Once you have completed all the necessary steps to become a fully qualified Category C HGV driver, it’s time to start looking for work. However, one of the issues sometimes faced by newly qualified drivers is finding a company who will employ them with no experience. This issue seems to have eased somewhat in the last decade, and there are now many companies who will take on newly qualified drivers.
We recommend putting together a CV and contacting local businesses. Always be upfront and let them know you are inexperienced, don’t be tempted to hide it. Some companies have terms in their insurance that won’t allow them to employ drivers with less than a certain amount of experience, and if this is the case, you won’t get past the licence check stage! One of the most common routes into work for new HGV drivers is through the foodservice sector – delivering food to shops, pubs, hotels etc. This type of work can be quite physically demanding, however it is often well paid. We are aware of companies paying new drivers nearly £30,000 a year which is a great rate for anyone holding a new qualification.
Alternatively, you could try registering with an employment agency. Please be aware that this work is never guaranteed, so don’t rush to quit a steady job for the sake of wanting experience on the road. The main benefit of agency work is you may be able to try a variety of companies in a short space of time which can help you understand what type of work your prefer.
Another (very new) option is to register with a employment matching service such as National Recruitment Line or Avail. These companies register your details and try to match you with potential employers. The difference between this and an agency is you are still employed by the transport company. With agencies, you work for the agency itself and they are responsible for paying you.