If you’re driving vehicles of 7.5t or above for a living, you need to keep your Driver CPC up-to-date, with 35 hours training every 5 years. Driver Hire can help.
Get in touch with us for our latest course availability.
Public Sector – Waste Disposal, Parks, Recreation, Other Operatives etc
Professional / Managers – Logistics Co-ordinators, Transport Managers etc
Depending on the needs of our customers, we also often offer an even wider range of roles in other sectors, from administration to catering.
We want to hear from you
Remember, with new opportunities coming in every day, we are always on the lookout for high quality candidates, so don’t worry if you can’t find what you are looking for here. Give us a call on 01233 662280 or call in to the office for a chat.
We’re selective about who joins our team, but if you have what it takes, our dedicated and professional team will put all their efforts into finding your ideal job.
When you create a MyDriverHire account on our website, you’ll have all the information you need about opportunities with Driver Hire at your fingertips. Apply for a job in just one click, track the jobs you’ve already applied for, and sign up for alerts, so that you’ll be first in line when your ideal job comes in.
Why work for Driver Hire?
We value the people who work for us as true professionals. We offer an attractive package, including competitive pay rates and holiday pay. You may also be offered training opportunities, uniforms and a range of other staff benefits.
We believe it’s important to offer each candidate a personal service, taking a real interest in what you want from your next career move. In 2018, over 900 people per year completed our annual candidate survey. 91% rated the respect and customer service they received from Driver Hire as good or excellent, and 94% said they felt proud to work for Driver Hire. We’ve now received similar results five years running.
Looking for a permanent job?
Many people who come to Driver Hire are ultimately looking for help in finding a permanent job. If that’s you, we’ll be delighted to help.
Trust Driver Hire
Whatever type of work you’re looking for, be it forklift truck driving or courier work, then Driver Hire is a name you can trust. We’ll help keep you up to date with all the legislative changes, so you know you’re safe and staying within the limits of the law.
Our thorough and personal interview process will help you find the driving or logistics job that is suited to your skills and lifestyle. And because Driver Hire is the UK’s leading specialist logistics recruiter, we work with some of the biggest names in the business.
For you, that means access to exciting opportunities with high quality employers.
Why come to Driver Hire?
Driver Hire is the UK’s largest specialist provider of transport and logistics staff. We have 35 years’ experience in this industry and a nationwide network of over 100 offices. Every day we help to place all kinds of drivers and a wide range of other logistics staff, such as drivers’ mates and warehouse operatives, into temporary and permanent roles with thousands of organisations nationwide.
Much more than driving
As well as supplying high quality drivers and operatives, Driver Hire offers a range of wider recruitment and training services. These include full and part time opportunities in both blue-collar and white-collar roles, Driver CPC training and online licence checking.
Finding the staff you need
We provide a full range of driving and non-driving skills to meet your needs in every situation
Public Sector – Waste Disposal, Parks, Recreation, Other Operatives etc
Professional / Managers – Logistics Co-ordinators, Transport Managers etc
Quality assured supply
Delivering the best possible service to both customers and candidates is at the heart of what we do. We conduct regular satisfaction surveys to monitor this. The most recent surveys show that over 94% of our candidates are proud to work for Driver Hire, whilst 96% of customers rated our service as good or excellent.
We recognise that we operate in an industry where even a small mistake could have serious consequences, so we are relentless in our commitment to providing fully qualified and referenced staff, and to full compliance with all relevant legislation.
All our work meets ISO9001:2015 standards and we are members of many well-respected trade bodies, including the Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association. Driver Hire is a franchise business, find out more here.
Since we are part of a genuinely nationwide network, we are able to offer a range of specialist services to customers who operate on a multi-site, regional or national basis. Simply ask us for more details.
As a Driver Hire customer you benefit from:
Genuine 24 hour, 365-day service
A nationwide network combining consistency of service with local attention to detail
Access to high quality drivers and logistics staff that are competent, assessed and fully referenced
Peace of mind – recruitment problems will not affect the efficiency of your organisation
Cost effective recruitment services for all your drivers and logistics staff
Driver Hire Ashford & Tonbridge offers a wide range of other service to meet the needs of every business, no matter how large or small. Use the navigation links to find more information about our other services.
Driver CPC Training in Ashford & Canterbury
Driver Hire is one of the UK’s leading providers of Driver CPC Training. We offer 20 different JAUPT approved course subjects with interactive and engaging content and have course satisfaction ratings of 93%* We even have FORS compliant courses for those that travel into and through London and some other areas where FORS is being introduced.
Whether you are a driver who needs to keep up to date with your 35 hours of Driver CPC Training or a company with drivers who need to undertake this, we can help you with your requirements. To find out more call us on 01233 884244 or visit our training website*Surveys conducted after completion of training
“Seb is passionate about helping people understand and resolve the issues which may hold them back in business. Having worked her whole life in business operations, in the last 15 years Seb decided to specialise in change management, compliance and training.
Her ability to establish strong relationships at every level of operations and to understand individual needs makes her a great communicator and trainer. She believes CPC Compliance Training is more than just a tick box – and adds value by not only ensuring drivers are safe and compliant, but also to support them in improving their efficiency.
Her training approach uses discussion and storytelling in engaging all participants fully. Seb is a born trainer, as even in her free time, she enjoys training others through her workshops in upcycling and painting.”
Available DCPC Modules in Ashford & Canterbury
City Driving Discussion includes:
Inner City Schemes
Vulnerable road users
Low speed manoeuvring
Parking and loading legally
Ideal training for any drivers delivering in towns and cities.
Customer Service Discussion includes:
What is customer service
Understanding the value of good customer service
Managing your customer and their expectations
Good and bad examples
Positive communication skills
Not just for drivers’ with customer facing positions, interesting debates on driving styles etc.
Dealing With On Road Occurrences Discussion includes:
Dealing with accidents and emergencies
Personal safety and security
Dealing with roadside conflict
Road related stress
Interesting discussions no matter how long you have been driving
Delivery Driving Discussion includes:
The importance of good communication
Effective route planning
Ideal training for drivers fairly new to the industry
Digital Tachograph Discussion includes:
Why it was introduced
The Vehicle unit (VU)
Mode selection and on-screen messages
Mixed tachograph operations
Useful training for seasoned and new drivers
Drivers Hours & Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations Discussion includes:
Why do we have Drivers’ Hours
The legal framework
EU Drivers’ Hours
Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations
Consequences of non compliance
Great training for newly passed drivers and drivers moving within the industry.
Emergency First Aid Incidents and accidents happen. Professional drivers may be more likely than most to come across situations where knowing the fundamentals of First Aid could make a real difference.
This course includes theory, demonstrations and hands-on practise of first aid techniques. Delegates attending this course have the option to gain a recognised First Aid qualification in addition to completing the hours for one day of DCPC Superb training for anyone, anywhere.
Introduction to Health & Safety Discussion includes:
Specifics of LOLER & PUWER
Human cost of poor H&S
Industry cost of poor H&S
Lively discussions about H&S that would interest anyone from any walk of life
Manual Handling Discussion includes:
Manual handling and the law
The cost of poor manual handling
Safe lifting techniques
On Site Health & Safety Discussion includes:
Loading bay safety
Fitness to drive
General on-site safety issues
Ideal for anyone in the industry, giving insight to topics not usually discussed
Road Traffic Law Discussion includes:
Who’s who in transport
Vehicle safety, weights and dimensions
The Highway Code
Driving licences: entitlements, renewals, restriction and offence codes
Operators Compliance Risk Score
Good training for anyone in the industry, new and old. Topics not often discussed.
Safe Loading & Unloading of Goods Vehicles Discussion includes:
Loading bay management
Handling dangerous goods
Fork lift truck safety
General safety considerations
Safe loading and the law
Great for new and experienced drivers, keep abreast of legislation
Vehicle & Personal Safety Did you know that 1 in 6 drivers in Europe have been attacked, and that 30% of these have been attacked more than once? Discussion includes:
Keeping safe and fit to drive
Smuggling and personal allowances
Preventing clandestine entrants
Mainly useful to drivers that spend nights and/or weekends away.
Vulnerable Road Users Discussion includes:
Current standards addressing Vulnerable Road Users
What hazards do they face
Driver and employers responsibilities
Vulnerable road users responsibilities
A session of lively debate, usually enjoyed by all. Relevant to ALL road users
Driving Commercially In The UK This module gives the bare essentials from all of the modules we present. (except First Aid) Driving commercially is either a peek view at what our modules are about, or a look back at what we have trained previously.
A good all round view of the transport industry. FORS accredited modules are available NOW!
Safe Urban Driving (FORS Professional)
Van Smart (FORS Professional)
Managing Work Related Road Risk In The Transport Industry (FORS Professional)
Open Courses - Choose a course and book NOW!
Call 01233 884244 to book your course
Date: Mon 08/04/2019
Modules: Driver Hours, Highway Code and Spotting Hazards
Date: Tues 09/04/2019
Modules: Road Traffic Laws, Vehicle and Personal Safety
Date: Wed 10/04/2019
Modules: Delivery Driving, Loading & Unloading
Date: Thu 11/04/2019
Modules: On Road Occurrences, Health & Safety
Date: Fri 12/04/2019
Modules: Digital Tachograph, Fuel Efficient Driving
Date: Sat 13/04/2019
Location: Sandgate, Folkestone
Modules: Commercial Driving In The Uk, Customer Service
Date: Mon 13/05/2019
Modules: Highway Code and Spotting Hazards, Driving in the UK
Date: Tue 14/05/2019
Modules: Fuel Efficiency, Drivers Hours
Date: Wed 15/05/2019
Modules: Road Traffic Law, Loading and Unloading
Date: Thu 16/05/2019
Modules: Transport & Site Health & Safety, Digital Tachograph
Date: Fri 17/05/2019
Modules: Vehicle & Personal Safety, City Driving
Every year Driver Hire finds both temporary and permanent work for thousands of candidates. This includes all driving licence categories and a wide range of other roles across the transport and logistics sector.
With 35 years’ experience, Driver Hire now provides thousands of organisations nationwide with the staff they need. Whether you need someone for just one shift or to join your team on a permanent basis, we can help.
We offer a genuine 24/7 service, 365 days a year. No matter what time of the day or night you call us, you will be able to speak directly to a member of the Ashford & Tonbridge team.
When you deal with Driver Hire – as a candidate or as an employer – you can be confident that you are dealing with the very best.
Listening is one way we make sure that you receive the highest quality of customer service so we run regular surveys to help us understand what you think – the most recent survey showed 96% of customers rated our service as good or excellent and 94% of candidates said they were proud to work for Driver Hire. The high quality standards that we offer is something we are very proud of.
Driver Hire has won a string of awards over the years, including awards for training and customer service. These include the REC’s ‘Agency Driver of the Year’ award.
Proud to Franchise
Driver Hire Ashford & Tonbridge is part of a franchise organisation. We passionately believe that franchising gives our customers and candidates the very best of both worlds. You benefit from using a locally owned and managed business – it is in our interest to succeed by giving you the best service and attention to your needs that we can.
At the same time, you benefit from the extensive experience, consistent quality standards and the support of the UK’s largest specialist transport and logistics network.
You will find us right on the roundabout at the bottom of Mace Lane coming from Ashford town centre or at the bottom of Hythe Road coming from junction 10 of the M20.
Turn into the Henwood Industrial Estate and then turn immediately right into the ATS car park. Once in the ATS car park turn right again to find our car park. If you pass the Ashford fire station you have gone too far!!
We’re a people business, and so we believe in offering a personal service. If you’re looking for work, we want to know about you, and what you’re looking for in your next role. Looking for staff? Every organisation has particular needs – we want to understand yours.
When you deal with Driver Hire Ashford & Tonbridge, here are the people who’ll be looking after you:
Andrew – Director
Hayley – Director
Paula – Senior Recruitment Consultant
Callum – Resourcer
Seb – Driver CPC Trainer
Sabrina – Recruitment Administrator
Information to help you work in a safe and compliant way.
As part of our commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards in our industry, Driver Hire provides a wide range of information to both candidates and customers. We achieve this in many ways, including our Driver CPC training programmes and eLearning, through the Code of Conduct books that are given to all candidates, and through information posters that are provided free of charge as part of our regular Newslink mailings. We hope that you will find the following resources useful.
You can set up job alerts by creating an account here. Alternatively if you prefer, you can give us a call or just pop in. Quality is at the heart of all we do so we take our candidate registration process very seriously. Before we can offer you work you will need to attend a face-to-face interview.
When you come in to see us, you will need to bring certain key information with you. You must provide your National Insurance number, bank details and another form of ID such as a passport or birth certificate. Where relevant you will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK. For driving work we need to see your original driver’s licence (both parts if a photo card) and proof of any licence upgrades you hold.
We always take up references on every candidate so please also provide phone numbers of two work related referees.
What type of work can you offer me?
We can offer you a wide range of different jobs. As well as lots of driving work, across all licence categories, we are always recruiting for many non-driving roles. Whether you are looking for part time work, a contract role or a long term career, we can help. Check out our online jobs board, phone or call in to find out more.
How old do I have to be to work as a Driver Hire driver?
We welcome candidates of all ages. Please be aware that insurance requirements for certain roles mean that an age limit may apply to that particular role.
Are all your drivers fully compliant with relevant legislation?
Nothing is more important to Driver Hire than safety and full regulatory compliance. All Driver Hire drivers have to take a 150-point competency test before they are allowed to work for us and we provide ongoing updates on new rules and regulations as they are introduced. We also have bespoke IT systems in place to monitor the work our staff do for us.
You can be confident that any member of staff you take on from Driver Hire has been fully briefed on any relevant legislation.
Can you help me out at short notice?
Absolutely. Some people say it’s what we do best. As the UK’s leading specialist supplier of transport and logistics staff, we have an extensive database of high quality candidates ready to step in and help you out.
You can call us any time of the day or night, 365 days a year and speak to a real person on the other end of the line. We know the pressures you are likely to operate under, so will take down the details of the person you need and if we can’t tell you instantly who we have available, we will get back to you within 15 minutes with a definite answer either way.
Can you help with non-driving roles?
Yes. Driver Hire is about much more than driving. We can help you find the ideal candidate for just about any role connected with the transport and logistics industry. That includes drivers of course, but also warehouse staff, operations and back office roles, plant operatives, managerial staff and much more. Check out ‘Looking for Staff’ for more information.
Do you just provide temps?
No. Our experience in the industry and our extensive candidate database means we are ideally placed to help you find long-term contract staff and of course, permanent employees. Our permanent recruitment service operates on a no success no fee basis and is backed up by generous guarantees.