August 27, 2018 / News
Forklift driving is a valuable skill that can open up the doors to a variety of job opportunities, across an array of industries. Forklift driving is a sought after skill in mining, construction, retail, warehousing, and so on.
Forklift drivers play an integral part in facilitating smooth stock management, and the seamless operations of the warehouse.
Due to the wide applicability of forklift driving and the necessary function it plays, forklift driving roles tend to be fairly available.
The main duties that forklift drivers have, include:
- Unloading items from incoming vehicles and transporting to their designated areas
- Locating stock and moving it for storage or to production workstations for processing and dispatch
- Inspecting machinery and performing regular maintenance/repairs
- Updating records of inventory and activity logs
- Using computerised monitoring equipment to observe equipment operation
- Maintaining a safe and orderly work environment
LF & LO Forklift Driving Licences
In the realm of forklift driving, there are two types of licences you can acquire - LO & LF. There are different licences, as they authorise you to operate different kinds of vehicles.
An LO licence qualifies you to only operate a load-shifting order picker and a 'turret truck', which is also referred to as a VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) truck.
On an LO picking truck, the driver is required to wear a harness as they are raised or lowered in order to pick the stock that is required.
Whereas, an LF Licence qualifies you to operate any other forklift vehicle that isn't specifically classified under the LO licence. Forklift vehicles that fall under the LF category are usually controlled from the driver's seat, and used to transport heavy loads or several items at once.
So, which licence should you get?
The natural choice for people looking to get a forklift licence is to go with an LF licence as it allows you to drive a greater range of vehicles. This may improve your job prospects and help get you placed in a position faster. LF licences are often required in manufacturing, logistics and construction.
Since, LO licences enable you to operate load-shifting order pickers and 'turret trucks', an LO licence will allow you to be apply for forklift driving roles in warehouses. This is because these vehicles enable workers to retrieve items from the tall shelves that are in warehouses.
Having both a LF and LO licence would be the most beneficial, since it would make you eligible for basically all available forklift driving opportunities.
How Do You Get A LF and/or LO Licence?
To acquire a LF or LO Licence, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Successfully complete and pass a LF and/or LO training course conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
- Proficient enough at English that enables the safe execution of high risk work
For the full requirements in NSW, click here.
It is important to note that the requirements may vary between states and territories, so it is important to make sure that you look up the specific requirements for your state/territory.
What Other Skills Do You Need?
To be employed as a forklift driver in NSW, it is mandatory for them to possess the appropriate forklift licence.
Aside from meeting this basic requirement, other skills and experiences may help to boost your application and make you more suitable for the role.
Other complementary skills would be:
- Computer skills
- Previous experience in Warehousing (e.g. pick packing)
- RF Scanning experience
- Attention to detail
- Customer service
- Time management
- Physical fitness
- Can do attitude
- Safety minded
These skills will help to distinguish you from the other applicants and help paint you as the ideal candidate for the role.
Forklift Driving Jobs In Sydney
In Sydney, there has recently been an increase in forklift driving positions. A significant portion of this demand has risen from warehouses and manufacturing companies gearing up for the holiday season. Warehouses and manufacturing companies are subject to fluctuating demand, and the end of the year tends to be a busier period for business.
Forklift drivers are integral in the efficient running of a warehouse, especially under this added workload. With an abundance of forklift positions currently in the job market, now is a good time to look for a forklift driving position in NSW and the Sydney area.
If you have the relevant qualifications and would like to apply for a forklift driving position, contact Workfast Labour Hire! We’ll happily assist you in finding a role that is best-suited to to your skills, qualifications and experiences.Give us a call on 1300 824 403 or sign up for free on our website today!