Large goods vehicle driver
Logistics and Supply Chain | Transport
Large goods vehicle (LGV) and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) lorry drivers transport and deliver goods between suppliers and customers.
£18,500 Starter - £35,000 Experienced
50 to 52 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
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You can get into this job through a Level 2 apprenticeship as a large goods vehicle driver.
You can train to do this role in the armed forces. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
If you're already working for a transport operator, for example as a clerk, your employer may be willing to put you through training to get your large goods vehicle licence.
You can find training providers in your region by searching on GetMyFirstJob. LGV courses last from 1 to 3 weeks and cover driving skills, basic mechanics, and loading and securing loads. The test includes vehicle safety questions, manoeuvres like reversing into a loading bay, 25 miles of road driving and a theory test based on the Highway Code and LGV regulations.
It's recommended that you compare several providers before signing up to see what they offer and to make sure it fits your needs.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
- have a driving licence that includes LGV for lorries, or PCV for buses, if you work with these vehicles
- be over 18 years of age
- have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) - this is known as the Driver CPC
The LGV licence test is divided into two categories:
- Category C1 allows you to drive rigid vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes
- Category C allows you to drive rigid vehicles over 7.5 tonnes
- You would then take a further test to allow you to drive vehicles with trailers (category C+E).
What you’ll do
As part of your day-to-day duties you may:
- plan delivery schedules and routes with transport managers
- supervise or help to load and unload goods
- make sure loads are safely secured
- follow traffic reports and change your route if necessary
- complete delivery paperwork and log books
You could work from a vehicle.
Your working environment may be cramped and you may spend nights away from home.
Career path and progression
You could take further training and gain an ADR (Advisory Dangerous Goods by Road) Certificate to drive hazardous goods like toxic chemicals by tanker.
With experience, you could train to become an LGV instructor, freight transport planner or move into management.