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If you’re looking for a change of job, a forklift course could be the best option for you. Not only are there always plenty of jobs in this field all over the country, but you can also find plenty of variety within the sector. There are many different types of forklift, and many different environments in which they are used, so you can choose whether you work in retail, construction or public realm maintenance as well as which kind of machine you operate for a living.

Here are some of the most common types of forklift training you can do, and why you might choose each one.

Warehouse Forklifts

Let’s begin with warehouses. These are indoor environments with lots of shelving racks where items are stored. These items are usually in the form of palettes, and a driver will need to be able to use machines that can move these palettes safely on and off shelving racks no matter how high the item or how heavy it might be. Operators need to be able to do this safely and quickly, and to move around warehouses responsibly too. Let’s look at two of the most common types of forklift you can train on in these environments.

1.  Counterbalance Forklift

The most common and well-known type of forklift is the counterbalance forklift. It has a weight on the back which helps to keep it steady while reaching for items in warehouses. It’s essential for retail and other places where warehouses are a key storage facility. It’s small and agile enough to get right up to shelving racks, saving space so even more items can be stored. You might drive one of these forklifts indoors or outdoors, and can expect to earn a starting salary of around £20,000 per year.

2.  Reach Forklift

The other popular forklift alongside a counterbalance is a reach forklift. This is particularly useful in environments where shelving is deep and high, and where floor space is limited, because this truck can ‘reach’ into shelving without needing a lot of space on the ground to do so. Again, you can expect to earn around £20,000 per year if you train on this particular machine.


Construction forklifts

A construction site is very different to a warehouse. Usually you will be outdoors, and will have to deal with rough terrain and a more unpredictable environment. Work in construction is, for these reasons, usually higher paid, and the machinery is more complex. These are two of the machines you might commonly find in construction.

1.  Telescopic Handler

These machines are the most difficult to learn how to operate, but we can train you on even these machines quickly and safely. Telescopic handlers are usually used in agriculture and in construction, so if either of these working environments is up your street then this could be the machine for you. Because it’s the hardest to learn, it can also be one of the better paid options, with salaries averaging at around £30,000 per year.

2.  360 Excavator

This type of vehicle does exactly what you might think. It has a 360 degree rotation capability, and it has an excavating arm, so it’s used in outdoor construction. It’s one of the higher paid machines to operate, and you can earn more than £31,000 per year if you can safely and effectively use one of these.

These are far from the only machines you can train on, and we have a wealth of information about different types of forklift vehicles that do different jobs. One of our friendly team will be able to talk you through your options if you’re not sure what’s right for you, and you can be operating the forklift of your choice – and being paid for it – in a matter of weeks.


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