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Skills You Need To Become A Courier / Delivery Driver

Friday, 1 February 2019 at 10:28

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The basics of working as a courier or a delivery driver aren't hard to pick up, but a decent candidate for a job in this line of work will definitely need the following attributes. Reliability, attention to detail, attention to customer service levels, geographical knowledge and, of course, a driving licence, are generally considered basic conditions for working in this industry

Becoming a delivery driver/courier will give you a greater level of freedom and flexibility, this is very appealing to some people. Some driver positions require at least six months’ experience and a driving licence with NO points.

Some employers will be very sensitive about your driving style where their company is concerned. Bad manners, aggressive driving and swearing at other drivers will not be tolerated

Courier work can cover just cities, other jobs will require knowledge of the entire UK without using a Sat Nav. Some roles will require a minimum age. Due to insurance reasons, 25 is the minimum age at Greg Paulson Same Day Couriers Ltd. An in-depth CRB (Criminal Records Board) background check is required.

Description of the role - Delivery Driver.

Couriers transport products that need an urgent delivery, usually on the same day. Among the items we regularly deliver are business or legal contracts, documents, Laptops, or fragile retail display to high street stores and Engineering machinery to oil refineries. There are also specific services to transport medical samples.

We deliver our customers consignments using various size vehicles - Small Vans / Large & Extra Large Sprinter Vans / 7.5 -tonne vehicles / 18-tonne vehicles and Artics (articulated lorry).

Couriers are required to carry out the tasks below on a daily basis.

  • Planning delivery routes.
  • Loading items carefully onto and out of the van.
  • Examining goods before loading for quantity, damages or defects.
  • Obtaining for the item upon delivery of the consignment.

Skills needed.

  • Good Maths and English skills.
  • Being honest and reliable.
  • Having a suitable level of fitness.
  • Being punctual.
  • Having competent customer service skills.
  • Good Manners.
  • A presentable appearance.
  • Having good route and geography knowledge of the UK.
  • Being proactive and self-motivated.
  • Having excellent driving skills.
  • Being able to follow strict instructions.
  • Being organised and methodical.


Being a delivery driver doesn't need any specific academic requirements for application. Applicants must be at least 25 years old for insurance purposes and have a driving licence to drive a car or a van.

Training is usually done on the job.