How to become a Forklift Truck Driver

Want a career that keeps you moving? Want to contribute to the smooth running of operations in sectors like construction, manufacturing or warehousing? A career as a forklift truck (FLT) driver might be for you!

Estimated salaries begin at £15,000 but can rise to £28,000, and career progression opportunities are varied and exciting. For the right person, and with relevant experience, they could become a shift supervisor, team leader, forklift instructor or engineer. It’s possible to move into other industries too, like construction or logistics.

What exactly does a Forklift Truck Driver do?

You’ll be forgiven for thinking FLT drivers just speed around warehouses moving goods. While that is one of their main responsibilities, they actually take on a variety of tasks that are central to the successful running of a business.

Individuals working as FLT drivers may be responsible for:

  • Loading goods onto pallets safely and securely
  • Lifting and moving pallets, using a forklift
  • Storing merchandise in the correct bays
  • Carrying out safety checks and performing minor maintenance on trucks
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work environment
  • Checking merchandise to ensure it adheres to quality control standards
What do you need to become a Forklift Truck Driver?

Forklift truck drivers don’t need formal academic qualifications, however, practical skills in English and Maths do help, as well as having the skills that help FLT drivers succeed.

Employers usually look for people who display these skills:

  • Concentration
  • Discipline
  • Calm under pressure
  • Adaptability
  • Awareness
  • Teamwork

Before forklift drivers can begin practising their trade, they need a forklift licence. Most employers usually arrange the training for this, however, there are courses available to those looking to gain their licence before starting a job. Accredited courses can be found via the Accrediting Bodies Association – Workplace Transport (ABA) website.

A lot of employers also offer apprenticeships, so depending on the industry, you could gain skills and qualifications in other areas as well as getting an FLT licence.

If you’re already an experienced forklift truck driver or are looking for a role where you can learn the trade, get in touch with our team or check out all our current vacancies.