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Welcome
Left to Right: Jan Carter (Director), Nathalie Axon (Founder/Director) & Sharon Dayson (Director)

Welcome to Horsepower

Inspiration and Innovation in LGV training for women

OUR MISSION IS TO ATTRACT AND INSPIRE LADIES WHO HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED LARGE GOODS VEHICLE DRIVING AS A PROFESSION.
WE PROVIDE A WELCOMING PATHWAY FOR INDIVIDUALS OUTSIDE THE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY, TO EXPLORE AND SAMPLE THE MANY AND VARIED OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.
OUR CONCEPT IS STRONGLY AIMED AT BOTH INSPIRING MEN AND WOMEN, A SECTOR VIRTUALLY OVERLOOKED TO DATE AS WELL AS INTRODUCING ENTHUSIASTIC NEW CANDIDATES TO THE INDUSTRY.
THE TRAINING IS FOCUSED AT PREPARING NEW DRIVERS BOTH MALE AND FEMALE FOR THE INDUSTRY, NOT JUST A LICENCE.
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Hi, I'm Peter Dempsey, my career in the transport industry spans 24 years during which I have held various roles from L.G.V driver, Shunter, and office based as Scheduler, Planner, Supervisor and Team Manager.
My experience has been gained in the brewery sector and two of the big five Supermarket Logistics and distribution chains.
I have witnessed many changes within the industry and the growing importance of the role of a driver. I firmly believe an overhaul in the way we attract and train ‘new blood’ is long overdue, as well as the calibre of candidates we should seek to work in this highly skilled and professional career.
I firmly believe that Nathalie has an exceptional and original vision for the future in attracting and training new drivers for the job and not just the licence. Her novel approach will showcase the role of drivers and encourage both men and women into taking up a very rewarding and flexible career. This is a positive step to promoting future growth and sustainability in the transport industry.

Nathalie

Nathalie

Nathalie

WE ARE HORSEPOWER

Virtually everything around you has been delivered by truck and there is an impending shortage of drivers.

Contrary to old perceptions, you don’t have to be a man, eat Yorkie bars or live in your truck to earn your living driving.

Becoming a professional driver may seem a long way off, in fact it may never have crossed your mind to attempt it.

Modern trucks are easier to drive than a small hatchback and a lot more fun!

Don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself, join us for a taster day and find out how becoming a professional driver will change your life!

You only need a current car drivers licence, no provisional LGV licence required to take part in a taster day.
Jan

Jan

Jan
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BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER WILL GIVE YOU:

FLEXIBLE HOURS

flexible hours
Choose your start time to suit your needs for example fit around children/family, hobbies, pets, sports, etc. Part-time or full-time: it's up to you what hours you put in. For example you could choose to go driving when your partner gets home to look after the kids.

FLEXIBLE TIME

flexible time
Choose your days, lates or nights anytime of the year. This includes weekends, public holidays and could provide the perfect excuse to avoid the in-laws!
You could drive Wednesdays and Sundays for example, or top-up your earnings if you are already self-employed.

FLEXIBLE INCOME

flexible income
Choose how much you are going to earn.
One shift a week - £6000 per/annum
Two shifts a week - £12000 per/annum
Three shifts a week - £18000 per/annum
Four shifts a week - £24000 per/annum
Five shifts a week - £30000 per/ annum

AS AN AGENCY DRIVER

Almost everybody starts out their driving career as an agency driver. There is no denying that the better contracts only become available with experience and initially all newly qualified drivers will have to be prepared to accept a variety of assignments to gain hours at the wheel.

This applies to any skilled job, for example becoming a top hair stylist will require a stint as an assistant to a senior stylist, or an apprentice to a trades person.

The distinct benefit of working for agencies is the flexibility it affords:
  • You can be on their books with holiday entitlement, etc.
  • You can be self employed or run your own limited company, with the added benefits that these attract.
  • You can access temp to permanent opportunities which are often closed to outsiders.
  • You can easily move from one contract to another, without having to give much notice.

AS AN EMPLOYED DRIVER

Like most trades, the hey days of record wages and perks are long gone. £45,000+ per annum was not unheard of as an employed driver. Nowadays, this can still be achieved in some of the key roles such as yard shunting - if you're prepared to put in some overtime.

Realistically £36,000 to £40,000 per annum (rates differ regionally) is more achievable as a driver for a blue chip company (e.g. large supermarket distribution chains).
  • Interestingly most existing LGV C+E licence holders have earned their living as a driver - in most cases 25 years or more proving it is a much loved occupation.
  • The attraction is not only the money but the perceived freedom, the flexibility and the relative ease of the work involved.
  • Older drivers nearing or reaching retirement age will readily continue to drive one or two shifts a week to top up their pensions.
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TRUCKS ARE SO MUCH FUN TO DRIVE YOU’LL WANT TO TAKE ONE HOME!

A few fascinating facts how trucks differ from cars:
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  • Trucks are expected to clock up over a million km or 700,000.00 Miles
  • They average around 9 or 10 miles per gallon and around 450 brake horsepower
  • Service/inspection intervals are every 6 weeks
  • The average basic fleet truck costs £80,000.00 and are replaced every 3 years
  • Road fund licence pound;2400 for 12 months
  • A refrigerated trailer costs pound;30,000
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  • Cars (Diesel) are expected to clock up around 240,000 km or 200,000 Miles
  • They average around 15 or 60 miles per gallon and around 100 to 250 brake horsepower
  • Service/inspection intervals are every 12 months
  • The average family saloon costs £16,000 and are replaced every 5-8 years
  • Road fund licence £134 for 12 months