Before you begin any HGV driver training, you need to find a suitable HGV driver training company. The quality of training varies considerably, so there’s more to consider than simply cost.
Here are some of the key things to bear in mind when choosing your HGV training provider.
Look beyond the big names
The first method of finding a training centre that most people think of is Google. Type in your search terms and you’ll be presented with a long list of possible providers, with a handful of sponsored listings at the top of the page. Just because they are at the top doesn’t mean they are the best. Dig through the long list below to find an approved training company that, for starters, has a training facility in your area.
Are they competent?
Because industry-recognised qualifications are voluntary, not every HGV instructor will necessarily be skilled and well-trained themselves. Choose a training provider that has made the effort to invest in its own staff and has the qualifications to prove it. As well as official qualifications there is practical experience to consider. You want an instructor that has ‘been there, done that and got the sweaty backside to prove it’. Choose a training team that understands the business inside out, so they can fully prepare you for your new career.
Do they do everything?
Both Category C and Category C+E licences require candidates to pass theory and practical tests. You need to make sure, therefore, that the company you choose is capable of helping you through all aspects of the task. It’s no good having expert driving tuition if they can’t provide you with expert training for your theory as well. You need to pass all elements of the test, so you may as well do it all at the same training centre.
See for yourself
Any trustworthy training company will be happy for you to turn up for a no-obligation visit – so you can see the facilities for yourself and get a feel for the standard of service on offer. While there, take the opportunity to ask a few questions, such as What’s your average pass rate?’ and ‘How long have you been in business?’. Speak to the instructors, take a look at the training vehicles. It won’t take long, just 15-30 minutes, but it’s time well spent. And if they refuse to let you visit, you should, needless to say, be suspicious about why that is.
As you might have guessed, HGV Express pass all the above criteria with flying colours. So why not save yourself the bother of searching for a reputable training company and simply get straight in touch with the best at HGV Express.