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A shunter driver is responsible for the safe movement of vehicles on construction sites. This could include large goods vehicles (LGVs) or trailer units, and can involve manoeuvring goods around site, into storage or loading bays, or to be picked up by other workers.
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There are no formal qualifications required to become a shunter driver, however you could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply to an employer directly for this role.
You must hold a full UK driving licence and may also be required to hold an LGV C+E licence.
You should explore these routes to become a shunter driver to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a Level 2 Certificate in Construction Plant Operations or a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment to help you become a shunter driver.
An apprenticeship with a construction firm is a good way into the industry.
You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship as a plant operator, or an NVQ/SVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations to start you on your journey to becoming a shunter driver. An intermediate apprenticeship takes around two years to complete.
You might need 2 - 3 GCSEs (including English and maths) or equivalent, to do an apprenticeship, but not all employers ask for formal qualifications.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain on-site experience as a shunter driver. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced shunter driver and progress as your abilities improve. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a shunter driver. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a shunter driver include:
As a shunter driver, you’ll be responsible for the safe movement of large vehicles and trailers around sites. This can vary between construction sites, shipping yards, loading docks, or more.
The job role of a shunter driver involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a shunter driver varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a shunter driver, you could progress your skills to become a forklift driver, HGV driver, or banksman.