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A well-known UK travel company recently announced the addition of more than two dozen new coach driver jobs to be filled in the near future. Lucketts Travel, a South Coast travel group, will increase its total driver force to 100 with the addition of the 25 new jobs. The additions represent a 10% increase in the company’s driver workforce.

Coach drivers planning to apply for the positions can do so with the knowledge that Lucketts was recently named UK Large Coach Operator of the Year. They have an excellent reputation for providing customers some of the best service in the industry. Unlicensed drivers can receive their training directly from the company.

The need for the new coach driver positions is the result of the company winning a handful of contracts to provide coach transportation across the South of England. Those new contracts will require the addition of both buses and the drivers to operate them. For job seekers, it is an opportunity to learn a brand-new skill that will likely provide employment right to retirement age.

In order to become a coach driver an individual must undergo extensive training and pass both theory and practical exams. The entire process results in the driver earning an HGV license with the necessary endorsements to drive a coach. It is not a complicated process, but it does require a certain investment of time and money.

The average UK training centre can offer the practical training for about £1,200 or so. The student pays the fees associated with testing as well as any additional classes he or she feels it is necessary to take. In most cases, everything can be completed in about eight weeks.

If you are interested in becoming a coach driver, the basic process is as follows:

Between the time you submit your paperwork and the receipt of the provisional entitlement, study for your theory test. You can get study materials from the DVLA or a local training centre. If you can study on your own and manage to pass the theory test without having to take an additional class, you’ll save yourself some money.

The theory test consists of two parts: highway safety and hazard prevention. Each section consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that should not be too difficult if you invest the time in study. If you fail your theory test, feel free to study some more and take it again.

With your training and licensing complete, you’ll be able to embark on a career as a coach driver with a company like Lucketts. At that HGV Training Centre, we offer job placement assistance upon the completion of your training. There are many jobs out there just waiting for you to apply.

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