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HGV Training Experts

With 90+ HGV training locations nationwide, and an industry-leading recruitment network, we’ll get you your HGV licence AND dream job.

  • We offer 1:1 support from our dedicated training advisors, so you can feel confident in the whole process.

  • We’ll organise your medical, theory & practical training and tests, and even a job finding service when you pass; we’ve got you covered.

Which licence are you interested in? Read on for more details

Interested in an HGV License but not sure which one is right for you? We can help...

We offer Training packages for all HGV licences, from Cat c to Cat C+E. Our helpful HGV licence guide below demonstrates the benefits of each course.

People sometimes ask us the difference between LGV and HGV licences, and the truth is they are interchangeable. HGV stands for Heavy Goods Vehicle, and LGV stands for Large Goods Vehicle; both refer to vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.

You may not know yet which type (or 'Class') of licence is right for you in terms of earning potential, time on the road, and duties involved.

Every licence has different advantages.

Class 2 or Category C ('Cat C'), refers to any rigid body vehicle. It's a great starting licence as it's a smaller vehicle, some see it as less daunting to train for, so is a good path into a successful HGV driving career. It's also a great licence if you're looking for a new job, as there are thousands of vacancies across the UK right now – for example local deliveries, short haul trips, retail and refuse drivers.

Class 1, also known as Cat C+E (famous in the industry as 'Artic,' or 'Wagon and drag'), qualifies you to drive any truck over 3500kg with a trailer over 750kg. It offers a higher salary potential, and is usually longer haul routes, with fewer stops. It can be national or international travel. There's a higher earning potential for C+E licence holders, with salary expectations up to £45k.

For more detail on any of the licenses click on any of the licenses below, or see our FAQ's further down the page for common questions, such as How long does it take to learn to drive an HGV and How much does HGV training cost?

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FAQ's

We answer all your questions about our specialist HGV Training

How long does it take to learn to drive a HGV?

It takes around 6-7 weeks to learn to drive a HGV. This covers everything from applying for your provisional licence, to having a medical, and then learning the theory and practical skills you need to pass 4 tests for your licence.

How much does HGV training cost?

HGV training doesn’t have to be expensive – particularly if you opt for a more fast-tracked training route. By choosing a training school like ours, you can take advantage of a very competitive price, and get on the road faster too.

What qualifications do I need to be a HGV instructor?

None! All you need is a valid HGV licence, which you’ve had for at least 3 years. This shows you have the experience needed to supervise a learner HGV driver, and help support them through their tests. If you want to train officially, courses are available.

How much do HGV drivers earn in UK?

The amount a HGV driver in the UK can earn varies depending on employer, but typically the starting salary for a newly qualified driver is anywhere between £19-24K. If you have any more experience, like multiple licence categories, then you could earn up to £40K.

How hard is it to pass HGV test?

If you’ve taken a standard drivers test in the past, then you will already know how difficult it is. If you’ve trained properly, with a good school, the you will find your tests simple and straightforward to do. All you need to be able to do is concentrate, stay calm, and be confident in your knowledge and experience.

Can you go straight for Class 1 HGV?

Technically, yes. On top of your standard Driver CPC, you need to have a Cat C licence before you can take your Class 1 (or Cat E) test. But you can take the tests for your Cat C and your Cat E at the same time, so you don’t need to wait between tests.

Is there a shortage of HGV drivers UK?

There is no doubt that the UK is experiencing a driver shortage. With demand for 370,000 drivers and only 320,000 currently qualified and working, the UK is in desperate need of more drivers to fill the demand of the industry.

Why our HGV Training?

Our schools

92 training centres nationwide

We regularly audit our schools to maintain our exceptional pass rates. Our instructors are friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Personal service

Get your dedicated training advisor

Every driver is different. That's why you'll get a dedicated training advisor to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

After care

Help finding you work after you pass

Our expert recruitment team will conduct a suitability questionnaire to match you with work, help rewrite your CV, and share regular job updates with you.

With you all the way Expert support after you pass

  • Help rewriting your CV

    Our recruitment team can help write you a job-winning CV.

  • Career advice from industry experts

    Get free, impartial advice on potential employers and career development.

  • Regular job updates

    We’ll regularly keep you posted with our top picks for you by email.

Our Latest HGV Jobs

Class 1 Driver Category C+E

  • Tadcaster
  • From £34,000

Full Time & Part Time Class 1 Drivers

  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Up to £36,000 OTE

Full & Part Time Class 1 Drivers (Stores Delivery)

  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Up to £42,000 OTE

Cat C Multi-Drop Driver

  • Southampton
  • Competitive

See all our HGV jobs

Things to consider when choosing a HGV training course

Do you want to become a HGV driver? If so, there are a few things that you need to consider before enrolling in an HGV training course. One of the most important things is finding the right training centre for you. There are many training centres out there that offer HGV training, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Here, we will discuss some of the factors you should consider when making your decision.

Check out the things to consider below:

The cost of the HGV course

When choosing between cheap HGV training providers, it is important to consider the quality of service offered. Some HGV training centres provide outdated vehicles and an understaffed team, whereas others offer higher quality vehicles and standard of training. We offer support throughout the training process, and access to the highest quality HGV Training. We know that every driver is different, and we have a variety of HGV training packages to suit every need.

Training company reputation

To maintain our exceptional pass rates, we regularly audit instructor qualifications and training programs. Our instructors are friendly professionals who know how to teach students in the best way to ensure success on test day. Our high quality HGV training and professional approach will make sure that all of our customers get what they need for a safe and successful HGV training experience.

Location of the training centre

To find the best HGV training company, location is always an important factor. We will always offer a school with the best availability and dates for your HGV Training. It’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with local test routes. This is important for your confidence and awareness when it comes to the practical HGV driving test. Our schools always aim to provide this during training hours.

The length of the course

One thing that's important to consider before signing up for any kind of learning opportunity is how long the course will take. You need enough time in your day to fit it into other commitments, like work or family responsibilities (if you have them). Our HGV training courses are between 4- 8 days depending on what HGV course you register for. Speak to one of our friendly advisors to find out which one is right for you.

Job placement opportunities

Over the last few years, the HGV driver shortage has been a hot topic. The logistics industry has always needed people to deliver goods, and now more than ever there aren't enough HGV drivers in our country! Haulage firms are constantly looking outwards towards potential new employees - they want drivers for large trucks through to small vans. Some HGV training providers don’t provide support with recruitment after HGV training, leaving you on your own to find employment. The LGV Training company has relationships with agencies and employers, as well as offering a free CV writing service, to help you find the perfect HGV driving job that’s right for you.

Variety of HGV training

It takes more than just theory to keep you safe on the road. You need practical skills as well- which can only come from hours spent behind an instructor's wheel or laying down miles of tracks under your own power! That’s why we also look at how many types of training programs each school offers. A quality school offers various training from Class 3 driver training to Class 1. When you're looking for a HGV training centre, don’t rush into it. Take your time and do plenty of research so that the best option is clear to make—and then take advantage with quality training!

We are here to help you!

Whether you’re a first time driver, thinking of changing your career, or just want to enhance your skill set, we can help. Our courses are flexible and affordable so they suit everyone’s needs – from those starting as drivers all the way through advanced HGV license training programs! If there is anything at all that interests you then get into touch today for some free advice on what might be best suited by contacting one of our experts now who will guide you at every stage during this process.