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11 months ago by Graeme Doyle

Further Your Career with Free Forklift Training

Free Warehouse Forklift Training Courses

​Warehouse jobs are crucial to the manufacturing industry, and there is always demand for skilled warehouse operatives, making it a great sector to look for work in.

To help candidates gain the skills and knowledge needed to secure their next job, we’ve partnered with logistics training provider, System Group to offer up to 100 fully funded warehouse and forklift training courses to businesses throughout the UK.

Whether you’re looking to offer new training courses for your staff, or you want to apply for an industrial job with a company that offers great training opportunities, we can help.

Warehouse Operative Apprenticeships

If you’re looking to apply for one of your first warehouse jobs, one of the courses our client companies can offer is the Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship.

To secure a warehouse apprenticeship, you will need to successfully apply to work with one of our industrial clients that is offering the course. The apprenticeship will typically last for 12 months.

The course will be fully funded by TLP, so whether you’re a candidate looking to learn, or a business offering the course, you don’t need to worry about paying for training.

What will you learn?

Your apprenticeship will arm you with all the skills and experience needed to work in a warehouse environment. You’ll be involved in a variety of activities, including:

  • Taking deliveries

  • Checking for damaged/missed items

  • Storing goods

  • Moving stock

  • Picking and packing orders

  • Loading and unloading

  • Maintaining stock records

You will use a range of equipment and vehicles, which may include mechanical racking systems, materials handling equipment (MHE) and forklift truck training.

What will you achieve?

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will have achieved a level 2 qualification, and depending on your role, you may also have earned a forklift licence. You will also have gained valuable experience of working in a warehouse.

If you’d like to start offering warehouse apprenticeships in your business, get in touch for more information. Or if you’re looking for a job, give us a call to find out which employers have already signed up!

SWAP Training

We are also offering opportunities for UK businesses to train and up-skill new warehouse operatives and forklift drivers through our Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP).

Our SWAP training is available to businesses that are looking to hire multiple warehouse operatives at one time. The course is then offered to individuals who may have previous experience of working in a warehouse environment, but who require further training to meet the requirements of the job.

How does it work?

Ideal for warehouse duties, our SWAP scheme is short-term pre-employment training, which typically lasts between 8 and 12 weeks.

The training course gives you the valuable skills needed in a range of industrial jobs prior to becoming employed. SWAP is ideal for warehouse staff who are looking to learn new skills. For example, SWAP is a great option for candidates who are looking to get a forklift licence.

SWAP is fully funded by TLP, and upon successful completion, you are guaranteed a job interview with one of our warehouse & industrial clients.

What will you learn?

During the course, you will be given training on the following key areas:

  • Health and safety

  • Warehousing & storage

  • Forklift truck operations

What will you achieve?

On successful completion of your warehouse SWAP training, you will be awarded a Forklift Operator Certificate (also referred to as the Forklift Licence). Your forklift certificate will last for three years after which you will need to renew it.

If you are interested in finding out more about our forklift licence and training opportunities, please contact your nearest TLP office for more information.

How to Get a Forklift Licence

To be eligible for forklift training, you must be over the age of 16.

However, 16 year olds may only operate a forklift in non-hazardous workplaces, such as warehouses and logistics companies. If you will be working in more hazardous environments such as ports and docks, you must be over the age of 18.

To become a forklift driver, you should:

  • Consider what types of work you would like to do, and the type of lift vehicle you want to operate.

  • Register with an accredited training provider (such as our training partner, System Group)

  • Complete a theory test

  • Complete a practical test

Getting a forklift licence can cost anywhere from £100 to £750 for new learners, so our free forklift training courses are a great opportunity.

If you’re looking for a new job and are interested in our up-skill opportunities, or if you’d like to start offering warehouse & forklift training in your business, get in touch today.