I have worked as a Class 2 driver but for the last few years I have worked as a PCV driver. After working very long hours on the buses I decided enough is enough and made a decision that I wanted to change my career and go back to HGVs. But I wanted more and therefore at my own expense put in for my Class 1.
When I passed my Class 1 test first time I was over the moon, but then started to get a little disheartened while looking for Class 1 employment as all the firms asked for experience, but then as I was looking online and noticed a bold advertisement for Newly Passed/Qualified Class 1 Drivers with HGV Recruitment Agency. So I did not hesitate and applied after sending my CV, a few emails and phone calls later I am booked in for an assessment for a major nationwide company. This is nothing to worry about they are looking to see if you need extra training. With myself I passed this and within a week I am now employed with HGV Recruitment on a temp to perm basis.
Once you start you get the training and most importantly the support you need to succeed in your new career. You have 4 days in the classroom with your induction and CPC courses and then you go out with a driver to see what the job is all about. Then in your second week you are with a mentor who is there to build your confidence. They will give you the training and support you need to build your confidence. Some drivers will be more confident than other but you have 3 weeks or even 4 if needed out with a mentor. Once you are happy and your mentor is happy you have another assessment and then you are on your own.