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    I am looking into HGV training and getting a licence, Am a little vague on where to start.

    Any one on here in the haulage industry that can give some advice on how to get started and the best training company around.


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    I wanted to this also funds are to low need a morgage to get a hgv these days am looking for companys that train ya up then you work for them in a contract that you cant leave in so many years did this with stagecoach and got a pcv work 2 years and you can leave but I havnt as am on 9 pound a hour and 4 years later still here

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    you need to apply for your provisional cat 'C' aka class 2. You need to pass this which includes a therory test, before you can apply for your C+E, aka class 1, which i cant urge you enough to do, with only a class 2 your narrowing down your potential prospects, not to mention class 1 work is normaly a lot easier and better payed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disco dan View Post
    you need to apply for your provisional cat 'C' aka class 2. You need to pass this which includes a therory test, before you can apply for your C+E, aka class 1, which i cant urge you enough to do, with only a class 2 your narrowing down your potential prospects, not to mention class 1 work is normaly a lot easier and better payed.

    in the middle of mine as well had to put it on hold as i failed my driving part of the test spent 2k up to now i left a 2 second gap on the motorway but was in the rain and should of been a 4 second gap a moment of lapse of concentration and i failed
    i had to do 2 therory tests one a multi question one and one hazard one you have to pay seperate for them and i took one then had to wait 20 mins to take the other
    one bit of advise i would like to say is stay clear of these companys you see on the internet saying they will do all the course and will give you a price all they are is companys in london that do it and will subcontract the work out to a local firm to you.
    i had a qoute from one of these firms and for the same price i got qouted i got a extra 5 hours in the truck one to one training not shared
    and a hiab training as well
    go direct to a local firm

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    Eddie Stobart has a training academy in Cheshireand they also offer apprenticeships.

    Just had a quick look and the closing date for applications is 2nd December.


    Worth a look I suppose?

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    mm, in a way, just fot the licence though. Asda USED to do this but made you stay with the firm for at least 18 months or you'd have to pay the remainder if you left. Stobard men are on terrible money, so unless your deperate to get on the road, swerve them imo. The other big problem you will have is getting someone to employ you, as you'll lack crutial experence, but dont give up looking for work, i didnt and i got in a firm at 22yrs old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disco dan View Post
    mm, in a way, just fot the licence though. Asda USED to do this but made you stay with the firm for at least 18 months or you'd have to pay the remainder if you left. Stobard men are on terrible money, so unless your deperate to get on the road, swerve them imo. The other big problem you will have is getting someone to employ you, as you'll lack crutial experence, but dont give up looking for work, i didnt and i got in a firm at 22yrs old.

    carnt see stobart men being on terrible money my oldest brother works for them he was trying for a few years for them to give him a job since hes been with them he seems to be a lot better off on the money side
    and like he says hes now driving a brand new truck rarther than old things like his old jobs gave him to drive

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    i have spoken to a few stobart drivers and a good week tramping they averge about £600 a week take home , thats not to bad although i know they get the nighting out money and overtime as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectrasri-j View Post
    I am looking into HGV training and getting a licence, Am a little vague on where to start
    As above, go for the full Class 1 as soon as you have passed the Class 2
    It will open so many more doors
    Equally, if the company hits hard times they will more likely retain you and dump the Class 2 drivers (even if they have longer service)

    Personally, with the way the economy is at the moment (so I am led to believe) I would look at a company sponsored scheme
    If you pay for it yourself and are unable to get a job at the end of it you could have used the money for other (more important) stuff

    Sadly we don't offer such a scheme, we only employ drivers with the required licence at the outset, a little cheap I know
    I suspect this is going to have to change but asking an employee who has left early to stump up nearly £2000 on their last payslip is almost impossible to enforce

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