Could it be you?

Could you or one of your operators be Talent in Logistics’ next Forklift Operator of the Year?

Forklift operators have a challenging role – it is generally fast paced and requires high levels of concentration. Without their skills, accuracy, and professionalism how would we as an industry load and unload the goods passing through our organisations?



Entry process

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Nominees must be a qualified counterbalance lift truck operator who has received training within the past three years, and must live in the UK.

Nominees can enter themselves, with a referee, or be entered by their trainer or manager.

The nominee should demonstrate a high level of skill, safety, and efficiency.

Once the online entry is submitted, independently qualified judges will whittle down the nominees into a shortlist. If successful, these shortlisted entrants will be invited to a live heats stage during 5th, 6th and 7th April 2019. Those successful at this stage will be invited to the live grand final which takes place during the Talent in Logistics Annual Conference on Thursday 27th June 2019.

There they will face a number of challenges where they will go head to head in demonstrating a high level of skill and safety through demonstration of both underpinning knowledge and practical lift truck operation.


Entries should be no more than 200 words in total. Although not a specific requirement, you can attach up to three supporting documents to support your entry; such as testimonials, videos, useful links, product/service information sheets, or tables/graphs.

Some things to bear in mind when drafting your entry:

  • Show how the nominee demonstrates high levels of skill and ability
  • Explain how the nominee commits to safety and compliance
  • Include any other qualities make the nominee stand out.

Click to download an entry form

Sponsor - UniCarriers

For the third year in succession, lift truck manufacturer UniCarriers will sponsor the Forklift Operator of the Year.

UniCarriers are part of the World’s 3rd largest materials handling company, Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. Ltd and are owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

UniCarriers are a well-established materials handling equipment provider with over 50 years’ experience of supplying new counterbalance and warehouse trucks into the UK market. Originated in 1969, as Atlet Limited, UniCarriers have developed a nationwide direct service organisation supporting businesses in both manufacturing and distribution industries. The UniCarriers Group was created in 2011 following the merger of three brands with a long and respected industry heritage: Nissan Forklift, TCM and Atlet.