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Your Questions Around Driving Careers Answered

If you’re thinking about becoming an HGV driver, you probably have a lot of questions about the recruitment, application, or entry requirements, don’t worry – we’ve got all the answers for you! Read on to find out the answers to your driving questions…

Your Questions Around Driving Careers Answered

What training do I need to become a driver?

To become a qualified HGV driver, you must:

  • Have a full car licence
  • Be over 18 – but there are some exceptions
  • Get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive an HGV, bus, or coach as the main part of your job.

There are 5 tests that make up the full Driver CPC. You might not need to take all 5 tests, for example if you previously qualified as an HGV driver and you want to retrain.

Head to the Government’s website to read the full list of requirements.

What skills will I get from a career in driving?

There an endless number of skills you will obtain from becoming an HGV driver. As it involves both working both in a team and independently, you’ll develop the ability to be a team player as well gaining the initiative required to work by yourself.

It’s also highly likely you’ll become a very skilled driver – if you aren’t one already! From extreme patience in traffic, to being able to navigate tricky situations safely, you’ll be a guaranteed whizz on the road thanks to your new role. With the supply chain more important than ever, skilled drivers are an essential workforce, which means that this will likely guarantee you a job for life.

Other ‘softer’ skills such as communication and problem solving are also a dead cert for those becoming an HGV driver. So, what are you waiting for?!

What should I look for in a logistics recruitment agency?

When applying to different companies, it can be a minefield – especially if you don’t know the background of each one. At Drivers Direct, we are proud of our good reputation and hope to keep it as positive as it is.

Try to find references and testimonials from past customers or employees to truly figure out the work culture and expectations of each agency. For example, you can find a lovely testimonial on our past blog here, from a happy employee – you can also read more details about what to look for in a logistics recruitment agency. Happy hunting!

Can I become a driver from a career in something else?

The job market is particularly unpredictable right now, and it might be that you’ve decided, for whatever reason, to change career. There’s nothing wrong with that – in fact, it’s encouraged!

When you change jobs, you’re bringing with you a wealth of experience from your previous roles, and are able to apply it to the new challenge of becoming an HGV driver – or any other role in the logistics industry.

Whether you were an accountant, a bricklayer, or a CEO, we’ve put together a list of skills you can use from your prior role that will ensure you fit in perfectly in the world of logistics…

  • Commercial awareness
  • Numeracy
  • Good problem-solving capabilities
  • The ability to think quickly, logically, and analytically
  • An appetite for learning new
  • Project management
  • Team working skills.

Check out our blog on career backgrounds that have the perfect skills for logistics.

Do I need a university degree?

Lastly, while university can be a great step forward into the right career for you, it’s not a route you need to take when becoming an HGV driver.

There are plenty of reasons why you might opt to become an HGV driver as opposed to going to university – read all about it in our previous blog!

Got any more questions? 

That’s just some of the questions you might have answered – there may well be more! To get in touch with us, you can find us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or get in touch with one of our friendly team via our contact form.

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IWD 2022

Celebrating the Women of Drivers Direct for International Women’s Day

Even though logistics is a male dominated profession, it’s important that we don’t neglect to show support for the valuable contribution the women in logistics make to keep the wheels turning! From HGV drivers to recruitment specialists and transport clerks, the transport industry can only succeed due to the efforts of hard-working individuals who play their part – regardless of their gender.

And we can’t think of a more perfect time to celebrate the contributions of women at Drivers Direct than on International Women’s Day 2022. Below, you can read our interviews with two amazing women who work for us, both supporting us in different ways – but both equally valuable members of our wonderful team!

Roxie, Recruitment Consultant

  • What is your job title?

Hi, my name is Roxie, and I am a recruitment consultant at Drivers Direct.

  • How long have you been working in the transport industry?

I have been working in this industry for five years now.

  • How did you come to work in logistics?

I followed a friend who I worked with in the NHS. She first made the move to the transport sector and had nothing but good things to say about it. I have always been interested in the transport industry, so I thought why not take the plunge!

  • What’s your favourite thing about your role and Drivers Direct?

My team, my drivers, and my clients. Drivers Direct gave me the room to grow and evolve into my role here and remain completely myself at the same time. It has also given me the knowledge and confidence to pursue my goal of becoming an HGV driver. This has been a dream of mine since I was little and now that my children are older, I’m halfway along that journey! The friends I have made through this role give me confidence to know that I am making the right decision with some amazing support behind me.

  • What would you say to young women wanting to join the sector?

It may be a daunting proposition, but what can’t women do? Young or old, this is an exciting, fast-paced, rewarding, funny, scary in a good way, forever changing industry – it’s made for women! I am an incredibly shy and anxious person and I have still enjoyed my five years in the logistics and look forward to many MANY more! Drivers Direct in particular have been a great route into the sector and have been really supportive with my decision to move into driving.

Drivers Direct aside (love you guys!) – transport, haulage, logistics, warehousing and even recruiting – I would say go for it girls! Get a peek behind the scenes of what makes this country tick and see how we #keepbritainmoving. Ladies – we can do this in our sleep!

Emily Ogden, Transport Coordinator

  • What is your job title?

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m the transport coordinator at Drivers Direct Tamworth.

  • How long have you been working in the transport industry?

This year marks 7 years in the industry for me.

  • How did you come to work in logistics?

I started as a recruitment consultant in a different sector, however, after around 1 year of working for them, an opportunity arose to work within the logistics sector of the company, and I took it.  

  • What’s your favourite thing about your role and Drivers Direct?

Getting to know the drivers on a professional and personal basis has always been a highlight and will continue to be! This has created such a positive and respectful environment to work alongside each other in and I couldn’t wish for anything better. I also thoroughly enjoy building and maintaining great relationships with our clients. It seems I’m rather a people person!

  • What would you say to young women wanting to join the sector?

Over the past 5 years or so I have noticed an upwards trend in the amount of women in the transport industry at all levels. I believe this has created and will continue to create a great platform for not just young women but ALL women entering the transport industry.

To find out more about Drivers Direct and what we do, you can follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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