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How to Become a Forklift Driver in Warehousing in Ireland

Forklift Driver

Ever wondered what it takes to become a forklift driver in a warehouse? Let’s take a closer look at the duties, qualifications, and career prospects in this essential role:

Duties of a Forklift Driver:

  • Operating forklifts and other heavy machinery to move materials and products around the warehouse. These products are typically on a pallet.
  • Loading and unloading trucks,  replenishing the warehouse floor with fast-moving consumer goods, organising inventory and stacking pallets appropriately.
  • Inspecting and maintaining forklifts to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • Following safety protocols and guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace.

How to Qualify:

  • Forklift drivers typically undergo specialised training and certification to operate forklifts safely and effectively.
  • The most popular course for beginners is the 5-day novice course which covers basic operator training for the 3 most popular lift trucks in warehousing and logistics, the Counter Balance, Reach and Bendi/Narrow Aisle trucks.
  • Training programs cover topics such as forklift operation, safety procedures, and maintenance.
  • Certification is usually obtained through accredited training courses or on-the-job training provided by employers.
  • Prior experience in warehouse operations or a related field may also be beneficial for aspiring forklift drivers.

Career Prospects:

  • Forklift driving offers a stable and rewarding career path with opportunities for advancement.
  • Experienced forklift drivers may progress to supervisory or managerial roles within the warehouse.
  • Additional training and certifications, such as advanced forklift operation or specialised equipment handling, can enhance career prospects and earning potential.
  • As the demand for skilled forklift drivers continues to grow, qualified professionals can explore job opportunities in various industries, including logistics, manufacturing, and distribution.

Forklift Training Courses

  • Advanced National Training Services


Please note, if you receive a social welfare payment please contact your employment advisor as they may be able to assist with course fees.

Join Kaizen Workforce Solutions:

At Kaizen Workforce Solutions, we specialise in connecting talented individuals with rewarding career opportunities in warehouse operations, including forklift driving roles. Whether you’re an experienced forklift driver looking for your next challenge or someone interested in starting a career in warehouse logistics, we’re here to help you succeed.

If you have Forklift experience at any level, Counterbalance, Reach or Bendi but do not hold a valid, in-date license, we can speak to you about potential options. Our largest client Primeline Warehousing & Logistics in Ashbourne Co. Meath offer supports to you.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Check out our current vacancies and contact us today to learn more about our available positions and how we can support your professional growth:


Kaizen Workforce Solutions

85-86 Grafton Street

Dublin 2


P |01 6729000

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