Apprenticeships in England
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Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers transport goods between locations. They move items for suppliers and customers, locally, nationally and internationally. As a lorry driver, you will spend a lot of time on the road and could be away from home frequently. You’ll plan delivery schedules and ensure that loads are delivered on time to the correct locations.
To become an HGV driver you’ll need to be over 18 years old (for many companies this may rise to over 21, for insurance purposes) and hold a full UK driving licence.
You can gain the additional qualifications you need by doing specified training courses. Some companies may offer HGV driver training as part of an apprenticeship.
If you already have some experience, you may be able to apply directly to an employer for work.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You will have to attend a specialist training provider to gain the correct qualifications and experience to gain your HGV licence.
Your HGV driving licence test has two parts:
For each of these you’ll need to sit a theory test, a practical test, show a good understanding of road safety and demonstrate how to load and unload your HGV safely.
You’ll need to have eyesight and medical assessments to get your licence. You won’t always need formal qualifications.
Once you’re newly qualified you’ll need to apply for a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (also known as a Driver CPC) in order to work.
There is no direct apprenticeship to become an HGV driver but some employers may offer HGV training to enhance your apprenticeship, i.e. in HGV maintenance.
If you have experience as a light goods driver you may find an employer who will help you get your HGV licence.
If you have previously worked as an HGV driver, you will need to do a refresher training to return to the role.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an HGV driver include:
As an HGV driver you will be responsible for the safe transportation of goods around the country, or even overseas.
The job role of an HGV driver includes the following duties:
The expected salary for an HGV driver increases as you become more experienced.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest HGV driver vacancies:
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You could gain more licences to pull trailers or transport hazardous substances.
Some HGV drivers become transport managers, planners, freight operators or logistics and plant manager. You could earn a higher salary in a more senior position.
You could move into teaching and become an HGV instructor.
Explore the progression opportunities below