1. How many hours training per day are you actually getting?
Watch out for “it’s a 5 day course”! Which could turn out to just be 3 hours training per day, often not enough to get you to the test standard. We make it clear to you exactly what days and how many hours per day you will be getting. We always charge by the hour, so we can tailor the 1:1 course specifically to you.
2. Training school or Middleman “Broker”?
HGV Training Brokers are middlemen, who will take your money and then book you with an actual training school making a profit by booking you reduced hours or charging an inflated price. In the last 3 years alone, there have been 2 high profile cases of 2 large brokers liquidating, “HGV Training Group” and “Specialised Training”. There are countless cases of this happening over the years and it can happen at any time, as they own no vehicles, they can just pack up their sales office and disappear, taking thousands of your hard earned cash with them. Always protect yourself by booking directly with a local training school.
It can be difficult to know if you’re booking with a training school, or training broker. The best ways to tell the difference are:
• Watch out for companies that claim to cover the whole of the UK. Some claim to have 50, 60 or even 100 training centres. There is no such thing as a HGV training school with branches in that many locations.
• They will refuse to allow site visits or make excuses. A real training school like ourselves will welcome you popping in for a chat and have a look at the vehicles. A Broker doesn’t have vehicles, so will make excuses not to allow this.
• You will be pressure sold on the phone and constantly phoned back, as they will work on commission. Our training advisors are there to provide friendly accurate licencing and course information, not be pushy and pressure you to give card details over the phone.
3. How long will you be waiting for the practical training element of your package?
Due to a DVSA test shortage, combined with the Government’s HGV Bootcamp Scheme, many schools are looking at a 5/6 month wait time for courses. We decided not to get involved in the (now closed for entry to drivers) Bootcamp scheme as it had very strict eligibility and we wanted to be fair to both the majority of the general population who weren’t eligible and our loyal business customers, by keeping an average just 1-2 month wait time. We can also pre-book suitable course dates for you, early in your package process with us, to ensure you get the dates that work with your schedule and time-frames best.