If you’re considering a career as a Forklift Driver, here are a few things that you might like to know…
There are no set entry requirements to become a forklift operator
The minimum age to start training is 16
Duties can include:
- Working with various machines including counter-balance trucks, telescopic handlers, side-loading trucks and pedestrian-controlled pallet lifting equipment
- Loading and unloading goods from vehicles such as lorries or aircraft
- Moving goods packed on pallets or in crates around the storage facility
- Stacking goods in the correct storage bays
- Following stock control instructions
- Checking loads are secure
- Stacking empty pallets performing daily equipment checks, for example recharging the truck’s battery
- Helping to load and unload trucks by hand
- Other warehouse tasks like packing
The average Forklift Operator’s salary in the UK is approximately £15,000 – £17,000 per year. This can often rise to £26,000 with experience.
A normal working week would consist of between 37 and 42 hours. Shift work is common and overtime is often available.
There is usually high demand for Forklift Operators and vacancies within companies are high.
If your employer requires you to operate a forklift truck on a public road, traffic laws will apply and therefore you’ll need to hold a valid UK driving licence.
Basic Forklift Training typically last 3-5 days and usually takes place in a training centre or at your employer’s workplace also known as ‘onsite‘ (The training is where Forklift Agency can help!)
After basic training your employer may give you the chance to obtain a qualification, such as:
- Level 2 in Forklift Truck Operations
- Level 2 in Forklift Truck (Counterbalance) Operations
So, if you think that this is the career for you, Forklift Agency can help both individuals and employers with their training requirements. Simply get in touch today and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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