HGV Driver Shortages

The United Kingdom is currently grappling with a severe shortage of HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) drivers, leaving a significant gap of 60,000 drivers. The consequences of this shortage have been felt across multiple industries, causing disruptions in supply chains, empty supermarket shelves, and increased costs for consumers. This presents a unique opportunity for individuals to not only fill this void but to embark on a career with high demand and stability.

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Why Pursue an HGV Licence?

1. High Demand

The shortage of 60,000 HGV drivers in the UK has created an unprecedented demand for skilled professionals, ensuring ample job opportunities.

2. Job Security

With the current shortage, HGV drivers are in high demand, providing a sense of job security in an ever-changing job market.

3. Competitive Wages

HGV drivers often enjoy competitive salaries, reflecting the essential role they play in keeping supply chains moving.

4. Diverse Career Paths

An HGV licence opens doors to various sectors, from logistics and transportation to specialised deliveries, offering diverse career paths to suit your interests.

5. Looking to the Future: Technology and Your Role 

Driverless technology is still some way off being a reality, skilled human drivers remain crucial, and entering the industry now positions individuals as essential contributors to the future of transportation.

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Why Choose RED for Your HGV Training?

1. Streamlined Training Process

At RED, we understand the urgency in addressing the shortage of HGV drivers. Our training programs are designed to be efficient, getting you on the road sooner. Check out our training options  and prices – we even offer finance payments through Dopple to reduce your upfront outlay to get on track for your new career.

2. Experienced Instructors

Learn from the best in the industry with our experienced instructors, ensuring you receive top-notch training and valuable insights.

3. Comprehensive Support

We provide more than just training. RED offers a supportive network to guide you through the entire process, from obtaining your licence to starting your career.

4. Industry-Recognised Certification

Our training courses are industry-recognised, giving you the credibility and skills needed to excel in the competitive world of HGV driving.

Embarking on a journey to become an HGV driver is not just a career choice; it’s a strategic move in a dynamic job market. With RED, your path to obtaining an HGV licence is not only streamlined but backed by a team dedicated to your success. Learn with RED, and let’s drive the future together.


See which is best for you

Feature Licenses


The CAT C1 HGV license authorises the operation of medium-sized lorries, enabling individuals to proficiently navigate and transport goods within the specified weight class.


The CAT C1+E HGV license takes your driving skills up a notch by allowing you to tow trailers along with medium-sized lorries

CAT CE (Class 1)

The CAT CE (Class 1) HGV license grants you the authority to drive articulated lorries, allowing you to maneuver and transport substantial loads with a tractor unit and trailer. It’s the pinnacle of commercial driving licenses.

How we can help…

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Ready to start your HGV driver training course? If you’re considering becoming a LGV or HGV driver, you’ll find more useful information in our ‘What HGV licence do I need?’ and ‘How much do HGV drivers earn?’ guides. We can also advise you on the most appropriate licence category based on your career goals and the type of vehicle you wish to drive. We have nationwide training locations and offer competitive 4-5 day intensive HGV training courses. Contact us today to discuss your driver training needs and requirements. We even offer finance options through Dopple as well as straight purchase prices for courses – offering you flexibility.