Skills Bootcamp to Employment
Last year we met Jonathan, who applied for our HGV Skills Bootcamp – and three months after completing his test, is enjoying his job as a lorry driver!
Our free HGV Skills Bootcamps are delivered in partnership with West of England Combined Authority, to residents of the South West, looking to gain a Category C Licence, which allows them to drive vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and 32 tonnes.
Jonathan was someone that always had an interest in lorries, but decided to use this opportunity to further his career. He said: “A close friend of mine decided to return to driving and he sent me the details of the course. As I was unemployed at the time and only doing the odd days work through agencies, I decided to take this opportunity to acquire my HGV Class 1 (LGV C+E) and turn my interest into a career.”
The HGV Skills Bootcamps offer participants free, flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks, with those that successfully complete the course being guaranteed a job interview.
Jonathan added: “The course was a mix of classroom and online based learning programme and as a self-confessed habitual student, I enjoyed this side of the course. My highlight of the course though was when it came to the actual driving as I was expecting to start in a Class 2 (Rigid) and was introduced straight away to a Class 1 articulated lorry. I was helped along the way by my instructor Mark, who was very encouraging – he inspired me with confidence that I could do this.”
On competition of the course, Jonathan started working with DX Freight, where he is an HGV Class 1 Driver.
On his first day, he was asked to drive to Heathrow, and as part of this, he had to swap trailers. Jonathan said of the experience: “It was a challenge, but one that I took up. I found this quite daunting at first to be honest, as I hadn't driven a truck since passing my test.”
Jonathan was new to the logistics industry, and has continued to impress his employer with this skills and work ethic.
He added: “If you’re considering the HGV course, I would say go for it! If you enjoy driving and travelling to different places.”