Forklift driver Forklift operator, forklift truck driver, forklift truck operator
Forklift drivers load and unload goods in warehouses, airports and ports.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements but GCSEs (A* to C) in English and maths and experience working in a warehouse could help you get a job.
You must be over 18 to work in a port.
You must complete forklift training, which your employer will usually arrange.
You could to get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- record-keeping skills for stock control
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- loading and unloading goods from lorries, ships or aircraft
- moving goods around a warehouse
- stacking goods in storage bays
- checking equipment
- unloading trucks by hand or packing goods
You'll need to follow health and safety instructions.
Starter: £15,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £17,000 to £26,500
You may earn extras like a bonus or shift allowance.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou'll usually work 37 to 42 hours a week. Shift work is common. You'll work indoors and outdoors in a factory, warehouse, port or airport.
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 move into industries like construction (construction plant operator) or logistics (lorry driver).
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Last updated: 13 April 2017