Driving Goods Vehicles

 

Overview

This Apprenticeship is for anyone interested in driving a goods vehicle. Goods vehicle drivers transport and deliver goods between suppliers and customers. You could be travelling across the roads and motorways of the UK and beyond driving an LGV, or you could be doing local deliveries in van. Goods Vehicle driving is a skilled job, and doing it safely takes work and training.

As an apprentice, you could be involved in transporting goods with pick-ups and multi-drop deliveries. Other duties may include planning schedules and routes, supervising the loading and unloading of cargo, completing paperwork and log books – and, of course, lots of driving.

Goods vehicle drivers need to know the rules of the road and have good time-keeping and planning skills. They can work antisocial hours, often alone, and spend time away from home. But you’ll see the world from behind the wheel.

While this Apprenticeship is open to people aged 16, most employers prefer you to be 18 or older.

Qualifications

There are 3 routes under the Driving Goods Vehicle Apprenticeship:

  • Van
  • Rigid Vehicle
  • Articulated/Draw Bar Vehicle
Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Essential Communication Skills (Level 1)
  • Essential Application of Number Skills (Level 1)
Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Essential Communication Skills (Level 2)
  • Essential Application of Number Skills (Level 2)

If you have already achieved Essential Skills or have GCSEs A – C in Maths and English; you won’t have to undertake them again as part of the qualification. (Certificates will need to be provided as proof.)

Training Duration

  • Foundation Apprenticeship – minimum 26 weeks
  • Apprenticeship – minimum 52 weeks

 

You must be employed for a minimum of 16 hours to undertake an apprenticeship. You make an agreement with us to complete your apprenticeship, and in return, you’ll get regular support from your Assessor.