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The Specialised HGV Training Centre is the UK’s largest provider of LGV / HGV Training. With access to over 60 training centres across the country, we have the biggest network of locations and vehicles available anywhere. The Specialised HGV Training Centre has decades of experience in training candidates from scratch, all the way through to high-paying placements as an HGV/LGV driver. But we don’t stop there. We also offer training across the whole range of DVLA licence categories including PCV (bus licences), Forklift Training and all elements of the new Driver CPC. We are accredited and approved by all the main industry bodies including the FTA (Freight Transport Association). We offer official DSA (Driver Standard Agency) examinations and all categories are added and endorsed by the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency.
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We are not just an LGV training provider. The Specialised HGV Training Centre prides itself on its contacts and networks that assist new licence-holders into employment. Just check out our Jobs section, there are literally 1000’s of positions available across the UK, which all need filling with the right driver. Not only do we have a dedicated area on the site for job location – but we are connected and have contracts with some of the largest employment agencies in the UK. It’s in our interest to find you a job – we get paid by these agencies if we can assist in filling vacancies. Once you have completed your licence acquisition and passed your DSA examination, we’ll work with you to try and find that perfect driving job. Nationwide estimates put the ‘Driver Shortage’ between 20,000 to 40,000 – this means that when you’ve passed, with a little bit of patience and our help, you’ll be a sought after employee with all the best qualifications.
The Specialised HGV Training Centre prides itself on customer service. We don’t just send you a load of forms and sit back waiting for you to do all the work. Once you’ve signed up for one of our courses you’ll be allocated a specialist Training Co-ordinator (TC) – who will be with you at every step of the way. Our Co-ordinators our specially trained and are on hand whenever you need them. They will assist and guide you through the LGV licence acquisition process – which can be daunting and intimidating if you don’t know what you’re doing. Our TC’s will help you complete forms, assist in arranging medicals, help out with software issues and generally be on hand to ease your journey from trainee to fully-fledged HGV/LGV driver. A lot of our TC’s are ex-truckers – so they really understand and appreciate what it is you’re going through. We turn a complicated and potentially stressful process into a smooth, effortless transaction – and our testimonials and huge client base will back this up.
The Specialised HGV Training Centre will literally do it all! Well – we can’t take your driving test for you but we can ensure that everything you receive training-wise will be of the highest possible standard. Take a look what we offer for an HGV Cat C Course:
• Full provisional licence application pack (we’ll even part-complete the eight page DVLA form for you)
• Full medical application pack with medicals guaranteed to the lowest price in the UK
• State-of-the-art Theory Test Training Software – this piece of kit has been developed with the DSA, we’ve even got a smartphone App which allows you to learn on the go. We’ll also track your progress through our servers and let you know when we think you’re ready for the real thing.
• Complete booking, registration and examination facility for both parts of your Theory Test. We’ll book it; pay for it then SMS you so you know where to be and when. All you need to do is your homework!
• Full 16hr DSA registered instruction at a choice of over 60 centres. Once you’ve completed the above, we’ll book you in for your full LGV / HGV Training Course. You’ll get 1-2-1 tuition from some of the best instructors around, guys with years of experience and a reputation for getting people successfully through their courses.
• Complete DSA Examination – once you’ve completed your course we’ll have you ready for your DSA Test. We’ll have pre-booked and pre-named your test, you’ll drive there with your instructor for some last minute tuition – then it’s over to you!
Any vehicle over 7.5t that has a detachable or separate trailer, Cat 'C+E' licences can only be applied for once the driver has taken and passed their Cat 'C'. These are larger vehicles so tend to be used for long haul, national and international routes. Starting salaries are around £28,000 per yea.. Read more
For vehicles in a rigid-based body that is over 7.5t – examples include fire engines, rubbish collection vehicles and any HGV, providing the vehicle is all one unit (i.e. the cab does not separate from the trailer). Usually operated in towns and cities, starting salaries for Cat 'C' drivers are ar.. Read more
For use if driving any goods vehicle that is above 3.5t and below 7.5t in weight. If you gained your driving licence before 1997, you will automatically have this category on your licence. If you gained your driving licence after 1997, you will have to take a test. Note – if you gain your Cat 'C' .. Read more
Same as CAT C1, but gives you the capacity to tow a trailer behind your C1 vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.
This enables you to tow an item behind a standard car. Again, if you passed before 1997 you do not need to pass a test to tow a trailer behind a car – if you passed after 1997, a full course and driving test is required. Course can be completed in 3x days.
This is a full bus / coach licence, enabling you to drive any sized Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.
Enables you to drive a minibus of 9-16 seats maximum. If you passed your driving test before 1997 this category will already be on your licence, if you passed after that date a full course and test is required. Course can be completed in 1x week.
The licences depend on what vehicle is used and the type of environment it is used in. 1-day refresher courses: for experienced operators with lapsed licences 3-day mini courses: for experienced operators who have not received formal training 5-day full courses: for novices who have not received any.. Read more
As someone interested in earning an LGV licence, we suspect you have a lot of questions about the process. So who better to ask than experienced drivers themselves? At the HGV Training Centre, we only employ instructors who have spent time behind the wheel as real-world professionals. Each of our in...
Every professional HGV and PCV driver has to undergo a minimal amount of training in order to be licenced and certified under the Driver CPC scheme. Yet the operative word here is ‘minimal’. Just because a driver has met the requirements for minimal training does not mean he or she is fu...
Do you own a caravan, horsebox trailer, or cargo trailer? If so, do you possess a Category B+E licence? We ask because the majority of trailer owners in the UK are required to have the additional entitlement to tow legally. If you need the entitlement and do not have it, you could face severe penalt...
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we have access to the best paid jobs and our courses can be completed in just a week!
23 March 2017
LGV Truck stops are a very important factor in enjoying your job as an LGV driver. The right facilities can make long journeys a real treat, and something you enjoy doing rather than something you’re simply paid to do. Hot showers, good food, evening entertainment, clean facilities, security and rLEARN MORE
15 March 2017
HGV drivers are rarely the victims of crime but, on the few occasions when they are, it can take the form of petrol theft. The fuel in an HGV is sometimes as financially valuable as the HGV’s actual cargo, and it’s almost always easier to reach when the vehicle is left unattended – if the.LEARN MORE
6 March 2017
‘Mega trucks’ is the name given to HGVs that are longer, wider and heavier than any other type of HGV. These trucks can be so long that they take up more space on the road than two double-decker buses combined – up to 25.25m in length – and may weigh anything up to 60 tonnes...LEARN MORE
9 February 2017
Of course, all the HGV drivers we train are incredibly safe and careful drivers, and we’re very proud to say so but, nevertheless, there have been some HGV-related accidents in the news now and then. One of the things that can happen when an HGV has an accident is that the cargo can be spilt..LEARN MORE
31 January 2017
As a professional driver, driving long distances, you’re likely to become very familiar with truck stop facilities. These are places for LGV drivers to park up and refuel their vehicles, get refreshed, eat, and often sleep too. However, the most helpful and polite ways to behave at a truck stop arLEARN MORE
30 January 2017
Some of the very best paid HGV driving jobs you’ll see if you look at job listings, for example on our Job Finder service, are those that involve transporting dangerous goods. This isn’t simply because they come with more risk attached, in theory, than other driving jobs, but because there are eLEARN MORE
18 January 2017
It might surprise you to learn that mirrors aren’t essential parts of an LGV, and that you don’t actually need mirrors to drive at all. They can be bulky and vulnerable to damage. The cost of replacing LGV Mirrors can really add up if it happens regularly. But before you decide to stop using LGVLEARN MORE
10 January 2017
Driving an HGV in London is unlike driving in any other city in the UK. That’s why training in London can give you an edge when it comes to actually working in the capital as a professional driver. We’ve weighed up some of the pros, cons, and general differences when it comes to driving in..LEARN MORE
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