forklift operator of the year


This year, the Talent in Logistics Award for Forklift Operator of the Year will be determined by a series of virtual competition finals in September, specially adapted to keep people socially distanced and safe.

The Forklift Operator of the Year award, delivered in partnership with UniCarriers, will be filmed and made available to watch via YouTube and social media to ensure those across the sector still have the opportunity to support their friends, family and colleagues and be part of the event. 

The virtual competition finals will take place in Telford, UK, on the 9th, 10th and 11th September. Keep up with this weeks competition finals by subscribing to the YouTube playlist here.



Due to Covid-19 the Talent in Logistics Awards this year will be a unique, online event that will be live streamed on YouTube and social media channels on Thursday 1 October 2020 between 8pm-10pm.

Regional finalists announced – 31 July

Live competitions (Being held at Telford headquarters) – September

  • North Competition – 9 September
  • Midlands Competition – 10 September
  • South Competition – 11 September
Virtual Awards night – 1 October 

Nominees must be a qualified counterbalance lift truck operator who has received training within the past three years, and must live in the UK. Please note, instructors can not enter this category.

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

2020 Online Entry
  • Nominees must complete an online questionnaire, testing theoretical knowledge.
2020 Competitions 
  • If successful after the online entry stage, nominees will be invited to participate at the live finals during September. Here they will face a number of interactive challenges where they will go head to head in demonstrating a high level of skill and safety through practical lift truck operation. (Please note that due to Covid-19 the finals will be conducted at one venue will social distancing being observed, supporters will not be able to attend and instead spectators can view online via a live stream).

2020 Awards Ceremony

  • If successful after the live final stage, the top two competitors from each region will be invited to attend the virtual Talent in Logistics Awards ceremony on 1 October 2020.

Online entry for 2020 is now closed. Entries will re-open in January 2021

This year’s Talent in Logistics Awards will be held virtually on 1st October 2020.

The top 2 competitors from each regional competition will be shortlisted as finalists.

Tickets to the awards are free and can be registered for here

For the individual 

  • Free place to attend the virtual  Talent in Logistics Awards night
  • The title of “Forklift Operator of the Year 2020”
  • Winner profile showcasing your achievements, featured online and in print
  • £1,000 worth of Love2Shop vouchers

For the employer

  • Show the sector you invest in your workforce
  • Attract new, skilled and dedicated people
  • Rise above the competition 

Online entry for 2020 is now closed. Entries will re-open in January 2021

Sponsor - UniCarriers

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

In the UK, UniCarriers is based in Thame, Oxfordshire, and is the largest in the subsidiaries. UniCarriers is totally committed to developing the most efficient and cost-effective materials handling and storage solutions for their customers. All equipment is designed and built to the highest specification in order to reduce Life Cycle Costs. As a result, UniCarriers has developed a reputation for supplying durable, reliable equipment for the most arduous of operations, providing cost-effectiveness through high efficiency and reduced downtime.

UniCarriers have a history of winning awards for their trucks and service, such as the IFOY (International Forklift Truck of the Year), Red Dot Award (product design), and TCS&D Materials Handling Supplier of the Year, and Customer Service Award.

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

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