HGV Driver Bootcamps


The government has announced it is investing in new Skills Bootcamps to train up to 5,000 people to become HGV drivers. The scheme will be open to new and returning drivers.

In addition, people can train through courses accessed locally and funded by the Government’s Adult Education Budget.

The move will help tackle skills shortages and support more people to launch new careers within the logistics sector.

Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving will be free, flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks. Participants who are looking for a new job and successfully complete the course will be guaranteed a job interview with a local employer.

These courses will train drivers to be road ready and gain a cat C or cat C&E licence.

You are eligible to apply if you are aged 19 or over employed, self-employed, have recently become unemployed (in the past 12 months) or are returning to work after a break and hold a full UK driving licence.

There will be a range of courses on offer to suit varying levels of experience, so you may want to apply if you:

  • have no, or limited, experience in HGV driving and you are interested in starting a new job in the industry.
  • require additional HGV qualifications, such as Accord Dangereux Routier (ADR) or Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP).
  • wish to update from driving licence category C to C+E.
  • are returning to the profession.


Information on where the courses will be running across the country and how you can apply to take part will be available from mid-November on gov.uk: List of Skills Bootcamps - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

You can contact the National Careers Service for advice on the options open to you, stay up to date on course availability and register your interest in Skills Bootcamps: nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/contact-us.

Skills Bootcamps in HGV driving will then begin from around the end of November or early December, depending on the timings of your local training provider.