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11 months ago by Graeme Doyle

Enhance Your Skills with Free HGV/LGV Training

Free Hgv Training Courses

​Demand for HGV/LGV drivers is higher than ever, meaning that there’s lots of opportunity for skilled candidates to secure great driving jobs across the UK.

To tackle the driver shortage, we’ve partnered with logistics training provider, System Group to offer 80 - 100 fully funded LGV training courses to businesses throughout the UK.

So whether you’re looking to offer new training courses for your staff, or you’re looking to start your career as a driver with a company that offers great training opportunities, we can help.

LGV Apprenticeships

For those of you looking to secure your first job as an LGV driver, one of the training courses our client companies can offer is the Level 2 Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) apprenticeship. The apprenticeship course is aimed at people who do not yet have a HGV/LGV licence.

To secure an LGV apprenticeship, you will need to successfully apply to work with one of our transport & logistics clients that is offering the course. The apprenticeship will then last 12 months.

The course will be fully funded by TLP, so whether you’re a candidate learning on the job, or a business offering the course, it won’t cost you a penny.

What will you learn?

Throughout the duration of your training, you will learn everything you need to become a HGV/LGV driver. Some of the key things you’ll learn are:

  • Health and safety practices and legislation

  • Road safety practices and legislation

  • Vehicle safety and preparation

  • Safe and fuel efficient driving (SAFED)

  • Transport planning

  • Using industry recognised systems and technology.

What will you achieve?

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 2 qualification and a Category C LGV licence (also referred to as a Class 2 licence). You will also have gained valuable experience of working within transport and logistics.

If you’d like to start offering HGV apprenticeships in your business, get in touch for more information. Or if you’re looking for a job, give us a call to find out which employers have already signed up!

SWAP Training

We are also offering our Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) to help UK businesses train and up-skill new HGV/LGV drivers.

Our SWAP training is available to businesses that are looking to hire multiple drivers at one time. SWAP is then offered to individuals who may have previous experience of working in logistics but who require further training to land a job as a HGV/LGV driver.

How does it work?

SWAP is short-term pre-employment training, which will typically last between 8 and 12 weeks.

Our SWAP scheme gives you training on the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for a job as an LGV driver prior to becoming employed.

As with the apprenticeship scheme, SWAP training is fully funded by TLP, and upon successful completion of the training, you are guaranteed a job interview with one of our logistics clients.

What will you learn?

During the SWAP course, you will be given training on the following key areas:

  • Health and safety

  • Warehousing & storage

  • Driving a heavy goods vehicle

What will you achieve?

Upon successful completion of your Driving SWAP training, you will be awarded a Category C + E licence (also known as a HGV Class 1 or Artic licence).

The cat C+E licence will allow you to drive vehicles over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg (the largest vehicle you can drive), opening up a huge range of opportunities for you to secure HGV jobs.

If you are interested in finding out more about our licence upgrade and training opportunities, contact your nearest TLP office for more information.

How to Get a HGV/LGV Licence

To become an LGV driver, you will need to be at least 18 years old and already in possession of a full UK driving licence (to drive a car).

To become a HGV driver of any class, you need to:

  1. Apply for your provisional licence

  2. Take a medical exam

  3. Take a theory test

  4. Achieve the driver CPC certification

  5. Undertake LGV training from a DVLA approved instructor (such as our training partner, System Group)

  6. Take a practical test

  7. Undertake 35 hours of training every 5 years

As referenced in our training details above, you will need to undertake different training and tests to be able to drive different types of vehicles. A class C licence holder, for example, is able to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, but not above 32 tonnes.

Once you’re over 45, you will need to renew your licence every 5 years until you’re 65, at which point your renewal needs to be annual.

If you’re looking for a new job and are interested in our up-skill opportunities, or if you’d like to start offering HGV training in your business, get in touch today.