HGV drivers are also known as LGV (large goods vehicle) drivers. Their job is to transport and deliver goods and raw materials across the UK and overseas. They move different types of goods like foodstuffs, clothing, fuel etc. If a person enjoys working by themself, and wants a job that makes use of their driving skills then this career is for them. Another big advantage of HGV driving career is that it takes them all over the country. In order to become a HGV driver, one will need to be over 18 and hold a full car licence. They also need to pass LGV training and gain a Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). A person may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship scheme.
Government HGV Training Courses
HGV training courses are necessary for a person to get HGV license which allows him to get a job of HGV driver. In UK, Government funded HGV training courses are offered which is an excellent option for many people who want to start HGV driving career. Currently there are about 6 Government funded HGV training courses which are suitable for various types of candidates.
Driving Goods Vehicles Level 2 NVQ
This is a UK Government funded HGV training course in which the student has to complete 7 mandatory units. The duration of this course is about 6 months, and this course is offered in Birmingham.
This course is good for anyone who wants to become a Professional HGV truck driver. It is suitable for any person over 18 years of age, and is capable of passing the specific medical examination. This course is offered in Reditch.
CPC Driver Training – Health and Safety in the Transport Environment
This course is a 7 hours of training towards the 35 hours of periodic training required to comply with EU Directive 2003/59/EC. This government funded course is specifically designed to improve drivers knowledge about Healthy and Safety in the Transport Environment and increase awareness. It is suitable for drivers who deliver goods for their business in a lorry over 3.5 tonne. The course is offered in Liverpool.
NVQ Level 2 Carry and Deliver Goods
This is a 6 months long course in which the student has to achieve full level 2 NVQ in Carry and Delivery Goods. The student must finish the six mandatory units and one of the two additional units. This course is designed for contributing to effective working relationships. There is a great focus on maintaining the safety and the security of the load, self and property. The course also contributes to the provision of customer services. The driver is taught to complete pre-journey and post-journey procedures. The driver also learns to plan the route and timings for the delivery and collection of loads. Transport goods and materials are taught in detail. The optional units include handling the goods and material. The course is suitable for people who are involved in the transport and delivery of goods by HGV. This course is offered in Birmingham.
CPC Driver Training – Traffic Legislation in Liverpool
This is a 7 hours of training course towards the 35 hours of periodic training required to comply with EU Directive 2003/59/EC. This course is designed for improving the driver’s knowledge of Traffic Legislation and increases awareness. This training course is suitable for drivers who deliver goods for their business in a lorry over 3.5 tonne. It is offered in the city of Liverpool.
CPC Driver Training – Driving Techniques
This course is also a 7 hours training course leading to the 35 hours of periodic training required to comply with EU Directive 2003/59/EC. This course is designed to improve the driver’s knowledge of driving techniques and increase awareness. This course is suitable for drivers who deliver goods in a lorry over 3.5 tonne. The course is offered in Liverpool.
Basic requirements for HGV driver training courses
A person who wants to become a HGV driver must hold a valid HGV license. For that, they must fulfill the following requirements:
- They must be competent in English and maths. This is necessary for taking the HGV theory test.
- They must be over 18 years of age.
- Theymust hold a full car license, and they must have a good driving record.
- His eyesight should be good.
Other required skills and qualities
- The person must have excellent driving skills.
- They must have the ability to work alone and concentrate for long periods.
- They should deal with customers in a polite manner especially when picking up or dropping off the goods.
- They must have a good understanding of road safety and loading & unloading procedures.
- Theymust also have the ability to complete necessary paperwork and record sheets without making mistakes.
- They must have the certain level of fitness to work with heavy goods.
- Most importantly, they should be reliable and trustworthy.
Sector-based Work Academy Programme
Sector-based work academy programme (SWAPs) are a government backed scheme which gives people training and experience working in a specific industry, including the haulage industry. The programme lasts up to six weeks and may even include the examination for a specific license such as the Category C. You will continue to receive your usual benefits whilst taking part in a sector-based work academy programme and at the end you will even get an interview lined up with a prospective employer so it is a great option.
This programme is specifically design for people who are unemployed and claiming benefits. If you are interested in joing a SWAP, speak directly to your local job centre and they will be able to guide you on the specifics.