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What do I need to be a Forklift Driver

Want to be a Forklift Driver?

So, you are looking at becoming a forklift driver, not a problem!

Here is some of the information you will require before going in any deeper.

The Basics

First of all, you need to be at least 16 years old. If the forklift truck is to be operated on any public highways, then a driving licence is also required.

Forklift Licence

Did you know that there is no such thing as a Forklift Licence?

However, it is the employers duty to ensure that adequate training is carried out on all employees before they operate the machinery.

There are no set requirement to become an operator of a Forklift Truck, but everyone must understand that a Forklift is extremely dangerous and safe use is advised at all times.

Main duties of a Forklift Operator

Forklift Drivers Average Salary

Forklift Operators in the United Kingdom, should expect between £18,000 and £22,000 per annum. This can rise to £26,000 to £28,000 with experience. This is correct as of 21st April 2021.

Expected Hours

A Forklift Operator should expect to work anywhere between 35 and 42 hours a week. Shift work is common and some organisations operate 12 hour shifts.

Training Providers

Your employer will use a forklift training provider in the UK, these are generally onsite at your work’s premises. This is ideal as the training takes place in familiar surroundings and using trucks that will be used within your role, it is often cheaper than a Forklift Training Centre.

Forklift Training Centres is the alternative, your employer could send you to one of these and there are lots of them up and down the UK. However they can work out more expensive than on-site forklift training.


Forklift Training costs can vary, many employers use on-site forklift training providers as it can work out cheaper than a training centre. However, there are many people out there who want a change of career or even unemployed who want to become a forklift operator, they can self fund or maybe apply for a training grant, although the latter is rare now.

Costs can differ depending on level of experience, but tends to take 3-5 days depending on how many people are on the course, usually a maximum of 3 per forklift instructor. For moe information on costs, please complete the form at the bottom of this page or call us on 0330 330 9495.

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