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Bristol was built on a bustling port that the saw tonnes of goods moving into and out of the country. And although the local port is no longer the largest economic contributor in the region, Bristol still relies heavily on the logistics industry to support automotive imports, aerospace manufacturing, and defence manufacturing. All of the support industries that keep the main industries going also need a reliable logistics sector as well.

It would stand to reason that an area like Bristol would have a very strong logistics sector due to so much economic activity. Well, it does. On any given day, drivers can encounter thousands of HGVs traversing local roads with consumer goods and manufacturing supplies on board. And behind the wheel of every one of those vehicles is a trained and licenced driver with a good paying job. We can help you get one of those jobs by way of our HGV training in Bristol.

The UK is currently in the midst of severe driver shortage that only looks to get worse in the coming years. Both HGV and PCV operators need tens of thousands of additional drivers just to keep up with the current pace. They will need more in the future to account for an expanding economy and a wave of future retirements that will begin to occur within the next 5 to 10 years. That makes now a great time to get your commercial driving licence and apply for that first job.

Why become a professional HGV or PCV driver? Because it is a career that offers:

  • Good Pay – The starting salary for HGV drivers is between £18,000 and £22,000, according to the National Career Service. Experienced drivers can earn up to £35,000 on average. Overtime and additional entitlements can push earnings even higher.
  • Job Stability – The driver shortage in the UK is so profound that hard-working drivers who comply with government regulations and the policies of their employers do not have to worry about losing their jobs. Professional drivers enjoy some of the best job stability around.
  • Advancement Opportunities – Experienced drivers do not have to remain behind the wheel for their entire careers if they don’t want to. They can go on to become driving trainers, fleet managers, dispatchers, or logistics executives.
  • Great Working Environment – HGV drivers who stick with it for their entire careers often remark about the great working environment they enjoy. Professional driving enables them to be out and about every single day. It also offers new challenges with every load. No two days are the same in this career.

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What Our Training Entails

We offer HGV training in Bristol that is comprehensive and effective. All of the students who pass through our doors learn all of the knowledge they need to be safe and successful drivers. They also learn the driving skills required for the professional driving career. The training we provide can be broken down into three basic categories:

  • Driving Theory – The body of book knowledge required among professional drivers can best be described as driving theory. This body of knowledge includes an extensive range of topics that include government regulations, fundamentals of safe driving, hazard recognition and avoidance, assessing emergency situations, and so forth.
  • Driving Skills – Driving an HGV is not as easy as operating a passenger vehicle. There are particular skills required of all professional drivers including safe cornering, controlled stops, and reversing manoeuvres. We teach the skills and give our students plenty of time to practice using the late-model equipment that they are likely to encounter once they begin working.
  • Driver CPC – In order to obtain a commercial driving licence, every student must pass two tests directly related to the Driver CPC requirements. The first is a case studies test that proposes a number of different scenarios likely to be experienced during one’s professional driving career. The second is a practical demonstration test covering many of the topics contained in the Driver CPC syllabus.

As you can see, our HGV training in Bristol is very heavily weighted toward preparing students to take and pass the necessary tests. This is not without reason. The government uses the testing procedures to verify that potential drivers have the skills and knowledge to be safe and proficient. If test scores are a measure of whether or not the driver should get a licence, does it not make sense to provide training that guarantees passing scores? Of course it does.

Having said that, our training goes above and beyond just test preparation. What our students learn during their training programmes also prepares them for lifelong careers. They will continually refer back to the training they received at our facility for as long as they keep working.

We Succeed Where Others Fail

The average LGV pass rate nationwide is about 55%. By contrast, the students in all of our training programmes pass their tests at a rate of 90% or better. We achieve this consistently high first-time pass rate by utilising a training approach that takes advantage of the way people typically learn. Our training approach allows us to succeed where others fail.

What is our training approach? It is one that relies on presenting information in short, concentrated segments that enable students to learn one concept at a time in quick succession. We like to describe this as a ‘building block’ learning process. It is the process we all use naturally to learn the skills we need for daily life. We learn and master one concept, then move on to the next in gradual progression.

We are also careful to apply this training approach at a fast and intense pace. We believe doing so takes advantage of short-term memory for building block learning. For example, a student might learn one concept about proper load-balancing before moving on to the next topic of load securement. He or she must remember the first concept only for a short amount of time before beginning the next. But because the next topic is tied directly to the first, his or her short-term memory is reinforced and he or she permanently retains the information.

You can think of our training in terms of building a house out of bricks. It only takes a short amount of time to lay a single brick. And once that single brick is laid, you can immediately move on to the next without having to give any more attention to it. That brick will remain functional throughout the lifetime of the building because it works in concert with all of the other bricks to provide a stable and firm structure.

Our fast-paced and intense learning approach follows the same principle. By imparting information and skills in short bursts, our students are able to learn, comprehend, apply, and retain the information. Recall at test time is not a problem as a result.

We Can Make It Happen

If you have been thinking about becoming an HGV or PCV driver, we can help you make it happen through our HGV training in Bristol. Please be sure to ask about financing when you call for more information. Our financing package lets you take your training now, even if you do not have the cash on hand to pay for it.

A career as a professional driver offers a lot to consider. If you are looking for work that pays well, provides stability, and gets you out and about rather than confining you to an office, consider becoming a professional HGV or PCV driver. The industry needs you. Our HGV training in Bristol can get you going right away.

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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.

  • Over 60 HGV / LGV / PCV Training Centres across the UK
  • We train for some of the biggest organisations in the UK, including HSS Hire, Hackney Council, Enterprise PLC, DHL, the DWP and Job Centre Plus
  • Get your HGV / LGV / PCV licence in under a week
  • One of the highest pass rates in the UK
  • Access to 1000’s of jobs via our unique Jobs Portal
  • Super-competitive prices across the board - save £££’s with daily discounts.



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