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The Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles qualification

The Apprenticeship is made up of elements that ensure upon completion the trainee can function competently both as a driver and in all other driving-related duties.

These elements include:

QCF Qualification- QCF is a work-based qualification designed to develop craft skills within the chosen line of employment. The knowledge and practical training are developed while attending training at one of our driving academies and the practical assessments will be conducted in the workplace. A Driving Plus assessor will go to the trainee's place of work regularly over the 12 months to observe them carrying out their normal duties to support their development and to ensure they are suitably competent in each area.

Functional Skills - As part of the apprenticeship programme we will develop the apprentices' literacy and numeracy abilities. The development of functional skills will be provided in a classroom environment often at the place of work and all material and exercises are based around the transport industry, DVSA case studies and customer service skills.

Theoretical Testing - Before engaging on the practical driver training, the trainee will be given access to an online learning platform in order to study for the new LGV Test requirements which are the DVSA theory test, hazard perception and case study exams (modules 1 & 2).

Practical Training and DVSA Tests - Two intensive driver training courses each concluding with the respective class of DVSA practical driving test and knowledge demonstration exams (modules 3 & 4).

Shadowing - Buddy drives. The length of time a newly passed driver will take shadowing a driver trainer or experienced employee will vary from 1-3 weeks after acquiring each of the category C and C+E licences. The newly passed driver will only take full control of all vehicle manoeuvres once both parties are completely comfortable with the trainee's new-found competence.

Workplace Assessments - In addition to buddy witness testimonies, Driving Plus will provide a TAQA (A1) DSA Grade 5 assessor, who will observe and produce evidence of the trainee's knowledge and practical skills against the QCF Standards. The workplace assessments will involve a minimum of six accompanied drives.