Forklift driver Forklift operator, forklift truck driver
Forklift drivers load and unload goods in warehouses, airports and ports.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but practical skills in English and maths will help with your training. Experience working in a warehouse could also help you get a job.
You must be over 18 to work in a port.
You’ll need a forklift licence. Your employer can usually arrange training for this. The Accrediting Bodies Association - Workplace Transport (ABA) has details of members who accredit training.
Some jobs may ask for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.
You could to get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- the ability to put things in order
- accuracy and attention to detail
3. What you'll do
You could work at any site that has goods going in and out. This could be a warehouse, a storage facility, a factory, a construction site, an airport or docks.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- checking equipment daily and using it safely
- loading and unloading goods from lorries, ships or aircraft
- using radio frequency equipment to keep in touch with other staff
- manually handling goods when necessary
- stacking goods and moving them around in storage bays
- picking and packing orders
- completing paperwork for delivery notes and stock control
You'll need to follow personal and protective equipment (PPE) requirements and health and safety regulations.
Experienced: £22,000 to £28,000
You may earn extras like a bonus or shift allowance.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 40 to 48 hours a week. Shift work is common.
You'll work indoors and outdoors.
The job is physically demanding.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a shift supervisor or team leader. With further training, you could work as a forklift instructor or maintenance engineer.
You could also become a warehouse manager.
You could move into industries like construction (construction plant operator) or logistics (lorry driver).
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Last updated: 12 May 2017