Yasmin Jobsz, 25, helps HGV driver shortage by joining Bartrums Haulage in Eye
Just two months ago, as 25-year-old Yasmin Jobsz was picking up her one-year-old daughter from nursery when she spotted a poster from Bartrums, a Suffolk-based haulage firm, asking for new drivers.
At the time, firms were facing an unprecedented driver shortage, disrupting supply chains and playing out in chaotic petrol station forecourts.
The government was trying to encourage more people into the industry, and whilst Miss Jobsz may not have looked like your typical candidate – she was confident that she had what it takes.
“I saw the poster on the door of my daughters’ nursery, saying they were looking for drivers,” she said.
“I knew it was something that someone who looks like me doesn’t typically go into - but I already had experience driving and I was thinking: ‘I could do that’.”
The Essex-native, who moved to Eye from Stowmarket back in March, was looking for work after years working as a show jumping groom – which involved driving a horse box to events across the country.
Having already gained her HGV Class 2 licence from her previous work, within just two weeks of applying Miss Jobsz had aced her theory tests and become the latest driver to take the wheel amongst Bartrums’ 180-strong fleet of HGVs.
“I was quite nervous on my first day,” she said. “But it definitely made me a bit more comfortable by the fact I had already got my Class 2 licence.
“When I went out onto the car park where all the lorries were, it was a little daunting, but everyone there was really friendly, and it all came quite naturally to me.”
“It’s certainly unusual,” added Tremayne Johnson, operations manager at Bartrums. “For someone to go from show jumping, having a baby and being a stay at home mum, to becoming a HGV driver, but we couldn’t be happier to have Yasmin on board.”
Her new role has also landed her an online following: her Instagram page, 'Pink Lady Trucker' has already amassed more than 4,000 followers.
The page details everything from the day to day minutiae of being on the road – from loading up to washing down her 18-tonne DAF lorry – to showcasing her custom-designed pink pump truck, which was presented to her as a special gift by one of Bartrums’ suppliers, SHS Handling Solutions.
“I’ve also had loads of people who have been reaching out to me,” added Miss Jobsz.
“I’ve had quite a few women get in touch, who are training to become drivers, asking questions and telling me how it’s going for them.”
In the coming months, Miss Jobsz hopes to gain her Class 1 licence, which will allow her to drive larger vehicles, but for now, she is enjoying her new role, one haul at a time.