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Forklift Job Overview The role of a forklift truck driver is important to the smooth running of many businesses. ...

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Forklift Job Overview

The role of a forklift truck driver is important to the smooth running of many businesses. Organisations rely on trained and skilled drivers to operate a forklift with a hydraulic lifting mechanism and forks to load and unload large and heavy goods from vehicles such as lorries or aircrafts. Their skills are in demand to move materials in warehouses, factories, depots, yards, ports, airports and around construction sites. Drivers provide a crucial link in a chain between groups of workers by transporting goods to other colleagues so they can get on with the next stage of work. There is scope within the profession to diversify and train to operate other specialist equipment such as pump trucks, telescopic handlers and counter-balance trucks or progress and get a forklift instructor job or team leader jobs.

Forklift Job Education Requirements

Many employers will take on forklift operators without qualifications, but prefer them to have basic English and maths, which is necessary to follow written instructions, to keep records and to work out weights and distances. Drivers should be able to do physical tasks quickly, have good coordination and must complete an approved forklift truck training course, usually provided by the employer. The minimum age to start training is 16 (18 in ports), so it is a job that applicants can do straight from school or via an apprenticeship scheme. If the job requires operating a forklift truck on a public road, a valid driving licence is required.

Forklift Job Market

Every warehouse, depot, airport or factory needs goods or materials moved from one place to another, so there is always high demand for operators with forklift jobs available in many settings.

Forklift Job Salaries

New starters can expect to earn between £11,000 and £15,000 a year and experienced operators can earn up to £21,000 a year. There are opportunities to earn more money through night shifts and overtime.

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