A MOTHER-OF-TWO from Wem says she has a 'range of possibilities' after passing her HGV test first time.

Lisa Ford received free driver training after taking part in the competition organised by driver training specialist Dulson Training, in which she drove a lorry round the showground.

Dulson Training hoped the contest would encourage people to investigate the HGV industry as a career choice and Lisa has gone on to work in the accounts department for them.

Lisa comes from a HGV background and added that new opportunities have opened up for her since she passed her test.

She said: "I come from an HGV background and my dad always said it would be a good idea to get my licence as I didn’t know when I might need it.

"I saw the competition advertised, thought that’s for me, went along and won the draw.

"Going through the course was fantastic, my trainer Trevor Roberts was superb.

"It’s a life skill that I will never be without and it opens up a lot of possibilities.

"We have two young children at the moment but in the future I could become a trainer or drive for a living if I want to.

"So I was very fortunate to win the competition and have the opportunity to do it.

"The job in accounts with Dulson Training came up during my training course.

"It means I am also able to drive lorries around the yard and take them to and from mechanics and signwriters."

Steve Dulson, from Dulson Training, said the competition was a great opportunity for people to see if they would be interested in entering the HGV industry.

He added: "We had instructors on hand to take people for a drive around the showground in a controlled environment, get a feel for it and see if it was something that interested them.

"Whether they just wanted a go or had the intention of becoming a licence holder, it was a good experience.

"We are seeing more women coming into the industry and have received a lot of comments from local businesses on how fantastic it is that such a large volume of HGV learners now seem to be women.

"Every day we are seeing multiple women on site taking courses and tests.

"We are holding an open day at our Roden head office on Saturday, August 13 from 10am until 2pm where anyone is welcome to attend.

"We will have competitions, the opportunity for people to drive a HGV and the chance for a chat with our team about the courses and training we provide."

You can find out more via https://www.dulsontraining.co.uk/