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Why you should add HGV driving to your skill set this year

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Want to learn something new in 2024? Whether your aim is to embark on a fresh and exciting career change, or simply to add another skill set to your CV, HGV driver training could be exactly what you’re looking for. With demand for professional drivers as high as ever, and flexibility within logistics roles on the rise, driver training is a wise investment. We look at the benefits of gaining an HGV driving qualification, and how best to do it. 

What roles require an HGV driving licence?

For some, HGV driver training is a gateway to a huge range of professional driving jobs. Others prefer to have their sights on a specific type of role from the outset. Here are some examples of the potential jobs that you can expect to choose from once you are qualified in HGV driving. 

Local driving

These roles are mainly driving within a small area, making multiple deliveries over a day. Specific jobs include food delivery truck drivers, courier driving, large item consumer delivery, or refuse collecting.

Short haul driving

These roles cover a broader area, often covering several counties in the UK. Although overnight jobs are rare, they may come up. Jobs in this sector might include drivers for home removal, retail delivery, or livestock delivery (which requires specific training).

Long haul driving

These roles will take you across Europe and can last over several days or even weeks. You may be driving to transport cars, machinery, or produce. Tanker drivers will also fall into this category and you’d require additional training to carry hazardous material. 

Benefits of professional driving

Whichever type of driving role you may have your sights set on, driving as a career has many great benefits. 

Job security

The HGV driving sector benefits from consistent demand because of the requirement to transport food and goods. This means that professional drivers enjoy many jobs to choose from. 

Good Salary

The average salary for a qualified professional driver is around £32,000 per year. With experience and perhaps more specialist training, you can expect to progress and increase this.  

Rapid learning

You can be qualified to professionally drive an HGV within a matter of weeks with a fast track training course. A good training provider can support you to ensure the process is managed quickly. 

Varied days

As a driver, you will enjoy variety in your working day. You’ll travel through different areas and liaise with different people. 

Skill set

Depending on which licence category you have qualified with, you may want to add a larger vehicle capability to your licence. Then there are specialist driving skills such as operating a hydraulic arm and boom, or transporting hazardous goods.  

Future path

Once you are experienced in HGV driving, you may progress your career in different ways. Some career journeys include logistics management or training new HGV drivers.

Choosing a training provider

How do you decide which training provider is best to manage your journey? It’s important to trust your training provider in supporting you through the qualification process. The Driver CPC is the legal requirement to gain and maintain your HGV licence. At HGV Training Centre, we provide everything you need to understand and progress through your training.

CPC Parts

  • Theory (part 1) –You can begin studying before you receive your provisional licence. Your pass certificate is valid for 2 years. 
  • Case studies (part 2) – Again, you have 2 years to complete the remaining tests after this additional theory based test. 
  • Off road exercises (part 3a) – This test lasts around 30 minutes and you must have passed part 2 before you can take this test.
  • On road driving (part 3b) – You must have passed part 3a before taking this test. It involves safety questions and around an hour of driving.
  • Practical demonstration (part 4) – This is the most intensive test and covers 5 areas of the CPC syllabus. We’ll make sure that you have had plenty of practice and are fully prepared before taking this final test. 

Facilities

At HGV Training Centre, we make sure that our training locations and vehicles are regularly checked, our instructors are of the highest standard, and our processes fully comprehensive. We take pains to make sure that you’re informed and supported through your training and beyond.

Ongoing Support

Once you have qualified as a professional HGV driver, you’ll need to complete 35 hours of training every 5 years to keep your CPC valid. We manage this training too, so that you never fall behind. 

The training process

So, what do you need to do to start your HGV driver training? Initially you just need to be over 18 with a full UK driving licence. The first steps are below, and we can guide and support you through them as part of our service. 

Provisional licence

You must complete and return part D2 of the driving licence application form to the DVLA. This specifies which driver categories you want to apply to add to your licence. You’ll send the application off with your existing photocard licence and receive your provisional licence, without a charge, within 21 days. 

Driver medical

In order to qualify as an HGV driver, you must have had a medical consultation with a GP or private medical firm. They will fill in part D4 of the provisional driving licence application which should be returned to the DVLA with part D2. 

Licence categories

The principal here is that the higher the category, the greater the variety of vehicles you will be entitled to drive. This is a basic summary of the different categories that vehicles fall into:

  • C1 – A rigid bodied vehicle between 3,500kg – 7,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). This includes a trailer up to 750kg.
  • C – Any rigid bodied vehicle over 3,500 kg plus a trailer up to 750kg.
  • C1E – An extension of the trailing allowance of C1 to loads over 750kg. The combined MAM must not exceed 12000kg
  • CE – This is the highest level category for HGV drivers before you move into specialist qualifications. It is an extension of the towing capacity of a C category licence above 750kg.

At HGV Training Centre, we’re passionate about our learning process. We’ll support you through training, your CPC qualification, and with finding a job role once you’ve qualified. To learn more or explore your options, just give us a call.

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