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COURSE IN Torfaen

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a professional lorry or bus driver? It actually doesn’t take much at all. It requires an ability to learn, reasonably good health, a valid Category B driving licence, and a willingness to undergo a comprehensive training course that will enable you to obtain a commercial driving licence and CPC qualification card. New drivers can be licenced and ready to go in as little as six weeks when they train with the HGV Training Centre.

Perhaps you have heard a few things about the training we offer. If not, the first thing we want you to know is that we are the largest provider of commercial driver training in the UK. Our HGV training in Torfaen is part of a nationwide network that includes more than four dozen schools throughout the United Kingdom. We have training centres located in or near every major metropolitan area in the UK. That’s great for you because it means you will not have to travel clear across the country just to get your professional driving licence.

Most of the drivers we train are interested in one of the following four licences:

  • Category C (for most articulated lorries, LGVs, bin lorries, etc.)
  • Category C+D (for the heaviest articulated lorries and construction equipment)
  • Category D (for most coaches, buses, and minibuses)
  • Category D+E (for the heaviest coaches with trailers in tow).

We are not limited to just these four licence categories. In fact, we offer training for virtually any kind of commercial vehicle you can think of. From cargo vans to horseboxes to forklift trucks, we offer the best training anywhere in the UK.

Torfaen driving school students during HGV lessons

Learning to Drive HGVs and LGVs

Most of our marketing efforts are focused on HGVs and LGVs because those are the kinds of vehicles the majority of our students go on to drive professionally. For the purposes of clarification, the term ‘HGV’ usually applies to articulated lorries and larger vehicles under the Category C classification. The term ‘LGV’ refers to box trucks and cargo vans. We bring this to your attention because the terminology is sometimes used interchangeably throughout the industry.

Having said all that, learning to drive HGVs and LGVs is not difficult for anyone who already has an aptitude for safe driving. Think of it this way: you already know how to drive as evidenced by the fact that you possess a valid Category B driving licence. That means your HGV training in Torfaen does not need to start from scratch. We simply need to take what you already know and add some additional knowledge and skills relating to larger commercial vehicles.

Learning to Drive HGVs and LGVs involves three basic categories of information and skills:

  • Book Knowledge – What we call book knowledge is often referred to in the industry as driving theory. It includes a broad range of topics covering commercial driving regulations, proper use of equipment, driving in different weather conditions, and so on. This is all information that cannot be learned behind the wheel.
  • Hands-On Knowledge – Hands-on knowledge is just as the name implies. It is the knowledge you acquire by actually sitting behind the wheel of a late model vehicle and driving it. This knowledge is required in order to successfully pass the driving skills test at the conclusion of training.
  • Practical Knowledge – Last is practical knowledge. It is a body of knowledge that encompasses the information found in the Driver CPC syllabus. It includes things such as proper load securement, emergency management, equipment inspections, and preventing illegal migration.

Every driver who completes our HGV training in Torfaen will be competent in all three areas of learning. Such competence will be demonstrated by passing grades on the four required tests:

  • Theory Test – A two-part exam designed to measure a student’s knowledge of general road safety and hazard avoidance.
  • Case Studies Test – An exam involving workplace scenarios and multiple-choice questions intended to measure a student’s knowledge of the basic concepts of safe and proficient driving.
  • Driving Skills Test – A two-part test involving both solo driving and driving with an examiner. It is designed to determine whether a driver has the physical and mental skill to safely drive commercial vehicles.
  • Practical Demonstration Test – A ‘show me, tell me’ test intended to measure the candidate’s mastery of the Driver CPC syllabus.

There is no need to fear taking your tests when you train with the HGV Training Centre. Why? Because more than 90% of our students pass each of their tests on the first attempt. We prepare you for test-taking by teaching you what you need to know along with successful strategies you can employ during the testing process. We will even go so far as to send an instructor with you on the day of your driving skills and practical demonstration tests.

Don’t Spend Two Years in School

How long would you expect to have to invest in quality HGV training? If you assume that learning to drive HGVs and LGVs takes as long as completing a two-year university programme, think again. It actually doesn’t take long at all. The actual training portion of our programme takes a combined three weeks for most students. If you need a little longer, that’s fine. The entire process – a process that includes applying for your provisional entitlement and preparing for the theory exam – takes about six weeks in most cases.

Your HGV training in Torfaen will not subject you to arduous, hours-long lectures that challenge your ability to pay attention. It will not involve courses that take months to complete. While your friends and acquaintances are struggling to complete just one semester of university, you will be finishing up your training in anticipation of looking for your first job as a professional.

University programmes are certainly appropriate for people whose careers require them. But if you are not sure what you want to do with the rest of your life, why spend years in school pursuing a degree that may not even help you get a job after you graduate? Professional driving is a much better opportunity.

Even if you don’t stick with your HGV or LGV driving job the rest of your life, it only takes a matter of weeks to get your licence. Furthermore, there are tens of thousands of open jobs all across the UK. Finding work should not be difficult at all. You will be earning an excellent salary while you either develop your career as a professional driver or try to figure out what else you want to do.

Fast-Paced Training That Works

We want you to know that our HGV training in Torfaen is unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It is fast-paced and intense training that does not waste time on things you don’t need to know to pass your tests. We focus squarely on testing requirements in order to ensure our students pass. Furthermore, we move quickly through the training to take advantage of short-term memory.

We have discovered that our training process produces substantially better results than most other training programmes in the country. As we already mentioned, more than 90% of our students pass the tests at the first attempt. We attribute that to our proven training methodology that teaches students what they need to know, gives them plenty of opportunity to practice, and enhances information retention and recall.

You can learn to drive HGVs and LGVs in a comparably short amount of time. Whether you are just starting out on your career, or you are an older worker looking for something new, we have the training you need to succeed. Contact us right away for more information about our HGV training in Torfaen.

WE ARE THE UK’S LARGEST PROVIDER
of HGV / LGV / PCV Training

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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