New initiative to raise forklift training standards

Ascot, Berkshire, UK: The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and workplace transport training regulatory body RTITB are to work together in a bid to raise the standards of forklift truck training in the UK.

By formalising their existing close working relationship, the two organisations hope to achieve a number of goals.

These include:

  • Raising awareness of the logistics sector amongst a younger audience and promoting it as an attractive career path
  • Harnessing current and emerging technology, such as simulators, virtual reality and augmented reality, to ensure accessibility to training for the modern, technology-driven audience
  • Promoting and supporting high standards of training and safety to minimise risk and accidents involving workplace transport

BITA secretary general James Clark said: ““We have considered RTITB as a valuable partner in helping us to achieve higher standards of training for many years, and this new initiative formalises our existing arrangement into something more rigorous and tangible.

“BITA aims to support the industry in creating a younger, highly-trained workforce capable of competing at a global level, and we view RTITB as the ideal partner to help us achieve this. It is a highly respected training organisation, and our closer collaboration will allow our members – who produce over 90% of the fork lift trucks sold in this country – greater access to the highest standards of training.”

Laura Nelson, managing director of RTITB, said: “BITA are a perfect partner and we will be working with James and his team to continually promote and support high standards of forklift truck training in order to dramatically reduce incidents and their severity in the ubiquitous world of forklift use.”