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    Hey, I know one of you does this for a living.. I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I have been offered a free fork lift truck license by mine very own local government as a scheme to get me into more full time work because as it is I tend to work casual adhoc. I was wondering though, is there a specific type of Fork lift truck license that is in demand or is preferable, because I know there are variations.
    Last edited by Boa; 05-12-17, 03:53.

  • #2
    Most places use counter balance, but there is still a fair few use reach, when I did mine I actually got a call a few weeks after saying they had found funding to put me through the second one, so you may be able to wangle both.

    But then most places still won't touch you without a years experience, so may end up having to use agencies to get the experience.


    • #3
      I don't mind using agencies I tend to see a lot of vacancies where they want an FLT license, sometimes it's just the same type of job as everyone else in the factory/warehouse, they just want someone who has a license just in case. I'll see how it goes anyway, need to sort the training out first.


      • #4
        to elaborate now I'm at my PC, two main types of fork lift are counterbalance and reach (is other shit like telehandlers but they are somewhat specialised) counterbalance is the main truck you see in places with forks at the front and a weight at the back, they get used most as they can be driven over rougher ground and generally lift more, the other type is reach trucks they sent to load from the side and mover the forks/mast in and out from the body, they generally only get used in really tight warehouses as they can operate in a smaller space but due to how they are built they can generally lift less and dont do so well off the pristine warehouse floor. it's why most jobs are just counterbalance as they are more one size fits nearly everything.

        the thing to watch with a lot of the jobs advertised if you go through them the vast majority will be the same few agencies advertising jobs that don't even exist, they just want you on their books so it looks like they are getting people work and generally the agencies doing that type of advertising are shit because they just want full books they don't care about getting everyone work.

        as for warehousing and need a FLT licence you will find it's pretty much never a case of just have people with one, most warehouses and yards you can't do much without one, hell I worked at a different builders yard for a week while I was on the agency, they actively told you not to lift and carry anything and everything had to be brought to the van by forklift, it was quite ridiculous really, but it's the way a lot of firms are going as they don't want to pay out to injured workers.


        • #5
          Pfft, more qualifications are always a good thing. Even if it doesn't lead to a job in Forklifting, any potential employer observes someone willing to learn and applying themselves rather than sitting on their arse watching daytime TV.


          • #6
            Depending on the testing body stuff like fork lift can last as little as 3 years. It's the same with my hiab I need to do a refresher course every 3 years even if I'm doing it everyday.


            • #7
              Yeah, you need to refresh most of these licenses every few years which is pretty annoying it's the same with security, Labouring, first aid etc.. it's all just a money-making scheme. I'm going to learn counterbalance, reach and MEWP scissor lift whatever the fuck that is, sounds like a gymnastics move.
              Last edited by Boa; 07-12-17, 16:37.


              • #8
                scissor lifts are fun, but I still prefer to play with diggers.