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Wherever you are in the world right now, it can’t have escaped your notice that we are living in exceptional times caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, in the face of all the doom and gloom that’s circulating as the infection spreads, there is something of a silver lining to this news global news story.

The silver lining in this instance is that the already high demand for HGV drivers is set to go through the roof as more people choose to order online rather than go to the supermarket in person. This means the already secure career that is HGV driving is now about recession-proof as you can get.

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A 70% Hike in Online Orders in the Last 3 Days

The fact is that right now, supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand with online orders and with some predicting the current situation to last months, rather than weeks, it’s not going to change anytime soon. (source: Telegraph) And with the news that the over 70s could soon be quarantined in their homes for as long as 4 months, the requirement for drivers of all kind will almost certainly skyrocket. (source: Express)

The reality of the situation is that there will be more and more pressure put on home deliveries than ever before in modern history for delivery and goods transport drivers. This means that those with the skills to meet the demand will be able to count on secure, well-paid employment for the long term. There really has never been a better time to train for your HGV licence.

Online supermarket, Acado have now stopped new customers temporarily because of the increase in demand in online shopping so they can cope up with the demands and distribute the products as expected. More and more HGV drivers are required to meet demand. (source: BBC)

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Supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons & Asda have announced that they will reduce the opening hours so the staff can have time to add products back on the shelves, thus increasing demand in online shopping. (source: Express)

 

Getting Your HGV Licence

In order to be employed as a home delivery driver with most supermarkets, you’ll only need a full HGV licence, however, if you want to be an HGV driver, you’ll need to have a minimum of a CAT C1 / CAT C HGV licence. Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus, there was a shortfall of around 59,000 HGV drivers in the UK logistics industry and this is where the long-term opportunities lie.

The good news is that obtaining your HGV licence is eminently achievable for those with the desire and dedication to do so. At HGVT, we have a network of 60 training centres across the UK, each staffed by highly experienced trainers who know exactly how to prepare you for every aspect of your HGV test, your CPC accreditation and beyond. With our exclusive recruitment partnership with MANPOWER, helped us to find work for newly qualified drivers.

 

A Career With a Bright Future

The coronavirus represents an unprecedented threat to public health and no one is making light of that fact, however, it has heightened the demand for HGV drivers. And with this demand guaranteed to increase, it’s a situation that should encourage anyone considering a career in logistics. Start training and get a recession-proof career that pays up to £600/week. If you want to know more about how to become an HGV driver, please read our blog which is a step by step guide giving you everything you need to know before becoming a lorry driver. If you’re looking to get started but dont have the money saved up, we also offer HGV training finance to help you get started with Zero upfront cost and spread the cost over 48 months.

 

Source:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/02/29/coronavirusonline-shopping-surges-supermarket-shelves-empty/

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1255370/coronavirus-uk-elderly-boris-johnson-robert-peston-covid-19-coronavirus-latest-news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51941987

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1257125/tesco-sainsburys-morrisons-asda-latest-coronavirus-rules-updates-restrictions-uk

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