Why become a HGV Driver
Large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers, also known as HGV drivers, transport and deliver goods and raw materials across the UK and overseas. They move everything from foodstuffs to fuel. Earn great money doing something you love. With an average salary in some areas of the UK, as high as £55,000 per year.
Not your standard 9-5 job. With flexible hours and a limit to how many hours you have to work, there are not many better industries to be in. If you enjoy working by yourself, want a job that makes use of your driving skills, has huge earning potential and one that can take you all over the country, this career could be for you.
Current Driver Shortages
There is currently a huge demand for LGV drivers across the country, as the industry looks to replace drivers who are approaching retirement.
Estimates range from 80,000 to 100,000 drivers desperately needed, right now.
The increase in demand for distribution during the pandemic has also contributed to the number of drivers required. With the average age of lorry drivers currently sitting at 53 years old, we are losing nearly 4,000 drivers a year to retirement.
Class 2 - (Cat C)
The category C license is the most commonly used HGV within the UK and Europe as it is very versatile. This licence allows drivers to drive rigid vehicles (cab and trailer permanently fixed) above 3.5T but must not exceed 32T.
The category C licence is probably the best licence to start with if you only currently hold a car licence, as nearly all industries rely on deliveries done in class 2’s. Drivers of this vehicle can earn a very generous wage with an average salary of up to £30k per year, for a 40 – 45 hour driving week.
Class 1 (Cat C+E)
The Category C+E licence also known as Class 1’s are more commonly used for the larger loads and longer distances. This licence will allow you to drive lorries with trailers attached to them, with a max weight limit of up to 44 tons.
The category C+E can only be obtained once you already have a Cat C licence, so experience as a driver is normally recommended before you go for largest licence you can obtain. Drivers of class 1’s can expect the highest wages in our industry, with an average wage of £40k per year, and the more specialist jobs averaging at around £50k per year.
7.5 Ton (Cat C1)
The Cat C1 licence is often referred to as the lorry that delivers the “Final Mile”. They are smaller than a class 2 lorry which makes them perfect for doing deliveries in built up areas. This licence is also normally required by Ambulances drivers and people that drive horse boxes. This licence allows drivers to drive rigid vehicles (cab and trailer permanently fixed) above 3.5Tons but must not exceed 7.5Tons.
The Cat C1 licence is ideal if you’re just venturing into professional driving and want to start out with smaller trucks. Once you have this licence, you can build on it and drive larger and larger vehicles as you work your way through the licence levels, eventually reaching the highest paid jobs. Drivers of this vehicle can earn a very good wage with an average salary of up to £24k per year, for a 40 – 45 hour driving week.
7.5Ton + Trailer (Cat C1 + E)
The Cat C1+E is a standard 7.5 Ton licence with a trailer on the back. These vehicles are more commonly used by workmen, gardeners and road workers. This licence will allow you to drive 7.5 ton lorries with trailers attached to them.
This licence is ideal for current Cat C1 licence holders who are looking to increase their earning potential as it gives you a wider choice of job options. As The category C1+E can only be obtained once you already have a Cat C1 licence
Drivers of this vehicle earn an even better wage than a normal 7.5 ton driver. With an average salary of up to £28k per year, for a 40 – 45 hour driving week.
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Over 50 centres across the UK
We have the Largest network of high-quality training sites in the UK – our training centres cover nearly all major towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales.
Get a job after you pass!
With the driver shortage currently sitting at 100,000 drivers needed, we have setup an exclusive partnership with Blue Arrow, one of the UKs largest specialist staffing companies. Blue Arrow hire drivers for some of the biggest companies in the UK.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a shortage of HGV drivers in the UK?
The current driver shortage is now sitting at around the 100,000 mark. This is now reaching a real crisis point as the demand for distribution keeps on increasing year on year.
The industry is currently losing nearly 4000 drivers a year to retirement, as the average age of an existing lorry driver is 53yo.
The demand for drivers has also increased by nearly 40000 drivers during the Covid19 pandemic and Brexit.
Why is there a driver shortage?
The average age of a HGV driver is 53 years old and only 2% of drivers are under the age of 25.
That means with the amount of people retiring, there isn’t enough drivers to fully sustain the industry and to continue delivering high quality services. If something isn’t done to try and attract more drivers, the industry shortage will have a huge and long-lasting impact on the goods that are being delivered up and down the UK.
The haulage industry has also blamed the driver shortfall on a post-Brexit exodus of European drivers. The Road Haulage Association estimates that up to 20,000 HGV drivers from the EU left during the Brexit process.
It is also estimated that the extra demand for more drivers during the Covid19 pandemic has increased the demand for HGV drivers by an extra 20,000 as more and more products are being delivered to residential addresses.
How long does it take to learn to drive a HGV?
Once you have the correct provisional entitlement on you licence and you have passed your theory tests, we deliver our training courses in only 5 days. Typically, it is done all in one week, the training would start on the Monday morning and finish on the Friday afternoon. The test with the DVSA is done as soon as you finish your training.
So you sit your test while the training is still fresh in your mind. Giving you the best chance of passing first time.
How much does a HGV driver earn?
A typical class 2 driver earns between £25,000 – £38,000 per year
A typical class 1 driver earns between £30,000 – £55,000 per year
A typical tanker Truck driver (ADR) earns between £40,000 – £60,000 per year
Where will I do my training?
We currently have 50 centres across the UK,
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What the difference between HGV and LGV?
HGV stands for “heavy goods vehicle” and LGV stands for “large good vehicle”, not “light goods vehicle” as some mistakenly believe. This means that, under UK and European law, an HGV license and an LGV license are fundamentally the same thing. They cover all commercial lorries featuring a gross combination mass of over 3500kg, which includes fridge trucks, box vans, Luton vans, flat beds, tippers and more.
Why choose the HGV Training Network?
We arrange everything for you: from your first medical and the provisional application stage, to arranging the theory and practical parts of your test. If you require the licence as part of your career, we will even help you obtain your driver’s CPC qualification. Once you are qualified, we can even help you arrange interviews so you can get your first job as a professional driver.
We handle everything. You can even start the driving lessons now and pay for it later.
How much does HGV training cost?
All of our courses are tailored to each student’s needs. We are even able to pick up from whatever stage you are currently at with your training.
Finance is also available through us, so “Train Now and Pay Later” and spread the costs of the course for up to 36 months.
How does the HGV theory test work?
The HGV Theory Test is broken down into two parts just like a car licence;
1.Hazard Perception Test (identifying developing hazards in video clips)
2.Multiple Choice Test (multiple choice questions).
Both parts of the test are computer-based, and we will provide you with Industry Standard online revision material which mirrors your tests at the Theory Test Centre.
Will the HGV Training Network help me get a job as a HGV driver?
Once you have passed your test, we will help you get in to work by putting you on to our partners at Blue Arrow. Just tell them what sort of jobs you’re looking for and how far you’re prepared to travel, and they will do the rest!
We also get your applications underway by sorting out your CV and Cover Letter to Industry standard.