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Forklift Drivers move loads to and from different locations.
Average salaries are in the region of £16,000.00 to £23,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
A Forklift Driver move loads to and from different locations.
From moving materials on pallets to positioning loads at various points on a construction site, Forklift Divers are able to complete physical tasks quickly and accurately.
Whether driving counterbalance forklifts or using telescopic handlers, Forklift Drivers are expected to manoeuvre a range of machinery.
Forklift Drivers also need to be able to judge measurements such as weights. Equipped with a load chart or a computerised sensor system, Forklift Drivers can determine whether a given task is possible by taking weight, height and boom angle into consideration.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
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.
Although 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 C or above, or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.
While experience as a Forklift Driver may not always be necessary, many employers will value some construction site work experience.
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. The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides the opportunity to gain industry-recognised Trained or Competent Operator Cards.
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