LGV Training – Choosing what is right for you
Completing your LGV license can be a strenuous process – there is a variety of studying required to complete the theory tests, and additional training is required to complete the practical tests. With all this in mind, it can be difficult to choose an LGV training program that is right for you. These tips will assist in making the process a little easier for you.
My first tip is to research, research, research! Your LGV training could cost up to 2000 pounds, so feeling really comfortable with the training provider is important before you fork out all that cash. Many of the LGV training providers are now creating flashy websites, and advertising on Google. Don’t pick a training program just because it promises passing results or job opportunities, this is often a false promise. You should review the structure of the program, the amount of time spent with an instructor and the amount of one-on-one versus group teachings to find a training program that is right for you. Don’t be tempted to choose the cheapest LGV training course, look for good value!
What are some of the questions you should ask when completing your research on LGV training course? I’ve provided some suggestions below:
- How long has your LGV training program been established for?
- What percentages of your students are able to pass the practical tests on the first try?
- What year/make/model are the training vehicles? (If you can view the training vehicles, that will give you the best indication of their maintenance)
- What are the trainer’s qualifications? How long have they been with the program for?
My second tip is to inquire as to the qualifications of the actual instructors. It is critical that these instructors are “DSA approved”. Keep in mind, completing an LGV training course is a mandatory part of getting your LGV license, and as such, there are certain standards that training courses must meet in order to be recognized. The DSA approval is only voluntarily completed by instructors, but is a very good indicator of the effort that instructor will put forward in order to train you. Why choose an instructor that is not willing to have himself certified as the best in the industry? Remember, this is your future career on the line. Time wasted attempting to pass the practical tests does not get you any closer to a job as an LGV driver, so choose an instructor that can help get you there the fastest.
My third tip is to be leery of scammers. As these programs are quite costly, most will require a deposit to secure your placement in the LGV training course, with the remainder of the payment being due shortly after the course begins. You should be suspicious of a program that insists on 100% payment upfront. This is a very risky option to you, since there is no method to reclaim your money if the course is not satisfactory.
Another new scam in the LGV training field has been the occurrence of so-called LGV “facilitators”. While these companies will appear to provide training services, in reality, they are just acting the middle man. You pay a premium to a facilitator company, who then arranges your training program with another company in your local area. This does not make financial sense to you – why pay someone else to arrange what you are capable of doing for yourself? Read the fine print carefully to avoid this type of scam.
My fourth tip is to evaluate why you want to obtain an LGV license carefully before starting an LGV training program. If you are attracted to the potential incomes of thirty-five to forty thousand pounds, you might want to reconsider. While some LGV drivers do earn incomes this high, it is the exception, not the norm. You should be prepared to accept a lower level of pay, and be aware that no LGV training program can guarantee immediate employment.
When considering if an LGV license and therefore LGV training is a right path for you, here are some considerations to keep in mind. A job as an LGV driver will keep you out of the office or a closed environment. You will have flexibility in the shifts and hours you work, and of course, you will get to see the world while you are on the job! Some of the negative considerations include long hours (and being stuck in traffic!) as well as a lack of social interaction while you are on the job.