Why Choose Dulson Training Ltd
We have 0% APR Finance Options and Government Funded Advanced Learner Loans. You do not need a deposit or a good credit rating.
Welcome to Dulson Training Ltd. We are family run organization with over 25 years experience in driver training and the haulage industry. We have adapted and continuously improved our service to become one of the UK's largest training providers. We have invested substantially to provide the best and most cost effective training packages available. With 0% APR Credit and Government Funding Advanced Learner Loans.
- Excellent pass rates, more than double the national average.
- Free Assessments
- Amazing customer reviews. Please take a look at our customer reviews here.
- Brand new training equipment, one of the most impressive training fleets in the UK.
- Purpose built training Centre, parking, WC, waiting rooms, training rooms and full size maneuvering areas.
- Shropshire's only private DVSA test site, train where you test. Short waiting lists and no wasted time.
- A large passionate workforce who will always want to see you succeed and keep the waiting lists low.
- We have one of the UK's only in-house DVSA Driver CPC Mod 4 examiners.
- Step-by-Step help, we are always happy to assist you with the entire process.
- We help you to find employment in your new career.
- The perfect time for a new career, there is a huge driver shortage, take a look at this article.
- 0% finance, subject to status.
- Student loans for unemployed, employed or self employed even with a bad credit rating.
- Some courses can be delivered nationwide.
- Multiple locations across Shropshire.
- Lagre corporate, group or private individual bookings welcome.
- Your one stop shop for driver development or license question training.
- Always a professional, friendly and reliable service from our office and team of experienced instructors.
- We always welcome a face to face to discuss your training needs.
We are working with local haulage companies and driving agencies to help you find your new job.
The UK has a huge HGV driver shortage! We offer the skills training needed for you to qualify as a professional driver and can help you locate suitable employment.
We refuse to take any shortcuts, you always get what you pay for at Dulson Training Ltd. We are UK industry leaders in driver training. we serve Shrewsbury, Telford, Shropshire, Midlands and Wales
Take Your Test In Shrewsbury Or Telford At Our Private DVSA Test Sites
Raising The Standards in Commercial Training
Shropshire Driver Training Academy raising commercial driving standards. Dulson Training Limited is Shropshire’s only training provider with a DVSA In-house examiner and private driving test centre on site. For over 25 years the family run business has been successfully training individuals and business based customers across a range of classes including HGV LGV Class 1 and 2 trucks, ambulances and horseboxes, PCV/PSV for coaches and buses, also minibus driving. Car and trailer training is very popular and there is the opportunity for drivers to gain or update their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification. Steve Dulson, Managing Director, explains the popularity and success of the site saying: “We have everything you could need for driver training and testing on our private land. Our equipment is new, we have a 20 seater classroom, on site test tracks and, with our own training staff and on site DVSA qualified examiner, we can shorten the time taken for drivers to gain their qualifications which has a two-fold benefit to them. It saves them money and reduces by up to 3 months the time until they can start driving jobs. “Our private test site has the facility for full reversing practice and trainees can get in driving practice before going on to the public roads.” Steve is proud that the fleet of vehicles are very user friendly which helps to gain the confidence of the trainees. He has just taken ownership from Greenhous Commercials of one of the latest DAF CF Euro 6 artic 4x2 tractor units to add to an existing DAF CF artic, two DAF LF 12 tonne trucks and one DAF LF 13 tonne truck. Much of his fleet has been supplied by Greenhous including a Nissan Navara used for trailer towing training. “Greenhous are an ideal partner with excellent, relevant vehicles for training purposes. They stock the parts we need and along with servicing they offer a 24/7 response to our needs which is essential,” says Steve. Steve reveals that feedback from trainee drivers has been very positive about the DAF products used. “They are very user friendly vehicles and it is important to have a relaxed driver behind the wheel”, he reports. “The DAF LF is a small and manoeuvrable vehicle with not too many gadgets. It is an ideal first truck to drive and the transition from driving a car to the LF is seamless for many. “The new Euro 6 DAF CF feels so smooth and quiet. The examiner can stand outside and easily communicate instructions to the driver. The cab space in the artic is excellent, not claustrophobic at all. It is so important to make the environment comfortable for the trainee driver.” Dulson Training Ltd place customer experience at the top of their list of priorities and the facilities at the training centre are certainly impressive. There is a large car park and refreshments are available. The large classroom caters for classes up to 20 in number and lunch can be provided on some courses. The company made a conscious decision to have an automatic fleet of trucks, though they have manual versions available on request. All of the vehicles are washed every day. Steve explained the importance of setting up the Shropshire Driver Training Academy revealing a staggering 45,000 shortage of HGV drivers in the UK. “It is estimated that 5 qualified drivers leave the industry each day”, Steve revealed. “That is why we started the Academy, to encourage over 18’s to get their training. We can offer low rate finance packages and offer an NVQ in Customer Service qualification that can enable the trainee to access student loans to help with the cost of their HGV training. “We also help our new graduates to find work and prepare them for the workplace driving experience. Dulson Training examiners also provide certification of competence for any drivers that can be submitted to insurance companies. Dulson Training are keen to offer ‘taster days’ in the future to encourage people to have a go at driving whatever size of vehicle they like. Dulson are members of the Road Haulage Association who support innovative ideas for encouraging people to become HGV drivers.
Shropshire's Only Private DVSA Test Sites
We are extremely proud to announce the partnership between Dulson Training Ltd and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) This relationship is set to expand again in 2018 to help further establish us as one of the UK's leading training providers.
DVSA In-house Mod 4 examiner at Dulson Training Ltd
We are extremely happy to be selected as one of the first training providers in the UK to have the in-house Driver CPC Mod 4 examiner facility. This is not an internal delegated examiner like many others, this is a Dulson employee enabled to test the general public before they enter the lorry or bus driving industry. This facility has been granted because we conduct a high number of tests annually and constantly repeat the high standards expected by the DVSA. It is a big responsibility and we have been spot checked twice so far with excellent feedback.
Please be aware that if you are tested in-house you can not be prepared for the test by the same person. The in-house examiner can not prepare you for the Mod 4 test or conduct any other lorry or bus driver training before or after your test due to conflict. Dulson Training Ltd are the only company in Shrewsbury and Telford who have more multiple employees this means we can train you for your driving test, prepare you for the Mod 4 test and then someone else will actually conduct the Mod 4 test with you. No conflict!
If you have tested with someone in-house and then you do your driver training with them this can have serous consequences. We have designated areas at our sites to prepare you with the Mod 4 and then for the test to be conducted. We have indoor training rooms where the load demonstration trolley is used and can conduct tests at a time to suit you, evenings, weekdays or weekends are available. For more information please contact us or have a look at our Driver CPC course page.
Setting the Standard!
Shropshire's Only DVSA Private Customer Test Sites
The public test site in Shrewsbury (Harlescott LGV) has officially been announced that it will close. When the site closes there will be no where to take a test in Shrewsbury. Local people would need to travel to Wolverhampton, Birmingham or Wrexham to take their driving test. We did not think this was acceptable and believe you should take your test on familiar territory. Especially if your training takes place at that location. This has been happening nationwide with very poor results. Its now become,e normal to train in one town/city and then travel an hour on the test day to drive in an unfamiliar area.
We decided to invest heavily and open our own customer sites in Shrewsbury and Telford, after almost 12 months of planning, investment and certification we have been awarded test site status. This allows us to conduct tests with a DVSA examiner at our own site. The list of benefits is endless.
- Huge test availability keeping your waiting time low, the public site is often more than 10 weeks. Our site is usually less than 1 week to get a test.
- You can practice the reversing exercise on the exact same ground as you be taking your test on.
- Lessons and routes are planned so that you know exactly what to expect on the test with multiple chances to visit the test site, this is not allowed at the public sites.
- All lessons are around Shrewsbury and then you will test using the same routes.
- Training and tests in the same location, keeping costs, traveling and wasted time to a minimum.
- The facility is used for the reversing practice, coupling exercise and Mod 4 training/test. Its a safe, clean and secure environment.
The site is monitored and visited regularly by the DVSA and a DVSA examiner is present to conduct tests. This makes our standards, facilities and operation are always at the highest standards.
Government Funded Advanced Learner Loan
Advanced Learner Loan
Introduction for Advanced Learner Loan Programme
Working with Any Driver Ltd we have access to Advanced Learner Loan funding. The Advanced Learner Loans we use are exactly the same as the ones people studying at Colleges or University have access to – you might know them as Student Loans.
The Loans can be used by anyone who is aged 19 or above, has been resident in the UK for the last 3 years, has a current National Insurance number and is eligible to work in the UK. You can be employed, self-employed or unemployed and there is no credit check required.
The Loans are ONLY available to people who live in England – unfortunately we cannot offer this facility to anyone who lives in Wales.
We would like to confirm that this training is NOT free, it is a Government backed loan – you will begin to pay the loan back when you earn over £25’000 per year. The loan value is £3838.00 The Student Loan Company will notify you when you need to start making repayments and they will be taken at source, so you don’t need to do anything to arrange the repayments.
Please remember, this loan facility is accessed via Any Driver Ltd, not Dulson Training Ltd. You will receive correspondence from the Student Loan Company at various times and it will state your loan is through Any Driver Ltd.
The programme we can offer you comprises of the following:
- Level 3 Certificate in Transporting Freight by Road (NVQ)
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service (NVQ)
- On road progression training & tests for either category C or C+E (formerly known as class 2 or class 1).
The 2 NVQ qualifications will be completed side-by-side and will be done over a 14-week period – both will need to be completed before you progress to the on-road training & practical tests.
The 2 NVQ qualifications are funded via the Advanced Learner Loan – the on-road training & practical tests are paid for and delivered by Dulson Training Ltd and do NOT form any part of the Advanced Learner Loan. Whilst you are completing the NVQ qualifications, Dulson Training Ltd will arrange & pay for your medical assessment, this will be done in the 1st month so that you can apply for your provisional entitlement to drive in plenty of time. If you have already completed your medical and have your provisional entitlement, you’re good to go!
Transporting Freight by Road:
This qualification consists of 2 full days in the classroom, completing individual & group work, written work, online research & discussions. The 2 classroom days are spread over the whole course, we can even arrange weekend sessions if it is necessary, but it is essential that you attend both days. In addition, there will be a practical on-road driving session that also includes regulatory vehicle checks. The dates & times for all sessions will be agreed with you as you progress through the programme.
To complete the customer service element of the programme you will need to attend 3 half day work experience sessions in our offices. During the work experience sessions, you will be expected to get involved with talking to customers, helping to deal with queries, updating systems and working with other departments – but we will help and support you every step of the way! There is also written work that you need to complete, the workbooks will be emailed to you and you will need to complete them either in your own time or when you attend for the work experience sessions. Our NVQ co-ordinator, Ella, will be working with you during these sessions and will ensure you are on the right path at all times.
It is important to understand that these 2 qualifications will require a commitment from you – they are both A Level standard qualifications and you will need to put in the effort required to complete them. They are both extremely valuable qualifications and will make you stand out from the crowd – once you’ve completed the programme and are looking for employment within the transport industry, in addition to your Cat C or C+E licence you will also have 2 industry recognised qualifications.
On-road progression training & tests:
Once you have successfully completed the 2 NVQ qualifications Dulson Training Ltd will provide you with theory & hazard perception training materials and, when you’re ready, book and pay for your theory & hazard perception tests. Once you’ve passed those, we will arrange your in-vehicle training and, again when you’re ready, we’ll book and pay for your practical test. If you’re successful at your first attempt at the practical test, Dulson Training Ltd will then book and pay for your Module 2 & 4 driver CPC. By completing the programme, you’ll be “job ready” and able to hit the road.
We would just like to re-confirm that the on-road progression training & tests are paid for and delivered by Dulson Training Ltd and they do NOT form any part of the Advanced Learner Loan.
We hold regular enrolment days at Dulson Training Ltd, On the enrolment days we will provide further details about this program and you can enrol.
Should you decide to proceed, there is paperwork to complete along with a short online assessment of your current level in English & maths – please don’t worry, it’s not a pass or fail test! You will then apply for your Advanced Learner Loan - all of this will be done on the enrolment day.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us or if you would like to proceed we can send you some dates and more information about our enrolment days.
Interest Free Credit - 12 Months 0% APR
0% APR Finance Packages
We offer excellent 0% APR finance packages on all of our training courses. It is simple to apply and a great way to fund your training.
To apply you must have a debit/credit card and a bank or building society that can be used to set up the direct debits.
You must be at least 18 years old and a UK resident. We can check your credit rating and see if you will be approved before you commit to the training course. Once we have provisionally booked your training course you will need to arrange an appointment to visit one of our training centres and do a face to face application. This only takes about 10 minutes.
You will need to bring your payment card for the downpayment and supply us with an email address and your home addresses for the last 3 years. Someone can apply for the loan on your behalf, the loan would then be set up for that person and they would need to visit us to complete the application.
We will work through the application with you and if your credit is approved we can confirm your training course once you have paid the downpayment. We will automatically email your credit agreement and you will have a 14 day cooling off period where you can cancel your loan application.
How it works?
We will provisionally arrange dates for your training course and quote for the course. Once this has been agreed we can make an appointment to see you and complete the credit application and for you to pay the downpayment.
You will be charged a 12% application fee to set up this facility. The 12% will need to be paid when your credit is approved to complete the application process. We will set up a direct debit facility and this will be for 12 0% APR monthly payments. You can pay off the loan early with no charge. You will receive full terms and conditions when you apply for the loan.
Example of a finance package:
Training Course £1000.00
12% Application Fee £120.00 (downpayment)
Loan Amount £1000.00
12 Monthly Repayments £83.33 per month
Total Paid By You: £1120.00
If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact us.