Forklift Drivers move loads to and from different locations.
- 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
Qualifications & TrainingAlthough 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.