Forklift Truck Operator

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A forklift truck operator uses a forklift truck to load, unload, move and stack heavy goods which are stored on wooden trays or pallets or in wire cages, or to move materials around construction sites.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2017 the National Minimum Wage is £5.60 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.05 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over.

With experience this can increase to around £14.00 an hour or more, if operating certain types of forklift truck.


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What Does it Take?

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You should have:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Fork Lift Truck Association
Tel: 01635 277577
Twitter: @theflta

Skills for Logistics
Tel: 01179 278807
Twitter: @skill_logistics

Skills for Logistics is a not-for-profit organisation which is committed to providing employers, training providers, individuals, policy makers and key organisations with consultancy, information and advice on skills development, training and sector intelligence.

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