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Our network ensures that 95% of the UK population is never more that one hour away from one of our centres.
Obtaining a Category C or C+E licence in Northern Ireland is similar to elsewhere in the UK in the sense that candidates must undergo a certain amount of training before taking and passing a series of tests. It is a process that can take several weeks or months, depending on who the driver chooses to receive training from. We believe your best option is the HGV Training Centre. We offer HGV training in County Armagh as well as dozens of other locales throughout the UK.
Some describe our training as HGV test training because our primary focus is to prepare students for their tests. But in reality, we go further than that. We also train our students to be successful in their careers as professional HGV and PCV drivers. Those who go on to work professionally constantly refer to their training in order to do their jobs effectively.
HGV drivers in the UK typically have one of two commercial driving licences:
We train students for both of these licence categories as well as all of the licences in the B and D categories. We even train forklift truck operators and owners of horseboxes and horsebox trailers.
It used to be that the new HGV driver could sign up for the necessary tests without ever undergoing formal training. That is no longer possible. Drivers now must take a minimum of 35 hours of classroom training just to earn a Driver CPC qualification card. Additional training is not legally necessary in order to book the various tests, but it is necessary from a practical standpoint.
Driving an HGV is not an easy task by any standard. Only the best-trained drivers are the safest and most proficient drivers on the road. At the HGV Training Centre, those are the kinds of drivers we want to see completing our programmes. Our HGV training in County Armagh is intended to accomplish just that. With every new class that forms, we aim to graduate highly skilled professionals more than capable of getting the job done.
In the simplest terms possible, we train while you learn. Training takes place both in the classroom and behind the wheel of a late-model HGV at one of our training centres. We do not just teach book knowledge; we give our students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have learned and practice their skills along the way. By the time students complete our training, they have all the confidence they need to be successful.
Your desire to undergo HGV training in County Armagh is likely predicated on a much stronger desire to find a job. Therefore, we see no valid reason for prolonging your training unnecessarily. We do not waste time presenting you with information you do not need to know to pass your tests or get a job. We concentrate your training only on things that are necessary.
The result of not wasting your time is this: most of our students who learn quickly and can apply themselves finish training in a matter of weeks. Even those who need a little more time can be done in just over a month. When you train with the HGV Training Centre, you will not be going to class for 6 to 12 months just to get your commercial driving licence.
Speed is one of the advantages HGV training has over going to university or trade school. While everyone else is working through a two or three-year programme, the professional driver completes training and testing in about a month and then goes right to work.
The HGV Training Centre is now the largest provider of professional driver training in the UK. As such, we operate more than four dozen facilities in and around every major metropolitan region. Indeed, our HGV training in County Armagh is just one programme in a much larger operational scheme.
We have chosen to pursue a growth strategy with the understanding that making training as convenient as possible for our students increases the likelihood of them completing their programmes on schedule. If students have to commute long distances for training or, even worse, temporarily relocate because commuting distance is too great, they are less likely to see training through to the end.
With so many locations around the UK, there is likely an HGV Training Centre facility within easy commuting distance of where you currently live or work. You can go to class during the day and return to the comfort of your home every evening. That is the way training should be.
Organisations such as the FTA and RHA continually petition the government for a bit of financial help that could make HGV training accessible to more people. Thus far, the government has been unwilling to get involved. But no worries. We do everything we can at the HGV Training Centre to make training affordable for almost any budget.
We keep our costs low by taking advantage of our size. Like a big box retailer can sell at a lower price due to a higher offsetting volume, we can keep our training costs lower because we put so many new drivers through our programmes every month. Our size also enables us to use our resources more efficiently, thus saving more money.
You spend less on your training with us because we charge less. Even better, you spend less to be trained as a professional by undergoing a fast-paced and intense training programme that gets you in and out as quickly as possible. In other words, you are not spending extra on long and cumbersome courses you do not need.
If fitting training into your budget is a problem, there are still no worries. We work with Pay 4 Later to offer our students a financing option on all of our training programmes. You can finance your training now while deferring repayment until later. You should have no trouble making loan repayments once you land that first job as a professional.
We assume you have visited our website today because you are seriously considering enrolling in our HGV training in County Armagh. Or maybe you are visiting just because you’re curious. If that’s the case, we encourage you to seriously consider becoming a professional driver. The haulage and transport sectors are in desperate need of new drivers right now. Some estimates suggest we are short as many as 40,000 drivers; estimates go on to say more than 100,000 new drivers will be needed between now and the end of the decade.
A driving career can offer you a lifetime of work and very competitive pay. In addition, professional driving offers the opportunity to earn a living without being cooped up in an office all day. The driver gets to visit new places, meet all sorts of people, and see things that would otherwise not be seen.
You will never have to worry about having a job as an HGV driver either. Just meet your employer’s expectations and follow the law and you will be employed for as long as you want to be. Companies are looking for bright and dependable drivers. Then they do everything they can to retain the ones they find.
For more information about our HGV training in County Armagh, or a driving career in general, do not be afraid to contact us at your earliest convenience. We can get you signed up and started with the very next class forming in your local area.
The HGV Training Centre trains over 200 people per month. We are the UK’s largest specialist vehicle training company, training for some of the UK’s biggest organisations.
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