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Delivery van driver

Alternative titles for this job include Van driver, multi-drop driver, courier

Delivery van drivers collect parcels from a warehouse and deliver them to customers.

Average salary (a year)

£16,500 Starter

to

£27,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

20 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

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How to become a delivery van driver

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by applying directly.

Apprenticeship

You could do an Express Delivery Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship or an Urban Driver Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.

These apprenticeships take at least 1 year to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly to work as a delivery driver. 

Employers will expect you to have:

  • basic English and maths skills
  • a good driving record
  • the correct driving licence

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Career tips

You'll find it useful to have experience in storage, working in a warehouse or other driving work.

Further information

You can find out more about working in logistics from Generation Logistics.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

You'll need a licence for the vehicle you'll be driving and a good driving record. Your employer might supply you with a delivery van, but if you're self-employed you'll need your own vehicle.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a delivery driver you could:

  • collect items from a warehouse or pick up point
  • plan the route and load the vehicle to match this route
  • contact customers and update tracking systems and delivery records
  • make deliveries, give invoices and get customer signatures
  • record mileage and fuel and return undelivered items

Working environment

You could work from a vehicle.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • become a delivery coordinator and manage a team of delivery drivers
  • use your driving skills to work in other types of transport
  • do training to become a large goods vehicle driver and work in freight transport
  • get a Security Industry Association license and do specialist training to drive and deliver cash and high value items

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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