Becoming a HGV driver is an incredibly rewarding career. It means a life on the road, being your own boss, and knowing you’re a key part of our country’s economy, even in times of difficulty, like now. It’s also a nice little earner, which is why so many people are now flocking to start their HGV licence training. But if you’re considering a career change, how do you decide which HGV driver training school is right for you, and which you would thrive in? Here are a few things to consider.
The first and most basic step is to do your research. After all, there are hundreds, if not thousands of HGV driver training schools up and down the UK, and the choice of which one you use for your own training comes down to what you need. So take a look around at your local schools, and see what each one offers. Do you just want individual training? Could you benefit from group driver coaching? Do you want to qualify and then be sent on your way, or would you like help and support getting your first job in the HGV world? Each training school will offer something slightly different, so it’s important to do your research and make sure you don’t end up paying for something you don’t actually need, or that isn’t the right fit.
Understanding exactly what kind of license you need is key to making the right decision about a driver training school, so you should take some time to decide this first. For example, do you just want to do your Driver CPC, so that you’re ready for the next step? Do you need support with your theory test? Or do you want some of the more specific HGV training – like coach and minibus, horsebox or even car trailer training? There are a lot of options out there for you to explore, so make sure you’ve had a good look around and know exactly what you want, before you contact any HGV driver training schools.
Unfortunately, qualifying as a HGV driver isn’t a cheap process, which is why you want to make sure you choose the right driver training school. But while you will need to pay a substantial amount for training, if you calculate you’re the potential earnings you can gain from a job in the haulage industry, then your training does become more affordable. The price of your training will vary depending on location and what license you’re trying to gain, so make sure you compare prices to find the best deal for you.
Of course, finding the right training isn’t much help unless there is availability for training that fits into your schedule. For example, if you’re working a job currently but want to earn your HGV license as a way to move on to a new career, then you may not be able to take lessons during the day. So you would need to find a driver school that could offer flexible training slots at any stage of the day. For example, could you have your lessons earlier in the morning, or only on weekends? Find a HGV driver training school that fits into your schedule, and it will be much easier to achieve your goals.
The LGV Training Centre is happy to answer any and all questions you might have about your training, our courses or how becoming a HGV driver works. Our courses are designed to be flexible and affordable, and covers everything from the basic Driver CPC all the way up to more advanced HGV licences. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with the team today and book your free consultation.