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How can I train to become an HGV driver? Your questions answered




How can I train to become an HGV driver?

We are investing in new Skills Bootcamps to train up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers.

In addition, people can train through courses accessed locally and funded by the Government’s Adult Education Budget.

The move will help tackle skills shortages and support more people to launch new careers within the logistics sector.

Here we answer your questions on the initiative and what it may mean for you.

What Skills Bootcamps are available?

Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving will soon be available.

Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks. Participants that are looking for a new job, and successfully complete the course, are also guaranteed a job interview with a local employer.

The free, short, intensive HGV courses will train drivers to be road ready (and gain a cat C or cat C&E licence), helping to tackle the current HGV driver shortage.

You can find out more about Skills Bootcamps here: Free courses for jobs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Are Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving for me?

You are eligible to apply for a Skills Bootcamp in HGV driving if you are aged 19 or over and are employed, self-employed, have recently become unemployed (in the past 12 months) or are returning to work after a break. You will also need to have a full UK driving licence.

Some Skills Bootcamps have additional eligibility criteria, so check with your local Skills Bootcamp provider.

There will be a range of courses on offer to suit varying levels of experience, so you may be interested in applying for a Skills Bootcamp in HGV driving if you:
have no, or limited, experience in HGV driving and you’re interested in starting a new job in the industry
require additional HGV qualifications, such as Accord Dangereux Routier (“ADR”) or the Petroleum Driver Passport (“PDP”)
wish to upgrade from driving licence category C to category C+E
are returning to the HGV profession

How do I apply to be on a Skills Bootcamp to be an HGV driver?

Course places on Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving will start opening from November.

Information on where the courses will be running across the country and how you can apply to take part will be available from mid-November on gov.uk: List of Skills Bootcamps - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

You can contact the National Careers Service for advice on the options open to you, stay up to date on course availability and register your interest in Skills Bootcamps: nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us.

Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving will then begin from around the end of November or early December, depending on the timings of your local training provider.
Will I have to pay to do a Skills Bootcamp?

No, Skills Bootcamps training is free of charge to eligible learners.

How long will Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving take?

Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving are short, intensive training courses of up to 16 weeks. It may take longer to gain your licence, as this will vary depending on the tests required.
Are there other routes available to help me become an HGV driver?

Yes, there are currently five Level 2 certificates in driving goods vehicles which are available to take now:

- 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

If your local provider is offering these courses then you may be able to get funding for both your medical and HGV licences, as part of the Government’s Adult Education Budget (AEB). This offer is available between 1st August 2021 and 31st July 2022 and subject to your providers availability.

Previously, any adult who took these qualifications had to pay for their own licences.

What does the funding cover and am I eligible?

AEB funding will cover a maximum of one test per person and it applies only to the cost of an HGV and medical licence, not the cost of the qualification itself. Taking a course is also subject to availability at your local provider.

These existing qualifications are either fully funded by government or co-funded depending on your personal circumstances, such as your age, income, or qualifications you have previously gained.

If you are fall into one of the following groups, you could also be eligible to have the cost of a Level 2 qualification in HGV driving funded:
Unemployed
Currently earn less than £17,374.50

Please contact your provider to find out more about the courses on offer and eligibility.

What will I learn on the course?

The course will cover all the testing, training and support required to take someone with experience of only driving a car right through to being a road ready HGV driver.

AEB qualifications in HGV driving consist of around 150 guided learning hours. The length of time taken to complete the qualifications will depend on the providers who deliver the qualification and the individual circumstances and prior experience of the learner.
What steps should I take to access these courses and AEB funding?

If you are interested in applying for this training, you can find out more by;
Visiting the National Careers Service find a course tool
Contacting your local FE provider to find out if they offer one of the 5 driving qualifications and to confirm if you are eligible to have your medical and licences funded by the AEB
Speaking to a local careers adviser at service.gov.uk/contact-us to find out more

Individuals should contact their training provider if they have any queries about the cost of their HGV and medical licences.

If you have taken one of the courses listed above between 1st August and today, then please contact your provider to find out if your medical and license costs could be backdated and funded by the AEB. This is subject to your providers availability.

What skills will be helpful if I want to become an HGV driver?

There are a few skills you will need to possess in order to become an HGV Driver, these include;
A sense of responsibility
Alertness
An ability to work independently
Impeccable driving record
Customer service skills
Knowledge of truck mechanics
Maintenance skills
Reliability
Organisational skills
Excellent driving skills
Interpersonal skills
Concentration skills

If you want to prepare for a course in HGV driving, you might want to build up these skills. You can access free, online courses in employability skills like some of the ones listed above via The Skills Toolkit at: gov.uk/theskillstoolkit.

If you want to find out more about free courses and qualifications that could help boost your skills and get ahead in work, visit: gov.uk/free-courses-for-jobs to discover more options.

Source: How can I train to become an HGV driver? Your questions answered - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)

HGV DRIVER VISA SCHEME

HGV Driver visa scheme You must apply for HGV food drivers under the temporary visa scheme by 1 December 2021.

All temporary visas for HGV food drivers will expire on 28 February 2022.


How to apply

HGV food drivers allocated through the scheme must have an HGV licence recognised for use in the UK. The scheme applies to EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss licence holders only. They must hold a HGV (category C or C+E) licence.

International road haulage: HGV driver documents
International road haulage: HGV driver documents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


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