£19,000 Starter - £35,000 Experienced
48 to 52 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
working towards this roletraining with a private training provider
You can get into this job through a Level 2 apprenticeship as a large goods vehicle driver. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can start off as a 'crew' person, accompanying a qualified driver, whilst you train to get your licences.
You can take private training to get your large goods vehicle (LGV) licence and the Certificate of Professional Competence, known as a Driver CPC.
You'll also need to complete ADR training to carry dangerous goods like chemicals. ADR is the shortened name for the European Agreement on the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. 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 lifting, bending and carrying
- 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 use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to:
If you're working with hazardous goods, for example fuel oil, you'll also need an ADR driver training certificate. ADR is the shortened name for the European Agreement on the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.
- be over 18 years of age
- have a driving licence that includes LGV for lorries, or PCV for buses, if you work with these vehicles
- have between 1 and 2 years' experience of driving lorries
- have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) - this is known as the Driver CPC
What you’ll do
On a typical day you could:
- check delivery schedules and note any special instructions
- supervise or help to load the tanker
- carry out safety checks before you set off
travel to the delivery site
- clear an area to unload the tanker
- connect hoses or pumps, or remove manhole covers to unload materials into fuel tanks or storage silos
- update paperwork and make sure relevant staff sign for deliveries
- keep accurate records of driving hours and activities using a tachograph system
You could work on the road.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped and you'll travel often.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could specialise in transporting particular loads or set up your own haulier business.
You could also move into transport and freight planning, driver instructor training, or distribution or haulage management.