Forklift driver

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Forklift operator, forklift truck driver

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

Salary range: £18,000 to £27,000

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How to become a forklift driver

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 Award or Certificate in Forklift Truck Operations.

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a supply chain warehouse operative intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. Some employers may ask for GCSEs, including English and maths.

You’ll have an advantage if you’ve got a forklift training certificate, though your employer may put you through training to get one when you start work.

Experience of loading and unloading goods and materials in a warehouse, in freight transport or on a building site would be useful.

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Registration

Career tips

Make sure you get a copy of your forklift training certificate so you can use it for job applications. Unlike a driving licence, no forklift licence is issued.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a forklift driver in construction from Go Construct.

You can find details of approved forklift training providers through the Accrediting Bodies Association – Workplace Transport.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a port, on a construction site, at an airport, in a warehouse or in a factory.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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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).