Having teamed up with Skillcert, we are now able to offer a government funded route to gain your HGV licence. To qualify for this course, you must be aged between 19 and 24 years. 

This is a Traineeship programme and is available to those in the eligible age bracket who are either unemployed or working part time no more than 16 hours per week. It is also open to the self employed who earn less than £17k per annum. This course will help you gain the skills and licences you need to begin a career as a professional HGV driver.

This is a 9 week programme entailing both online and practical training including;
  • Employability Training
  • Level 2 Collections Driver (WAMITAB)
  • Digital Skills
  • Drivers CPC
  • Work Placement (70 Hours)
  • Practical LGV (HGV) Training and test

There are eligibility criteria that must be met to qualify for the funded programme. You must therefore be;
  • Aged 19-24 years old (aged 19 or over on or before 31st August 2020)
  • Unemployed, employed part time (no more than 16 hours per week) or self employed with earnings less than £17k per annum.
  • You can not have qualifications higher than a level 3 (A level) or equivalent.
  • You can not be enrolled on any other government funded training programme or university.
  • You must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • You must hold a full and valid UK driving licence.

This training course has the potential to lead to employment. It is funded through the ESFA and there are absolutely no fees to you for the training.
At Mendip Training Centre and Truck School, we cover the areas of the South West around Bristol, Bath, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome. Skillcert are running the same offer with other training establishments at the following locations;
  • Sandwell
  • Dudley
  • Willenhall
  • West Bromwich
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • Plymouth
  • Barnstaple
If you are from ANY of these locations, the enrolment procedure is the same and you can apply for further information by following the link below. This will take you to the website, where you can apply directly.
We do not enrol candidates from our website.
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The HGV Process;


Medical - To start this journey, you must first take a drivers medical. This is normally done with our recommended company, Forms can be downloaded directly from their site.


Theory test - There is a theory test consisting of 100 questions to show your knowledge and understanding of the road including drivers hours and rest breaks. This can be booked only once the provisional entitlement has been added to your licence.


Practical driver training - With 3 days of full on one to one training, you will negotiate roundabouts and box junctions in and around the driving test route areas. You will learn how to complete the reversing exercise ready for the practical test on day 4.


CPC Practical demonstration - This is a practical test taken at the driving test centre showing the examiner your knowledge about the vehicle demonstrating how you would complete a daily walk around check and also how you would deal with emergency situations such as a fire whilst driving on the motorway.


Apply for provisional - With the D4 medical form completed, you send off the completed D2 form to DVLA to get the cat C provisional entitlement put onto your current driving licence.


Hazard perception test - This is a test of your reaction speeds to developing hazards on the road. You will be shown dash cam type clips and you must click to register you seeing the developing hazard. You are scored on your reaction time.


CPC case studies - To drive the lorry for work purposes, you may need a drivers CPC card. The initial CPC is the simplest way to gain your first CPC card which involves taking another theory test called 'Case Studies'. This is a test of your knowledge and understanding of the haulage industry day to day job role.


Digital Tachograph card - Although this is not a requirement, most modern vehicles have a digital tachograph and you can not drive one of these without holding the card. There is no test for this but you must complete and send off the form with payment of currently £32.00