Forklift operator training

We offer a full range of Forklift training courses for all types of forklifts for industrial and plant lifting. Our fully accredited courses provide Forklift certification through a high standard of training, conducted at our on-site facility or at your own commercial premises.

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We provide training for the following vehicles


  • Reach trucks

    Reach trucks are designed for efficient use in narrow aisles, with extending forks that can reach into storage areas. Their compact size and ability to extend vertically make them ideal for warehouses with high shelving. With precise controls, they offer manoeuvrability and stability, allowing operators to navigate tight spaces with ease while lifting and transporting loads.

  • Counterbalance Forklift trucks

    Counterbalance forklift trucks are the workhorses of warehouses, featuring a weight at the rear to counterbalance the load in the front. This design enables them to lift heavy loads without tipping forward. With their straightforward operation and sturdy build, they are versatile machines suitable for a wide range of applications, from loading and unloading pallets to transporting goods across the warehouse floor.

  • Pivot Steer / Articulated trucks

    Pivot steer, or articulated trucks, are characterised by their unique design, with a joint in the middle that allows the vehicle to bend in the middle. This articulation enables them to manoeuvre around tight corners and obstacles with exceptional agility, making them perfect for navigating confined spaces. With their ability to work in narrow aisles and their impressive lifting capacity, they are well-suited for warehouses where space is at a premium.

  • Man Up / Narrow Aisle trucks

    Man up, or narrow aisle trucks, are specially designed for use in warehouses with narrow aisles where space is limited. These trucks feature an operator platform that elevates with the load, allowing operators to access high-level storage efficiently. With their compact size and precise controls, they offer versatility and productivity in tight spaces, enabling operators to maximise storage capacity while maintaining efficiency in their operations.

  • Pedestrian Pallet trucks

    Pedestrian pallet trucks, also known as walkie pallet jacks, are manually operated machines used for moving palletized loads over short distances. They are simple to operate, with a handle for steering and a set of forks for lifting pallets. Ideal for small warehouses or retail environments, pedestrian pallet trucks offer convenience and ease of use for tasks such as stocking shelves, loading trucks, or moving goods around the facility.

Training for all skill levels

We offer novice and refresher training, as well as training for experienced Forklift drivers wishing to convert their skills

For those with little or no driving experience using any trucks, our high standard of training will provide you with the essential skills you need to operate a forklift

3 day course
Refresher training
If you are a qualified driver and want to renew your skills, our refresher training will provide the adequate training you need to operate a forklift safely and efficiently

1 day course
Are you an experienced driver wanting to transfer your skills?
Our fully accredited personnel will provide you with the counterbalance forklift truck training you need

1 day course
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Accredited courses, accredited trainers

All training is undertaken by fully accredited personnel at our on-site training center or at your own premises.


All courses include

  • The theory and practical skills required to safely and efficiently operate forklift trucks
  • Introduction to any new legislation in safe working practices
  • Correction of faults in truck operation and stacking/racking procedures
  • Operators safety code
  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
  • Daily/pre-shift inspection and maintenance
  • Low level, Eye level and High level racking
  • Practical and Theoretical test


Group Booking

We are also able to provide Forklift operator training for group bookings.

Please contact our driver training department for further information.


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Fantastic service and very helpful
Jonathan Mitchell
For all those who are considering their HGV licence, look no further than Mcdowells. Tony made me feel welcomed & comfortable from day one
Tom Lister

Take the first step to improving your career


Expand your employment opportunities within warehousing and the haulage industry with your forklift certification provided by Certified personnel

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Approved Accreditations & Certifications

RTITB Accredited - ABA Workplace Transport