It all starts with a great team

Our success – and our customers’ trust – relies on having brilliant people in every department. So we set our standards high, and reward our people for a job well done.

As part of our team, you’ll benefit from a competitive salary, ample annual leave, a generous company pension scheme, life assurance, healthcare and ongoing, high-quality accredited training – so we’ll look after you now and for years to come.

We’re proud to say our people tend to stay with us – our engineering team alone has over 250 years’ combined service. HFT is a family business established over 35 years ago, by joining us you become part of the family.



Opportunity to join our successful, highly regarded Operator Training team.

We’re looking for someone who can provide high quality, professional and impartial tuition & examination on a wide range of material handling equipment and a variety of safe operation courses. Providing training either from our bespoke Operator Training Centre in Hereford - an AITT Centre of Excellence - or on customer sites nationwide, your priority will be ensuring delegates are trained in the highest levels of safe operation while getting the best performance from the equipment.  

Essential Qualification: Lift truck operator certificate & relevant experience.

Desired Qualification: CAT 1 and/or CAT 4 Instructor Certificate (training will be provided to suitable candidates who hold the essential qualification).

Email your CV here.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Service Engineer who will be supporting our customer sites.  Our team of Service Engineers work with us as they enjoy the day to day challenges that they are met with and value their ability to work as part of a supported, self reliant and self motivated team in a family run business.  They feel valued and stable and as a result of this, they are able to adapt to various tasks throughout their working day and are accepting to changes within the workplace.

What we are looking for in a Field Service Engineer:

Ideally you will hold a formal qualification such as NVQ and/or City and Guilds, and will have experience of working in the forklift industry.  Alternatively you may be working with agricultural & plant machinery or mechanical engineering & motor vehicles and are looking for a fresh new challenge.  We are seeking a proactive and driven individual with excellent communication skills with a positive can do attitude. 

You will be responsible for providing an efficient and effective quality of service reporting directly to the Operations Manager.

You will ensure that service and repairs are completed to the satisfaction of the customer in and effective and efficient manner.  You will be highly organised and hold excellent time management skills.

Health Care package

25 days annual leave

40 hours week contract

General Main Duties include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Carry out Servicing, breakdowns and preventive maintenance in the most efficient and cost effective  manner on behalf of HFT and the Customer
  • Repair, test, calibrate
  • Provide on-site technical support to clients as required
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems
  • Be able to fault find
  • Build relations and offer excellent customer service
  • Maintain company assigned vehicle, tools, and test equipment in satisfactory conditions
  • Adhere to company guidelines regarding safety procedures
  • Ensure all documentations and records relating to service/ repairs are completed and in accordance with HFT Procedures
  • Ensure efficient completion of tasks  assigned by Engineer Coordinator & Operations manager in allocated time provided
  • Work with Customer support Team to meet scheduled/committed activity & Ensure standards and commitments are maintained and upheld
  • Attend regular training courses as required and determined by Operations Manager



The skill and knowledge of our team is our greatest asset and passing this onto future generations is the way to guarantee that we can continue to maintain our levels of service and ingenuity. Apprenticeships are at our very core, with 50% of our board members having started as apprentices as well as many of our current team. Our commitment to apprenticeships is proven, having been awarded Apprentice Champion in 2014.

We have developed partnerships with motivational, highly respected educational bodies that support our learning systems to ensure you get the very best out of your journey. Apprentices benefit from working hands on with a team of highly skilled and experienced engineers, many of whom starttd as apprentices themselves.

Duties and development to include, but not limited to:

  • 1 to 1 job shadowing engineers in a workshop and on customer sites
  • College attendance as per programme detailed
  • General workshop duties maintaining H&S requirements
  • FLT Counterbalance licence to be achieved
  • The servicing of Gas/Electric & Diesel FLTS
  • Fault finding with diagnostic tools
  • Mechanical and electrical repairs of FLTS
  • Assessing and carrying out repairs on FLTS such as Brakes, engines, gear boxes, fuel systems

What training will the apprentice undertake and what qualifications will have been gained by the end of the apprenticeship?

  • Level 3 lift truck and powered access
  • As provided by NWSLC
  • Block release
  • On the Job

What is the expected career progression following completion of an apprenticeship?

A mobile Field Service Engineer.  Senior Engineer with equipment specialisms.  The coaching and mentoring of future apprentices. 

Full time Site specific engineer

To get started or to find out more, email us or call Emma on 01432 277180.

If you believe you have the quality and experience to add to our team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Email your CV here.

An Apprentice's Point of View

Hear it from the horse's mouth

Think an apprenticeship might be the right direction for you but not quite sure what's involved? Listen to George who has passed his Level 3 qualification with flying colours, talking about why he chose this route and how it worked for him.


How We Support our Apprentices

See it from both sides

Once you've decided that an apprenticeship is right for you, you need to make sure that your placement is with a business that is going to support and nurture you. Hear about our approach from Commercial Operations Manager Emma Bennett.


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