Queen of Trucks: "I like being in a male-dominated setting."

One woman who owns a truck driver training company said that people are often "surprised" or "confused" at what she does.

Queen of Trucks: "I like being in a male-dominated setting."

One woman who owns a truck driver training company said that people are often "surprised" or "confused" at what she does.

Shannan Paterson (27), a Willenhall resident in the West Midlands started her first HGV training company at age 19.

Queen of Trucks will be her starring role in a BBC Three special documentary. It will air on Monday, 4 July.

She said, "I like being a woman within a male-dominated environment."

The documentary will be about Ms. Paterson's business and how it explains why people are attracted to this industry.

HGV Training (Midlands) Ltd offers a five-day intensive course that will help learners get their HGV license.

Both drivers come to her as independent contractors or as part of a contract with companies to train them.

Ms. Paterson started her career in the industry as a teenager, helping her father at his lorry school.

She began her own classroom training program at the age of 19 before she took over the school.

"At that time, I didn't realize how much pressure I had [running a business]," Ms. Paterson stated.

"When I was in my 20s, it was more like, "This is actually quite difficult" - all the taxes, bills VAT, and many other responsibilities that go with running a business.

"I was so young that I didn't believe I had to take things seriously. I made many mistakes and learned from them. That is what got me to where I am today."

She will be filmed as she balances her business and raising her younger sister.

"I still hear people say 'You're the boss?' It is quite surprising.

She stated that there are "pros" and "cons" to working in this industry. However, when she was first contacted for the documentary's production team, she "thought it was a joke".

Ms. Paterson stated that it was difficult to manage the home, filming and business simultaneously, but it was worth it.

Ms Paterson is currently pregnant with her first child, due October. She said that she hopes to open other businesses in the near future.

Queen of Trucks, a BBC Three/BBC England co-commission, airs Monday 4 July on BBC Three at 20:00 BST.

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