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There is little doubt that the UK economy is expanding. That’s a good thing, especially for logistics and materials handling industries. A case in point is a company in Aycliffe, Durham now looking to hire 680 additional staff to get them through the summer season. Among the new hires will be a team of forklift operators.

Husqvarna, the global manufacturer of household equipment including lawn mowers, has awarded their Aycliffe facility the contract to manufacture all of the robotic lawnmowers to be sold by distributors worldwide. The plant now needs the extra staff to fulfil that contract while still keeping up with normal summer demand. It will be no easy task, that much is sure. People lucky enough to land one of the seasonal positions may have an opportunity to transition into full-time employment under the right conditions.

Forklift operators hired by the company will likely need to be certified ahead of time. Although it is not clear whether Husqvarna usually handles forklift training in-house, we do not see such a training scenario being likely in light of the demands now been placed on the company. Anyone planning to apply for one of the forklift positions would do well to get his or her certificate in advance.

Training to Be a Forklift Driver

In the UK, there is no such thing as a forklift licence in the same sense that there is a licence for driving lorries and buses. However, regulations regarding workplace safety do require employers to take every reasonable step to ensure safety. Those steps include making sure forklift drivers are adequately trained. While some companies train in-house, most expect operators to receive their training prior to starting work.

The HGV Training Centre offers forklift operator training at all of our facilities nationwide. Despite our name, we are not limited only to HGV training. Our forklift training meets the high standards set forth by the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR), so employers can trust a forklift certificate with our name on it.

We offer three training options as follows:

An expanding economy means more jobs for forklift operators in the UK. Training with us means you earn a certificate that will give you an advantage over non-certified operators. Want to know more? Just call us on our freephone number.

Sources:

  1. Gazette Live – https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/business/business-news/lawnmower-factory-recruits-more-680-10832672

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