National Apprenticeship Week 2022: What’s it like doing an LGV Driving Apprenticeship?

An LGV (Large Goods Vehicle)  Driver might not be the first job that springs to mind when you consider apprenticeships, but following the ongoing driver shortage, LGV Apprenticeships are more popular than ever. 

If you’re a practical person, enjoy being out on the road, and are looking for a career the complete opposite of a 9-5 office job, you might want to consider an LGV Driving Apprenticeship. 

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we caught up with Hayley Butterworth, LGV Apprentice at Asda who is currently completing her apprenticeship Driver Training with SP Training. At 47 years of age, Haley proves that apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers… and that it’s never too late to start over. 


Haley, upon passing her practical test!

1) Why did you choose your chosen apprenticeship?

“When the course was advertised I jumped at the chance, driving HGV is a great job opportunity and something I wanted to do, even though I find it challenging at times with doing a full time job and my family life, but so far so good…”


2) What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

 “I am enjoying the whole experience, sometimes I feel like I am back at school with all the course work, I never did well at school, so I feel like I have been given a second chance to try and achieve some goals in doing my level 1 in maths and English”


3) What skills has your apprenticeship helped you develop?

“I don’t know where to start, it’s helped me reach my goals so far in achieving computer course work which I never did before this. I have achieved my class 2 going onto my class 1,  I have successfully passed other tests, this  gives you a feeling of feeling very proud of yourself!” 


4) Would you recommend this apprenticeship to others, if so – why?

“Absolutely 100% this is something when I first started took me out of my comfort zone and I found a little scary by not believing in myself, but as time goes on I found very rewarding and achievable. Enjoying the whole experience and the support we get from our tutors is phenomenal. ” 

Upon completing the LGV Driving Apprenticeship the following training and qualifications will have been achieved: Category C (Rigid) driving licence, Category C+E (Artic) driving licence, Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), 35 hours of ongoing Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC),  Maths & English level 1 and/or 2 Functional Skills. 





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