£17,000 Starter - £30,000 Experienced
44 to 46 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 Award or Certificate in Forklift Truck Operations.mYou may need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
You can get into this role through a supply chain warehouse operative Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can apply directly for jobs. Some employers may ask for GCSEs, including English and maths.
You'll have an advantage if you've got a forklift training certificate, though your employer may put you through training to get one when you start work.
Experience of loading and unloading goods and materials in a warehouse, in freight transport or on a building site would be useful.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site. Make sure you get a copy of your forklift training certificate so you can use it for job applications. Unlike a driving licence, no forklift licence is issued.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of public safety and security
- concentration skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
In this role you could:
- check equipment daily and use it safely
- load and unload goods from lorries, ships or aircraft
- use radio frequency equipment to keep in touch with other staff
- manually handle goods
- when necessary
stack goods and move them around in storage bays
- pick and pack orders
- complete paperwork for delivery notes and stock control
You could work at a port, on a construction site, at an airport, in a warehouse or in a factory.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a shift supervisor or team leader. With further training, you could work as a forklift instructor or maintenance engineer.
You could also become a warehouse manager.
You could move into industries like construction (construction plant operator) or logistics (lorry driver).