The demand for forklift drivers is greater right now than it ever has been. There’s great variety too in the locations you might work – from depots, warehouses and yards to ports and airports.
So how do you go about becoming certified as a forklift driver and find work?
First of all, it should be said that there is no ‘forklift licence’ as such, but the certificate gained for passing a course will be referred to commonly as that. The training will put you in good stead for a forklift driving job and ensure that you can operate heavy machinery within the guidelines required by UK Health & Safety.
Your training must be done with an accredited training provider. These are as follows:
Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) – www.rtitb.co.uk
Access House, Halesfield 17, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4PW
Tel: 01952 520200 Fax: 01952 520201 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR) – www.itssar.org.uk
Armstrong House, 28 Broad Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AB
Tel: 0118 989 3229 Fax: 0118 979 6058 Email: email@example.com
Construction Industry Training Board, (CITB) – www.constructionskills.co.uk
Bircham Newton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6RH
Construction Plan Competence Scheme (CPC) Tel: 0870 417 7274
Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) – www.aitt.co.uk
Unit 20, The Springboard Centre, Mantle Lane, Coalville, Leics, LE67 3DW
Tel: 01530 277857 Fax: 01530 810231
Lantra National Training Organisation Ltd. – www.lantra-awards.co.uk
Lantra House, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Tel: 024 7669 6996 Fax: 024 7669 6732 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of attending a course will depend on your experience, the number of people co-attending and where you are in the country. Typically, you can expect to pay from £100 for refresher training to £750 for beginners. You may have to pay for this yourself unless you are on a company training scheme. Courses are open to anyone over 16 years of age and take between 1 and 5 days to complete. Check details with the individual training providers.
So, once you’re in possession of your ‘licence’, how much will you be paid? This figure will go up with experience and knowledge of different types of trucks and loads, but expect to earn somewhere close to £24k per year. You might even expect to earn a salary of £35k in London.
If you’re thinking of training or you’re ready to go, come see us. We specialise in finding certified drivers forklift jobs.