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How can you train to become an HGV driver?

The UK Government is investing in making Driving training available as ‘Skills Bootcamps’ for up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers, with the objective to help tackle driving skills shortages and support jobseekers to launch their careers within the Logistics sector. This training is an addition to other similar local courses that’s funded by the Government’s Adult Education Budget (AEB).

What is Skills Bootcamps HGV driver training all about?

The training is free to all participants, and is made up of flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks (around 4 months). These short HGV driver training courses cover support, training and testing required to take someone with experience of only driving a car right through to being a road ready HGV Driver, by providing you with a Category C or Category C+E driving licence. The courses may take a bit longer to complete depending on the licence you’re aiming to obtain and the tests required.

The range of courses on offer by the UK Government will suit candidates with varying levels of experience including:

  • Those with none or limited experience in HGV driving
  • Those who require additional HGV qualifications
  • Those who wish to further specialise from driving licence Category C to Category C+E
  • Those who wish to return to the HGV driving profession after taking a break in their careers.

Choosing to become an HGV Driver is a great career choice for many, with plenty of opportunities across the Logistics sector.

Am I eligible to apply for the free HGV driver training?

You can apply for a free Skills Bootcamp in HGV driving if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re aged 19 years or over
  • You’re employed, self-employed, have recently become unemployed in the last 12 months, or are returning to work after a break
  • You have a full UK driving licence

Some of the courses may have additional eligibility criteria, which you would be able to check with your local training provider.

Are you a good fit for an HGV Driver job?

To succeed as an HGV Driver you would need to demonstrate key skills including:

  • Alertness on the job
  • A sense of responsibility
  • The ability to work independently
  • Reliability
  • Customer service skills

How do I sign up for the HGV driver training?

Skills Bootcamps training to become an HGV Driver will soon be available in November or December this year by the Government, depending on the timings of local training providers. If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about when the free training is open for applications, how to apply and where they would be running across the UK, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook where we’ll share updates with our followers.

Are there other ways to train to become an HGV Driver?

There are other Level 2 certificates which can be completed that’s coordinated by local providers:

  • Highfield Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • ProQual Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Pearson Edexcel Level Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • ICQ Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • SQA Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles

You may be able to get Government funding between now and 31st July 2022 for both your medical and HGV driving licences as part of the UK Government’s AEB, if your local provider has availability and is offering these certifications.

How Blue Arrow can help

We work with hundreds of great employers across the UK who are looking for people with Driving skills. Complete the form below for us to see if we can help find you training opportunities with a training provider, and in the meantime help find you a Driving job.

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