Forklift Drivers move loads to and from different locations.
The Role
  • Loading and unloading materials from a variety of vehicles
  • Moving pallet-packed materials around the site or storage facility
  • Checking loads are secure
  • Performing equipment checks and basic maintenance
  • Following written instructions and keeping records
  • Adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Completing physical tasks quickly and accurately
  • In a full-time position, Forklift Drivers usually work between 37 and 42 hours per week
  • Shift work can be necessary and overtime may often be available
  • Trainee and newly trained Forklift Drivers can earn in the region of £17,000 to £20,000
  • Trained with experience Forklift Drivers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £30,000
  • More experienced Forklift Drivers may earn in excess of £30,000 with overtime or shift work allowances enhancing basic earnings
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Although no formal entry qualifications are required to become a Forklift Driver, it is generally recommended to achieve four GCSEs, including maths and English, at grade 4 (C) or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. Approved forklift training must be completed before operating a forklift vehicle. Basic training is often provided by an employer and would take place at either a training centre or on site. After basic training, there may be the opportunity to attend further forklift training courses.