Expert HGV Training in Reading
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Why retrain with HGV Training Network in Reading?
With a potential 100,000 upcoming vacancies and a starting salary of £27,000 per year, HGV driving has never been a more attractive career.
Training with HGV Training Network means you can join thousands of satisfied students and, thanks to Blue Arrow, makes finding your first job as easy as starting the engine.
Study locally in one of our 50 training locations across the country – reducing your commute, giving you freedom from travelling, and ensuring you are home for tea.
Why become an HGV driver in Reading?
Sitting just outside of London and adjacent to the M4, HGV training in Reading couldn’t be better located for prospective HGV and LGV drivers.
Because of plentiful career options, graduating drivers are firmly in control of their working lives – choosing jobs that suit them best, with salaries that improve their lifestyle.
Impressive salaries of £55,000 and beyond are open to experienced drivers of all backgrounds and don’t necessarily bring with them long hours – a win-win for everyone.
Why choose HGV Training Network for HGV Training in Reading?
Switching careers can seem like a big step- so let HGV Training Network help and support you to achieve the life you dream of.
HGV Training Network it’s learners 1:1 support and an experienced team who complete the boring admin for you, including arranging your tests and completing all the necessary paperwork.
Once qualified, we can help you find your first job or advance your career further and assist you with taking the next steps
Pricing and finance options for HGV driver training in Reading
Sometimes you want to retrain without spending months saving beforehand.
HGV Training Network offers a range of pricing and finance options, including Train Now, Pay Later finance – which means you can pay monthly in small, manageable chunks, and spread the costs for up to 3 years if eligible.
19.9% APR! Lowest in the industry
Fast and easy application takes 5 minutes
Soft Search that doesn’t affect your credit score
UK Customer service and support throughout
Some of the highest approval rates in the industry
Pay your loan off early without penalty!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will training as an HGV driver take?
HGV driver training generally depends on the individual learner drivers, but can depend on:
- If you have HGV driving experience
- If you have already completed any HGV training
Drivers who only need to complete their practical driver training and test can expect to graduate in around 5 days.
Trainees with no prior experience or training can expect the entire process to last around 4-5 weeks, potentially longer, depending on the individual trainee and how much time they can devote to the training.
No matter where you are starting from, the experienced driving staff here at HGVTN offer personalised 1:1 support for all trainees, doing everything they can to get you into your first driving job.
Do I need to do a medical test to drive an HGV in Reading?
All learners wishing to train as an HGV driver must complete a medical assessment before they begin formal training – this ensures HGV drivers are not likely to experience a health-related road traffic accident while working.
The medical assessment is relaxed and informal, carried out by experienced doctors who regularly carry them out and fill in the relevant paperwork.
As the first step for any learner, this ensures that if the DVLA doesn’t deem you fit to drive professionally, you won’t have already invested lots of time or money into your new endeavour.
The most important thing is not to worry though, most people pass the medical test without a problem and find that they had nothing to worry about.
The team at HGVTN will arrange your medical test for you and support you throughout the process in any way that is needed – giving you the freedom to concentrate on your studies.
What types of training will I need to complete to drive an HGV?
HGV driver training is made up of three different types of training:
- Theory training – as with car driver theory training, theory training is made simpler and easier with our online complimentary DVSA theory test support software.
- Practical training – which takes place over 5 consecutive days, generally Monday – Friday and will be led by our specialist, expert HGV driving instructors and learner vehicles.
- CPC training – an essential, legal requirement for all professional drivers, CPC training and exams will be interwoven through your theory and practical study periods, helping save time.
Can I finish learning to drive an HGV if I’ve had previous training?
Not all students that come to HGVTN are starting afresh – some have started their journey before and dropped out or have completed other driving qualifications and wish to move into a new vehicle type.
Either way, HGVTN can help.
When you call to book, we will find out if you have any previous driving experience and see where you want to go in future – which will tell us which training you need.
- Talk you through any starting paperwork
- Arrange a medical assessment (if needed)
- Book your training sessions at a location of your choosing
- Schedule any relevant tests, including your theory, practical, and CPC certifications (as needed)
Everything is bespoke to your needs, so you can relax and begin looking over the learning materials, so you are ready to get started.
To see how soon your HGV training can begin, reach out to our experienced team today. You can email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Which vehicles can I learn to drive with HGV training in Reading?
Trainees wishing to drive larger vehicles professionally will start by choosing between three possible licences, which correspond to three different vehicle sizes. This includes:
- 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence – the smallest of the vehicles you can learn to drive with HGVTN, this licence applies to rigid vehicles weighing between 3.5 tonnes to 7.5 tonnes. They are perfect for delivery and removal vehicles, ambulances, and smaller horseboxes.
- Class 2 Cat C licence – this licence applies to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes with rigid bases that do not exceed 32 tonnes. Cat C lorries mean professionals can also drive fire engines, tractors with long trailers, refuse or recycling trucks and anything on the Cat C1 vehicles.
- Class 1 Cat C + E licence – this licence covers the largest, heaviest vehicles on UK roads, up to 44 tonnes with a detachable trailer. Articulated HGVs are usually reserved for long-haul routes, but drivers can also control drawbar vehicles and anything from the 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence and the Class 2 Cat C licence.
For expert help deciding which vehicle licence will be best for you call us. Our advisors will gladly discuss your options and career plans with you to help you make a final decision.
What else can I do once I complete HGV training in Reading?
While most of our learners enjoy long rewarding careers driving HGVs across the country, some opt for a change and go on to explore alternative driving careers with other types of vehicles. These can include:
· PCVs – Passenger Carrying Vehicles, such as buses or coaches
· Ambulances and fire engines
· HIABs – lorry-mounted cranes or lorry loaders
· Horseboxes of all sizes
· Refuse or recycling lorries
· ADRs – a Dangerous Goods Vehicle driver, allowing you to carry goods that may be flammable, toxic, or even radioactive!
These jobs come with fantastic salaries thanks to their increased responsibility and high job satisfaction, and depending on where you work, can come with a range of driver-specific benefits!
To see how HGV driving could be a springboard for you, reach out to our expert team today. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our enquiry form and we’ll get you on the road in no time.