because when the customer has a question about what’s involved and what they have to do, I can help them,” said Tyler.

As part of his year-long Intermediate apprenticeship in Logistics Operations apprenticeship, Tyler meets PeoplePlus Assessor Tutor Carol Cullen every month, going through units which cover all aspects of the job, including contract management, health and safety and vehicle maintenance. He has also taken on functional skills in ICT at the higher level and is working hard to ensure that he has the knowledge to pass.

Having an apprenticeship has definitely lived up to my expectations,” said Tyler,

I know that some apprenticeships are classroom-based, but this is real learning on the job. Some things just can’t be taught in the classroom and I believe that you get a much better understanding of job by living it every day.

“Pickfords has been great. In this role, I’m being offered real chances of progression and I feel they’ve really supported me.”

Carol Cullen, Tyler’s Assessor Tutor, is equally confident about Tyler’s chance of success, adding: “Tyler is a very motivated and driven young man, who will do well in everything he sets his mind to.

“He is incredibly proactive and all work set is completed on time and to a high standard.

“Tyler has been recognised as a shining star at work and as such has been given the opportunity to work with across all departments, even spending time with mangers to shadow and learn all aspects of Pickfords’ business.”