looking for a change? Become a HGV driver!
It's the time of year when people start to look at their career and think about making a change. If you love driving and want to see a lot of new places, then becoming a HGV driver might be the new challenge for you. Making the decision to start a new career as a HGV driver can be fulfilling and rewarding, for the right kind of person. It's a big change from the usual 9-5 office job, and will have you travelling all over the place in your quest to help businesses thrive. But if you've never done anything like it before, what are the advantages to making the switch?
No Work Shortages
Unlike many other industries, the world of HGV driving isn't being hit by work shortages. In fact, it's very much the opposite. There is an overabundance of work waiting for new HGV drivers to grab hold of, but not enough drivers to handle it. This means you don't need to worry about being out of work, or not finding enough to pay the bills - you will always be able to find something.
Flexible Working Hours
That high demand for drivers? That spans across the whole country. With the rising age of current drivers, more and more companies are looking for new drivers to replace their retiring fleet drivers. So if you want to relocate across the country, you'll be able to find work wherever you land. You'll also be able to work your own hours, scheduled around previous commitments, giving you the ability to have a truly flexible schedule.
Long Term Job Security
Haulage and logistics is one industry that will never go out of fashion. Products will always need to be transported from one place to the other. And even with the advancements of technology, the demand for transport has never been higher. Good, qualified drivers will always be highly valued by businesses across the country, so there is a guarantee of long term job security.
Great Earning Potential
Due in part to the skills shortage, and in part to the nature of the job, driving a HGV is a great way to earn good money. As a professional driver, you earn upwards of £30,000 a year, depending on whether you choose to be an independent driver or to be employed by one business. On top of that, many businesses who employ drivers issue bonuses, which are determined by length of service, level of qualification and good safety records, further increasing your earning potential.
If you like your freedom, then a career in HGV can put you in the driving seat - literally. When you're in the cab, you're in control. No one looking over your shoulder, no office politics and no one telling you not to play your music as loud as you want.
High Job Satisfaction
HGV driver turnover rates are pretty low, with most drivers staying in the job until retirement, or they are forced to leave due to injury, illness or other external factors. This is in part because HGV driving has a really high rate of job satisfaction, and each driver ends the day with a sense of pride and genuine enjoyment in doing their part to hold up the economy.
Anyone Can Do It
As a career path, HGV driving has a pretty low bar to entry. All you really need to start your journey is a standard, clean driving licence. From there, it's a simple matter of taking some specialised HGV driver training lessons, much like you did when you first learnt to drive a car. This will end in a series of tests (just like the car test), and result in a full driver qualification for you.
At Rapier Employment, we specialise in helping people who need a chance of scenery. Our experts work with you to help decide what career route is right for you, help you gain the qualifications you need and put you in touch with businesses looking for those skills. For more information about how we can help, just get in touch with the team today.