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LGV Driver Academy, Current Serving & Ex-Military Drivers & Mentoring

At the Jack Richards & Son LGV Driving Academy, we don’t just show you how to drive a truck, we equip you will all of the core competencies required to make you a professional and safe truck driver. We will then give you a job, along with the appropriate mentoring/on job training, at one of our many UK locations (depending on availability).

When you apply for an LGV driver role through Jack Richards, we offer both newly qualified and experienced Class 1 drivers the opportunity to participate in our 1-week* intensive driver training academy programme. You will be expected to contribute £500 towards your training of which £250 will be refunded to you after you have completed your 1st year of employment.

  • Experienced LGV Drivers – Class 2 (Cat. C) to Class 1 (Cat. C+E)
  • New LGV Drivers – Car to Class 2 (Limited numbers only/Jobs available/Self Funding Required)
  • Ex-Military/Serving HM Forces – Class 2 to Class 1

*Depending on your training requirements, the course duration is approximately 1 week.

Before your training commences, you would be asked to either complete an on-road driving assessment or to take part in a telephone interview so that we fully understand your level of experience and training needs.

In addition to the required on-road driver training, and what sets us apart from other driving schools, our highly experienced driver academy instructors will provide you with training on how to:

  • Use the tachograph correctly including manual entries/mode changes etc.
  • Understand Load Distribution of an LGV
  • Secure the load of an LGV using a variety of load restraints
  • Operate curtain-sided vehicles safely
  • Conduct & record full daily vehicle safety checks
  • Refuel (including Ad-Blue) an LGV vehicle
  • Reversing an LGV in a variety of situations (not just the test requirements)

The Jack Richards & Son LGV Driving Academy is located in Fakenham, Norfolk and provides training to drivers from across the UK. We have comfortable residential accommodation available which is situated within close proximity to the Academy and local amenities. Please enquire about our accommodation when booking.

For more information about our LGV Driver Academy, please get in touch.

Serving & Ex-Military LGV Driver Roles

Jack Richards & Son are proud to be Career Transition Partnership Preferred Suppliers and members of the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business.

Which is why for many years, we have been championing the recruitment and training of qualified LGV drivers with little or no commercial driving experience from HM Forces.

Whether you’re currently in the military, HM Forces or are a former member, becoming a professional LGV driver is an excellent career path.

However, in order for you to secure your first LGV driver role, you are required to demonstrate on-road experience.

As part of your resettlement, funding may be available to HM Forces members to do your Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), and other familiarisation training you may require which will enable you to drive as a commercial LGV driver when you leave the services.

Through our Academy, we deliver training & work placements (fully mentored up to 3 weeks) nationwide for HM Forces’ members during their resettlement period and thereafter offer jobs to qualified LGV drivers to give them the experience and support needed as part of their resettlement and to help progress in their new careers.

For more information about our LGV driver training & work placement programme for HM Forces members, please email or call 01328 853731.

Driver Mentoring

Become the best driver you can be with Jack Richards’ driver mentoring scheme, specifically designed for drivers with little or no commercial experience.

Jack Richards drivers who take part in our mentoring scheme will be equipped with all of the core competencies required to make you a professional and safe truck driver and ready to get on the road. The mentoring programme covers areas such as driver hours, EU regulations, working regulations and SAFED.

For more information about our driver mentoring scheme, please get in touch.

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