Forklift Novice

Adult Skills & Training

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Course introduction

You can gain the knowledge and skills to operate a forklift truck at work, opening doors to new job roles and higher pay, thanks to this programme.

At the end of the four-day theory course you will undergo a formal written test on all theoretical areas covered. You will then complete a five-day course of practical training and assessment to gain your licence.

Course structure

As a learner you will work towards the following qualifications:

  •  Health and Safety in the Workplace - Level 2
  • Forklift Operatives’ Training – Counterbalance
  • City and Guilds Employability Skills

 Training will include:

  • Understanding the risks involved in operating a forklift truck.
  • Learning the legal requirements associated with forklift truck operations.
  • Identifying the basic construction, purpose, function and controls of a truck.
  • Gaining the knowledge for undertaking pre-use and running checks.
  • Driving the truck with and without loads, ensuring stability and control.
  • Setting up and lifting various loads within the full working range of a truck.
  • Placing and retrieving loads accurately, including on a vehicle bed or trailer.
  • Placing the truck in and out of service condition.                                                                                                                                                            

Information & support


  • Must have ID (Passport / Driving licence / Birth certificate).
  • Must be unemployed and claiming benefits (JSA / ESA / UC / IS).
  • Must complete a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Individual support with:

  • Job search and applications
  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation and practice


Nine days

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