Just swing by to see us, our kettle is always on and you will be made to feel welcome
HGV / LGV Training
Welcome to Data Academys web page, we offer friendly and professional driver training for all licence categories of LGV/HGV, including HGV refresher training. We will help you every step of the way, from applying for your provisional licence of choice, theory/hazard/CPC2 test bookings , practical training to any advice you require during and after your training. We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced instructors, plus our very own fleet of vehicles. Our training vehicles meet all the Euro 6 standard introduced in September 2015, reducing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and helping to decrease our Carbon Footprint. Look out for our ripped L plate logo on the roads. To find out more about our training, please get in touch today or pop down at any time for a cup of tea.
Why Choose Us
Established in 2005, we have knowledgeable and experienced instructors with a high percentage of first and second time passes. We are permanently based in Leicester and have our very own fleet of new Euro6 vehicles ready to learn in. Please be aware, on “You’ve been scammed” from the BBC, they featured a rogue LGV broker. They will ask you to pay a deposit or arrange finance over the phone. On the internet it looks as though they are going to train you but they don’t actually do the training or own the vehicles you train in, but contract it out to a third party. Often they don’t even have a local presence. You could end up paying much more than you need to in the long run, or your training time may be reduced and this could result in poor pass rates.
We would always advise that you drop in to see any training provider that you are thinking of using. Don’t announce your visit, just swing by. It won’t take you long to get a feel for the type of company you are dealing with and you can suss out whether they own their vehicles and will look after you. Our kettle is always on and you will be made to feel welcome.
Become a Professional HGV Driver
If you have reached this far, then I’m sure you are serious about taking on the journey to become a professional HGV driver. Just give us a call today before parting with any of your money, we will only offer you professional, friendly advice and guidance on acquiring your licence. No pushy salesmen here!!
Our LGV / HGV driver training for all LGV classes requires the following 5 steps...
Step 1 - Medical
Overview: All you have to do is give our offices a call and we will give you dates and times for your HGV medical. We will help you complete forms D2 and D4, and answer any questions you might have. The medical is pretty basic, and you are fully clothed throughout your appointment. The doctor will complete the D4 form with you, as you complete the medical..
Further Information: We have used the same doctor for the last 14 years. He has run his own medical centre for over 25 years. and is experienced in conducting medicals for HGV. We also undertake re-medicals for the ‘seasoned’ HGV drive ( Spaces for re-medicals are limited)
We have the forms you need (D2 and D4) to apply for your provisional licence and to undertake your medical. We will go through everything with you, making sure they are filled in correctly to ensure you get your provisional licence back from DVLA within their agreed time-frame (within 21 days). All we ask is for you to get to us on the evening of the medical 10 minutes before your appointment, allowing us time to iron out any problems with the paperwork. Bring any medication you are taking to show the doctor, glasses if you wear them for driving and come with a full bladder to provide a urine sample for testing sugar levels. Oh, and of course a face mask.
There is no cost for the actual D2 and D4 application forms to gain provisional licence for LGV. If you are unable to make one of our medical evenings, we can organise an appointment at our doctor’s surgery for you. Please call to book a place on 0116 287 7692.
It is a legal requirement for a LGV vocational licence that you pass a medical (very basic). We offer our medicals at our Leicester facility every 2 weeks in the evening for your convenience; and remember, we have all the forms needed. We recommend that you contact your own Doctor first just to compare prices. Having passed your medical, you can now send for your provisional LGV licence by recorded delivery.
Step 2 - LGV / HGV Theory Training Course & Test
Call now to reserve your place. Our unique theory training procedure will be explained. We are re-introducing our very own Theory course, (classroom) which we had in place pre-COVID.
The LGV theory test consists of a hundred questions (85+ to pass), plus a hazard perception test (67%+ to pass) consisting of nineteen video clips, And an initial CPC2 test (40+ to pass) is a max of 50 questions.
Step 3 - LGV Driving Assessment
When you receive your LGV licence back or have completed your LGV theory/Hazard tests, the next stage is a driving assessment. (yes, you can drive one of our vehicles with just your provisional back)
You now have a choice of vehicle type to take an assessment in, C1, C1+E, C, C+E, the new Govenment insentive to give all HGV/LGV provisional entitlement when completing your medical.
The assessment is a short course and is approximately sixty minutes of practical LGV driving and instruction in the type of vehicle that you will be in when training. This assessment makes it possible for us to accurately assess the amount of time you will require for your training course, in order to train you to a level where you are capable of passing your test first time.
This allows us to maintain our very high percentage of first and second time pass rates. The instructor will issue you with a copy of the assessment and also detail activities you can start to practise while driving your car to reduce your training days (thus saving you money!).
Step 4 - Practical Training Course
Following the DVSA approved lesson plans, we not only prepare you for your test, but also train you for the job you are going to do when you have passed your test. All courses include reversing at our own Leicester based reversing centre with two DVSA replica reverse pads. In addition, during your course you will be trained in real-life situations, both reversing and delivering, preparing you for the career you are about to embark on.
Step 5 - Practical Test
Whilst there is no such thing as a “guaranteed pass”, we guarantee you will be trained to the best of your abilities, This will be a team work scenario, and YOU will be part of that team, so working together is essential.
All HGV/LGV test consists of a 3a test and a 3b test. We will ready and test you on the 3a off-road test and the DVSA will be on site to test you on the 3b on-road test, the 3b test will be conducted on your last planned day with us..
We not only train you on test routes, but on a variety of roads and situations, giving you a broader repertoire of driving skills for when you take your test.
After passing your test we are happy to offer help and advice about anything you are not sure about. We are just a phone call away on 0116 287 7692. Or, pop in for a cuppa and a chat. We can also help you to find work as we have many companies who contact us when they are recruiting new HGV/LGV drivers.
"Passed my class 2 test this week thanks entirely to the excellent tuition from a fabulous team at data academy. Funny, self deprecating and very professional these people really put you at ease during a very tense period undergoing my first tests of any kind since passing car test at 17 (I am now 54!). Cannot recommend you highly enough. Five stars for everything. Thanks again."
"Just completed my Cat C training. Found all the staff really helpful. My trainer, Eddie, explained everything I needed to know to drive safely and professionally. His explanations were well explained and easy to follow and enabled me to pass both CPC and practical driving test. Would recommend Data Academy and will use them again when I move to the next stage (C+E)."
"Passed cat C & CE with data and I can honestly say it's the best learning environment you could ask for. Vast knowledge of not only the vehicles but the industry too! Extremely supportive and just a great company over all. Taking them biscuits won't help you pass, but they will definitely be happy to see you."
"The guys here are all fantastic! Incredibly helpful, understanding, patient and more importantly, "normal" (well, most of them!) Dorian went out of his way to get me booked in for my test ASAP. I passed my trailer test with them and from my experience, can highly recommend them!"
"These guys are amazing! Everyone at Data Academy is so welcoming and fun, they put me at ease straight away. I’m so glad I did my C1 training with them. My instructor Phil was great, I struggle with nerves but he helped me stay calm and didn’t let me worry about silly mistakes! I would highly recommend using Data Academy!"
"Data Academy was recommended to my via a friend. Right from the first conversation with Dorian, Racheal and the team I knew this would be the only company I would want to complete my 7.5 tonne training with. They supported all my learning differences and went over and above to meet and care for my needs. The communication throughout and the process from start to finish was outstanding. I was matched with the perfect instructor for 2 days, Nick, his teaching style was nurturing and he understood my differences and helped me to focus and believe in myself. I can at times let my emotions get the better of me but Nick and the team helped raise my confidence levels and I was able to pass first time. I will always be grateful to Data Academy for their love and support and if you are thinking of taking your HGV test then look no further Data Academy by far outshine their competitors.
"Just wanted to say a massive thanks to the team at Data, with a special thanks to Eddie, who taught me how to drive a CE from car, ironed out my faults and improved my driving up to professional standards. And also calmed my nerves just before my test. :-) I got it in the bag with two minor faults, one for a pedestrian light (which I observed should change shortly but I proceeded and braked a bit excessive) and taking too long to move when a car was up the road, on the Forest Road turn. Edit: I just wanted to add the time frame, on the 25th of July I passed my theory, hazard perception & CPC 2. The 24th of August I'm a qualified HGV driver. If you don't want to mess around waiting long periods, go speak to Data. :-) Of course the time of year will factor into this."
"Absolutely amazing professional team!
I would like say big thank you for everyone in Data Academy.
You are absolutely super stars!!!
Everything nice and clear from beginning to the end. No hidden costs. Nice and easy. Like my instructor say: “Nice and steady, nice and gently”
Phil still missing your “good” DATA ACADEMY dreams come true with you guys! Just in 7 days for an artic! I pass month ago and now im on the road from 3 weeks. One More Time BIG THANK YOU!!! Dreams come true!"
"Friendly and professional, the team are always available to answer any questions and guide you through the stages required to get your license. Excellent practical training with great explanation enabling me to pass my HGV Cat C test.
Big thank you to Eddie for your patience and instruction!
Thank you Dorian and all the team."
"I found this company after being given a personal recommendation and despite them being over an hour drive away from me I went to visit them. So glad I did, from my very first assessment drive through to passing my C+E I found them all to be professional, knowledgeable and above all great fun. As a motorcycle instructor for the past 26 years I thought I knew a bit about training (nothing about driving trucks); however, I am pleased to say I also learnt a lot about teaching styles and methods. Whatever instructor I had, who all had their different styles, they pretty quickly cottoned on to my learning style and made sure that they were getting the best out of me. It was a bit strange being the student after all these years, but my experiences go to show that every day is a school day. I will certainly take away not just my new licence but also some useful training tips and techniques that I can utilise. Oh and I should also mention the office staff who excellently catered to my every need, whether that be rearranging dates, assisting with my paperwork, sorting my theory test or even just a friendly chat. Thanks to all at Data Academy Ltd!"