Driver Academy

CTS Driver Academy – your route to a career as an HGV Driver

The next intake of Driver Academy recruits is May 2018.

According to the RHA the average age of today’s UK HGV driver is 57 years. 35,000 HGV drivers are due to retire within the next five years and it’s estimated only 17,000 will join the industry.

One of the key reasons why there is a national shortage is the entry costs. Undertaking HGV training and gaining a licence can set you back around £4-5K. Here’s where CTS comes in – our ‘grow your own’ initiative helps develop a very particular style of HGV driver – highly suited to the specialist work undertaken by CTS. For the right candidates, our Driver Academy will fully fund the cost of the HGV training and licence.*

Headed by our qualified Driver Assessor, Colin Angus, CTS will take on a limited number of well-vetted entry level candidates each year and train them to HGV1, from scratch.

Earn while you learn HGV training – from 3.5T to HGV in 18+months

From the onset you will be employed by CTS, working on average 55 hours Monday to Friday, plus occasional weekends as part of a rota and as business needs dictate. During your working day, initially driving small vans, you will also undertake flexible training, tailored to your needs.

Benefits of joining our Driver Academy

  • HGV training and licence costs paid for by CTS*
  • Become a fully trained Class 1 truck driver in as little as 18 months*
  • Earn a competitive salary as a driver (3.5T & 7.5T) throughout your HGV training
  • ‘Classroom’ style and practical ‘on the job’ training delivered by our qualified HGV Driver Assessor and designated trainer
  • Generous weekend overtime opportunities and subsistence allowances
  • Work in an exciting industry, moving dangerous, delicate and difficult goods
  • Travel to interesting and unusual places, such as military bases across the UK and Europe

Do you have what it takes to join our Driver Academy? Meet one of our recruits or  register your interest today for our next intake of Driver Academy recruits in May 2018.

Requirements of Driver Academy:

  • Clean driving license (max 3 points) held for at least 12 months
  • Applicants must live within a 30-mile radius of CTS premises
  • Security vetting is a requirement for all roles at CTS and any offers of employment are made subject to obtaining and maintaining the necessary security clearance
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and will be required to provide proof of 5 years’ UK residency

*Terms and conditions apply.


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