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Forklift driver Forklift operator, forklift truck driver, forklift truck operator

Forklift drivers load and unload goods in warehouses, airports and ports.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £26,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 45 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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.

4. Salary

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 environment

You'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