Belfast Telegraph

Driving to career success

Young farmer’s impressive truck skills win him a new job

By Amanda Poole

A young Co Antrim farmer is starting a new career as a HGV driver after winning the McCulla Arctic Challenge.

Eamon McGarry from Crumlin was selected to work for haulage company McCulla Transport Ireland Ltd after it teamed up with the Young Farmers Club Ulster (YFCU) to search for a new employee.

A total of 56 men and women from YFCU took part in a one-day articulated lorry driving course, at Nutts Corner Market site, designed to show off their heavy goods vehicle driving skills.

Each entrant was shown the basics of how to drive a 16-metre articulated truck.

They were then asked to drive around a course designed to test them on their natural skills in areas such as accurate reversing and controlled manoeuvring. After 10 finalists were selected, each of them was interviewed by McCulla Transport managing director Ashley McCulla.

Eamon McGarry from Crumlin was selected as the winner and will now be put through his HGV class 1 licence and given 35 hours of Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training.

The value of the training is around £3,500 and he will start on a salary of £18,000 with the potential for this to rise to £30,000.

Eamon said: “I can’t wait to start. I’m delighted to have won and I am really looking forward to becoming a full-time driver with McCulla Ireland.

“I was so impressed with the event and the state-of-the-art lorries and trailers.”

The family company recently celebrated 42 years in business and currently employs 150 people.

Ashley McCulla, said: “We were delighted to team up with the YFCU to organise this event.

“By and large farmers have a strong work ethic and the natural skills to be great truck drivers.

“We are very proud to have Eamon as part of our team.”

Vice President of YFCU Martyn Blair added: “The opportunity that McCulla Transport is offering Eamon is truly life changing and I’m delighted for him as it was a tough challenge, but he drove very well”. Visit www.mcculla.co.uk and www.yfcu.org for further details.

Belfast Telegraph

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