LGV Driver Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info

LGV Driver jobs… did you know?

Similar jobs: Large goods vehicle driver, HGV (heavy goods vehicle) driver, lorry driver

Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers rule the roads, distributing goods all over the UK as well as to Europe and back.

Transport and logistics is all about shifting stuff from A to B in the smartest and smoothest way possible. What would giant retailers do without LGV drivers to move anything from T-shirts to bananas across the country to where they’re needed in stores and warehouses?

LGV drivers keep the wheels of industry turning, and they’re regularly in high demand. If you love driving and the open road, want a job involving travel, and you’re ready to command a seriously large vehicle, this could be a good career route for you.

Industry: Transport and Logistics

LGV driver job trends

How much money can you make as an LGV driver?

£18,000 – £35,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £18,500 and £35,000 a year as an LGV driver in the UK, with starter wages ranging from £18,500 to £22,000.

Your starting salary can vary because of factors like level of experience, training, or location. Your salary as an LGV driver will increase over time as you build skills, knowledge and experience.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

Driving large goods vehicles and lorries doesn’t require you to have any set academic qualifications, but there are some other things to bear in mind.

To become an LGV driver you need to:

  • Be over 21 (this is the usual case)
  • Hold a clean driving record
  • Pass a medical examination to show you’ll be unlikely to be suddenly taken ill while driving
  • Hold an LGV licence (these come in different categories so you can have a C1, C or C and E).

Depending on which regulations are in place you may also need to train for a Driver CPC, or Certificate of Professional Competence, at the same time as you’re training for your LGV licence.

You can do LGV training courses which last one to three weeks and cover driving skills, basic mechanics, and how to load a lorry safely and secure its contents.

Apprenticeships

You can get into this job through completing an apprenticeship in driving goods vehicles. This gives you the opportunity to earn a salary working in digital technology while getting structured learning that leads to an industry-recognised qualification.

If you’re aged 16-21 you may be able to join the Skills for Logistics Young LGV Driver training scheme, which is a fast-track route to getting a full LGV licence and industry-recognised qualification. This route can give you the opportunity to get a licence when you’re 18.

LGV apprenticeships in driving goods vehicles are available with resulting qualifications at levels 2 and 3.

Career progression

With time and experience you could become a freight transport planner, an LGV training instructor, or move into management in the world of transport and logistics.

You could also specialise in the type of goods you carry. For example, with an Advisory Dangerous Goods Certificate (ADR) you would be allowed to driver tankers full of hazardous goods like toxic chemicals.

What experience do you need for LGV driver jobs?

Work experience

It can help your application if you have already got driving experience. If you did well on your driving test with only a few (or even no) minor points that is worth telling an employer as it shows you are a conscientious driver.

Any work experience where you have done paperwork or filing is good, because part of your job involves doing paperwork at the start and end of each job/day. You might even have to fill in an Accident Report Form one day (although hopefully that will never happen). However, it’s not all driving – your employer will be pleased that you have handwriting other people can read, and you can write in a way that is easily understood.

Any work experience in some other field of transport and logistics, like a summer job in a warehouse, will also be useful. It means you will have some experience of working with loading and unloading, and will already have an understanding of how important health and safety is.

What skills do you need for LGV driving jobs?

Useful skills to highlight to your employer when applying for LGV driving jobs include:

  • Great driving skills and a clean driving record to prove it
  • Ability to work on your own and concentrate for long periods, like when you’re on the road for hours at a time
  • Good customer skills – after all, when you are driving a company lorry you are the face of the company
  • Ability to fill in record sheets and paperwork in a way that people can read and understand clearly

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

What does an LGV driver do?

You’ll have to love travel and driving with only the radio for company because you’ll spend a lot of time on the road in your lorry, and sometimes you’ll even eat and sleep there. However, if you do love travel and driving, there’s a big sense of freedom involved with the job, and you’ll get to see so much of Britain and the Continent.

Some day-to-day job responsibilities include:

  • Driving all kinds of big vehicles including articulated lorries, tankers, transporters and trailer wagons
  • Working between depots, distribution centres and warehouse to transport goods across the country and overseas
  • Working with a transport manager to map out your route and plan your schedule
  • Supervising or helping to load and unload lorries with anything from retail goods to livestock
  • Carrying out delivery paperwork and filling in log books to show when and where you got somewhere
  • Carrying out basic mechanical maintenance before and after journeys (like checking the oil, brakes and tyres)

Your first steps into LGV driving jobs

LGV driver jobs are advertised under different job titles. When you’re looking on job boards, look for the following types of job::

  • Large goods vehicle driver apprentice
  • Apprentice HGV driver
  • Apprentice LGV driver
  • Young LGV Driver Training Scheme

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