Our in-house expert, Andy Gibbs, discusses the merits of moving from Class 2 to Class 1 driving…
“If you’ve been driving a Class 2, rigid vehicle professionally for what seems like a lifetime, or you’re fairly new to the industry, have you given much thought to taking your Class 1?
It may seem like another outlay you can ill afford, but in the present climate with companies all over the country struggling to survive and many going to the wall, would it not be prudent to move forward with the knowledge you’ve already gained, making yourself more appealing to either your present employer or future employers?
For example, let’s just say redundancies are on the cards, the additional class on your license would change the theoretical view of you from one person to two in so far as “we can’t get rid of him/her because they can drive anything.” If, on the other hand, you take your payout and put it towards your new license, then a whole new world could open up for you.
I know all this talk of redundancies and companies disappearing are enough to curdle your small sherry at Christmas, but the situation could be of concern. Some may even think of getting out of the industry completely but I for one am always up for progression in whichever form it takes, but driving is generally in the blood of drivers.
I have known many over the years that have re-trained and moved on, just to come back sometimes in a matter of months. Generally and plainly speaking “it’s what you do.” How many times have you heard yourself saying that?
‘Roll Call of the Elite’
On the flip side, there are hundreds of companies that are fighting through. Some are even growing, showing that haulage in this country is far from dead and will not and cannot disappear. Advancement within the industry and staying within the vocation you know or have come to know would be the road to take.
For people wanting to enter this interesting and fascinating trade, I can only say you are entering an awesome business and joining the roll call of the elite. Each area of choice brings its own interests and skills, from tipping to continental driving, or heavy haulage to tankers.
Being out (in most cases on your own) and in control of your day, literally has nothing to rival it. Not many job adverts can state that a sense of humour is essential and actually mean it. People pay a fortune to see their favourite comedian. In my experience, some of the best natural comedians have been in haulage; some dry, some warped, but all very funny!
Professional driving is quite a package really: To be on your own, in charge of your day, to travel and be paid for it and to have the ability to do a different job each day or within the same day (first a trailer curtain sider followed by a trailer fridge). It really doesn’t get more varied than this.
Class 1 Training
So who do you choose for your training? It’s important that you find a training company with a proven track record. Typing ‘HGV training companies’ into your search engine can bring its own problems as pages and pages of companies will be listed.
HGV LGV Training will connect you with professional training companies with proven track records, so you can find a reputable company that’s near to you.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s your money and your future. Remember to visit the training provider and see the vehicles prior to booking. Good luck!”