Before you can drive a forklift truck ( FLT ) you do need to undertake an approved training course.  When working in the warehousing and storage industry it is advantageous to hold a licence as it is a bonus to any employer. Forklift Truck drivers are needed in many areas of industry for example airports, ship yards, shops, factories and ports to name but a few. A licensed driver is an integral part of the distribution trade moving freight from loading bays to warehouse storage areas. In addition it is a responsible position as once stored the driver needs to keep account of inventories of stock which has been delivered.

There are many types of forklift truck drivers depending on what particular industry you are working in but there are several features that apply to all drivers.  Mainly minor repairs and general maintenance of the truck, loading and unloading pallets or crates, some warehouse duties and logging merchandise. This variety means duties are varied and interesting becoming part of a team that keeps industry moving.

The main reason for undertaking this training is employability. This licence can make you more versatile and more attractive as a future employee and could lead to better rates of pay and a more financially secure future. Reviewing employment websites, such as Reed or Indeed, it is noticeable that there are many forklift truck positions available all over the UK for people with approved licences. This shows that this qualification is beneficial and transferable allowing the holder flexibility as to where in the Country to work.

A forklift truck licence is a valuable asset to you and your future or present employer and can be completed in a week. This can allow you to become qualified in no time and no previous qualifications are necessary.  It is essential that you attend refresher courses, usually about every three years.  Employers usually arrange this but it is up to the individual company and their policy together with any new forklift technology which may be developed.

The training involves a written test and a practical test.  You will cover general but basic maintenance for example the changing of batteries, minor repairs and become familiar with the checklist of points that needs to be done before you use the vehicle. The written test involves scenarios; what to do next, but this can be researched on line before the test commences. The most important part of the training is safety and this will be applied in both the written and practical training. This training is thorough, quick, interesting and very worthwhile.

If you would like to take a forklift course we can offer counterbalance, reach truck, BENDI (Pivot Steer), Verry Narrow Aisle (VNA) trucks, telescopic, cherry pickers and more.  Our training centre is based in Widnes, Cheshire at the end of the M57 less than 5 minutes away from Liverpool John Lennnon Airport.  We are easily commutable from Liverpool, St Helens, Warrington, Chester and Manchester.

Whether you are an individual looking for a novice course or a company looking to put your staff through refreshers get in touch for a quote.


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