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COURSE IN Rhondda Cynon Taff

Several recessions over the years have not been kind to the Rhondda Cynon Taff area of South Wales. However, government and business leaders have been working hard to restore the local economy by encouraging more light industry and service-based businesses capable of taking advantage of tourist traffic passing through the area. It is paying off. Rhondda Cynon Taff is slowly regaining its economic footing to the delight of local restaurants.

A key part of the county’s economic redevelopment is logistics and transport. For example, all of the industrial companies now operating in the region require a steady supply of equipment and materials. Articulated lorries and box trucks bring that cargo into Rhondda Cynon Taff. Where tourism traffic is concerned, buses and coaches provide the transport necessary to move passengers throughout the region.

Have you considered driving articulated lorries or coaches for a living? Does the idea of spending your days on the open road intrigue you? If so, we want to introduce to you our HGV training in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Our local training programme is part of a nationwide operation that includes more than four dozen schools throughout Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We Train Future Drivers

Becoming a professional driver isn’t really possible or practical without at least some training. If nothing else, CPC mandates require new drivers undergoing a minimal amount of training in order to obtain their initial CPC qualification cards. Further training is also a very good idea for new drivers who want to take and pass the necessary tests on the first try. That’s where we come in. We train future drivers not only to be CPC qualified but to pass all the tests.

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There are four different tests new drivers must take:

  • Theory Test – The first test in the series is the two-part theory test. The first part consists of 100 multiple-choice questions of which candidates must answer 85 correctly. The second part involves watching 19 videos on a computer. Within the videos are 20 developing hazards that candidates must identify properly and within a reasonable amount of time. A passing score on the second part is 67.
  • Case Studies Test – The case studies test presents a number of scenarios to candidates involving things they will encounter in the workplace. Each case study is accompanied by a number of multiple-choice questions that measure the candidate’s understanding of the topic. A passing mark on this test is 40 out of 50.
  • Driving Skills Test – The third test is the driving skills test, taken once a candidate has completed practical skills training. It is also a two-part test that involves driving on public roads with an examiner, followed by solo driving at the testing facility. Candidates must demonstrate they possess the skills and knowledge to safely manoeuvre large commercial vehicles.
  • Practical Demonstration Test – The fourth and final test in the series is the practical demonstration test. It is usually taken during the same session as the driving skills test. This test involves five topics taken directly from the Driver CPC syllabus. It is a ‘show me, tell me’ test requiring a score of 80 out of 100 to pass.

We want you to know that there is no reason to fear testing when you train with us. Our HGV training in Rhondda Cynon Taff provides you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to succeed. More than 90% of our drivers pass each of the tests on the first attempt.

We Train to the Tests

One of the ways we achieve such a high first-time pass rate is by concentrating on the tests themselves. Consider this: testing is the only way the DVLA can determine whether a candidate truly should get a commercial driving licence. If you cannot pass the tests, you cannot get a licence. It is that simple. Therefore, our training philosophy is one that focuses on training to the test in order to make sure our students pass.

Training to the test involves two things. First are the actual knowledge and skills that candidates need to possess. In other words, training to the test involves the ‘what’. All of the skills and knowledge being imparted can be divided into one of the three following categories:

  • Driving Theory – There is quite a bit of book knowledge involved in driving commercial vehicles. Students learn about things like drivers’ hours regulations, how to maintain legally compliant paperwork, how weather conditions affect vehicle handling, and so forth.
  • Driving Skills – Drivers must possess certain skills in order to pass the driving skills test. This includes proper accelerating techniques, making safe, controlled stops, cornering (especially at junctions), and reversing trailers into parking spaces. We teach these skills and give our students plenty of opportunity to practice.
  • Practical Skills – Along with driving skills, professionals must possess additional practical skills. These skills include things such as conducting walkaround checks, properly securing cargo, and mitigating illegal migration where applicable.

By imparting the required knowledge and skill sets, we prepare students for the ‘what’ portion of testing. Then we go one step further. We also teach them how to take tests utilising strategies that will increase their chances of passing on the first attempt. We can use that HGV theory test as a good example.

The theory test is a two-part test involving both multiple-choice questions and computer-based videos. There are particular strategies for taking multiple-choice tests we teach our students. For example, the theory exam may ask the same question, phrased three or four different ways, to measure whether a candidate truly understands the material. We teach our students how to read and interpret questions so that they always know what it is they are being asked.

As for the video portion of the test, candidates are measured on their ability to correctly spot developing hazards in a reasonable amount of time. The test involves using a touchscreen to record the candidates’ responses. For someone who has never taken this kind of test before, it can be somewhat intimidating. Therefore, we give our students opportunities to take practice tests so that they can become comfortable with the process before they have to sit for the real thing.

Our Training Builds Confidence

Here at the HGV Training Centre, we believe that confidence goes a long way toward being a successful driver. Therefore, we make a point of building confidence through our HGV training in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Every student who passes through our doors is provided with step-by-step assistance throughout the entire training process. Extra help and support are provided to any student who seems to be struggling. The end goal of our training is to have students that are knowledgeable, skilled, and confident in their abilities.

Confident drivers are safe drivers who are less likely to make rash decisions. Why does this matter? Because the confidence we instil in our students goes well beyond just testing. It affects them throughout their entire careers. Simply put, our drivers refer to their training time and again. What they learned at the HGV training centre, and how they learned it, serves them well year after year.

You Can Start Today

If you are thinking about becoming a professional HGV or PCV driver, there is no need to delay any longer. You can begin the process today by registering for HGV training in Rhondda Cynon Taff. We will get you into the next class scheduled for your local area. In the meantime, one of our training specialists will get you started on the necessary paperwork for your HGV medical and provincial entitlement. You can then start preparing for the theory test.

HGV training in Rhondda Cynon Taff is your open door to a great career as a professional driver. We make driver training fast, convenient, and affordable to nearly everyone who wants to take advantage of it. You need only get in touch with us to get things rolling.

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