So, what FREE HGV training is available and how can I apply?
This is a question many people are asking themselves after the press coverage over the summer of 2021 highlighting the demand for HGV drivers.
Some people are looking to pivot from their current career path to a new career in logistics.
The government announced plans via the Department for Education which is looking to invest up to £17 million pounds in funding for a new programme called “Skills Bootcamps” that will launch across the UK in the coming weeks and months ahead.
The Skills Bootcamps will provide free government-funded HGV training for anyone that meets the entry criteria.
To join any of the skills boot camps for Free HGV training you must:
- Hold a full car (Category B) driving licence.
- Must be 19 years of age or older.
Some providers of the skills bootcamps courses may require additional entry requirements not outlined here.
Each skill bootcamp will provide free training courses across England that will each last 16 weeks. The “Skills Bootcamps” are free and the best current approach to getting your HGV training as part of this government-backed programme to increase the number of HGV drivers in the UK.
Prior to the Skills Bootcamps, free HGV training was a bit of a myth, like most things in life if it sounds too good to be true, there’s usually a catch.
What other funding options for HGV training are available?
There are a couple of options that could be applicable depending on your situation. The simplest ways to obtain free HGV training are:
Some companies will pay to put you through your HGV training course; however, this investment would require a return from you. The return would normally be a contract signed for a two-year period, where you would pay back your training cost should you leave within that time.
Funding through the Job Centre
If you’re unemployed and looking to get back into work, this could be an option for you. This funding is becoming harder to obtain, but if you had a guaranteed job upon successful completion of your course, the likelihood of you getting funding would dramatically increase. For more information visit your local Job Centre and talk with your career adviser.
Free HGV Training Skills Bootcamps
The Department for Education is to spend up to 17 million pounds on new Skills Bootcamps to “ease the risk of shortages” of HGV drivers as mentioned above.
In a package of measures announced, the government wants 3,000 new HGV drivers to enter the industry through the boot camps route and a further 1,000 new drivers to be trained through the adult education budget.
A lack of drivers has been blamed for a range of distribution issues across the retail sector for several weeks, including supermarkets and petrol forecourts. The Pandemic, Brexit and chronic workforce issues are all believed to be contributing to the current crisis.
How can I drive a fuel tanker to help with the fuel crisis?
Once you have completed your Free HGV training, you can then complete your ADR training. The qualification will allow you to drive tankers and dangerous goods on the road.
How can you fund your driver training?
Sponsored training – For employer-sponsored training, you will need to discuss your options with your employer if they offer this option.
Funding through the Job Centre – This will very much depend on your own individual circumstances and is looked at on an individual basis.
It is advised you arrange a meeting with your local JobCentre Plus to discuss your options, you can find your nearest JobCentre plus online.
Free HGV Training Bootcamps – The scheme is very much in its infancy and if you meet the above outlined criteria you can look to apply online and find your nearest skills bootcamp and apply.
Deposit scheme – You can pay a deposit on your chosen package.
This will enable us to get the ball rolling, booking your medical, theories and CPC training course whilst you continue to save for the outstanding balance. The remainder would then only be due 1 week before your training course starts.
Step by step – If you need a bit of saving time in between, you can book step by step.
For example, you would just pay for the medical, then when you’re ready you could contact us and pay for your theories.
This way you would only be booking for what you can afford at the time. However please be aware that your theory tests only last for 2 years.
So, you want to train to become an HGV driver, you have your plan for funding the training and now you need to book the training?
Firstly, plan ahead, as spaces are filling up fast and, in some cases, we are booking tests months in advance, so book today to get your training scheduled as early as possible.
Don’t forget the other tasks you need to complete that our team can help you with as part of a package that includes your theory tests, driver CPC training, and medical and planning suitable dates.
Below is the selection of HGV training courses 2 Start offer that covers both Category C or upgrades from Cat C to Cat C+E, or our new fast-track artic options for Car to Category C+E that you can book online today.
Alternatively, you can contact our team to discuss your options and book.
Call: 02392 123 555 today to discuss your options.
View our fast-track car-to-C+E packages!
View our LGV 1 Training packages
Hi I have done my medical and passed my theory can you please give me a price to do my CPC and test for class one with you please.
Thanks for your comment on this post, I have arranged for one of our team to contact you by email to provide the answer to your question.
Our team of friendly advisors are also on hand if you would rather speak to someone directly at 02392 123 555
I would like to become an hgv driver I only have a car license but have been driving for over 30 years all in
Our Car to C+E Fasttrack courses is what you will be looking for.
Alternatively, you can call our advisors on 02392 123 555 who are available to discuss your requirements and advise on teh best option for you.
I’m a taxi driver doing 30/40 hours per week tgat unfortunately barely cover my expenses hence why I get universal credit.
I was wondering what do I have to do in order to get into hgv driving on a government founded courses
I would recommend speaking with one of our training advisors who will be able to provide you with the correct information and options.
Our advisers are available on 02392 123 555 Monday – Friday.
Hi I’m looking for free courses is available?
Unfortunately, we do not offer any free courses.
You could take a look at the Government’s Skills Bootcamps, you can learn more on the Government website.
I’ve done my cpc course and have the licence I have been driving for over 30 years I was wondering what courses are open for me thanks
I would recommend you speak with one of our training advisors who will be able to clarify which courses are applicable to your licence and CPC hours.
Feel free to call our team of advisors on 02392 123 555 and they will be able to assist you further.
Is this fully funded ? And will help to find a job?
Our team of friendly advisors can discuss all of the available options for funding your training, you can contact them by calling 02392 123 555.
As for finding a job upon successful completion of one of our courses, we do not directly get involved with this but we do however have a dedicated jobs section on our website where companies advertise available job positions within the logistics sector, you can view this here: https://www.2start-training.com/job-vacancies/
I hope this helps.
Could u please send me some booklets on your courses please with prices thank u
Unfortunately we don’t supply booklets on our courses. Any information regarding our courses is available on our website.
Should you require further details, feel free to call our friendly advisors on 02392 123 555 and they will be able to assist you further.
WY you say free hgv training wen it’s not like that
Our article covers multiple factors surrounding the subject of FREE HGV training options, including the government’s Skills Bootcamp schemes, that many have chosen to apply for to gain their HGV licence at little to no cost to them.
I hope this helps.
I am interest doing my HGV What do I need to do
Hi, please call our team of advisors on 02392 123 555 who will be able to answer any queries you may have and they will also be best to advise which course is most suited to your requirements and the next steps.
Hi, My name is Joe, I use to be a class 1 HGV driver, but I left the UK in 2012 to live in the Philippines, I’m now 51 and would like to return back to the UK, I know my licence has expired due to not having my D4 medical for passing 45 years of age and my digital card has also expired. Do you know of companies that would be willing to give employment and help cover the medical CPC and digi card. I’m sure this would help others in similar situation ??
I would recommend you speak with one of our training advisors who will be able to clarify any queries you may have. Feel free to call our team of advisors on 02392 123 555 and they will be able to assist you further.