Forklift Driver

Forklift Driver

Forklift Drivers move loads to and from different locations.


The Role

  • Loading and unloading materials from a variety of vehicles
  • Moving pallet-packed materials around the site or storage facility
  • Checking loads are secure
  • Performing equipment checks and basic maintenance
  • Following written instructions and keeping records
  • Adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Completing physical tasks quickly and accurately
  • 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

Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained Forklift Drivers can earn in the region of £12,000 to £15,000
  • Trained with experience Forklift Drivers can earn in the region of £16,000 to £23,000
  • More experienced Forklift Drivers may earn in excess of £23,000 with overtime or shift work allowances enhancing basic earnings

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


Qualifications and Training

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.

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.


Vacancies

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Find out more

For information on the Forklift Driver role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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