Trailblazers Consultation

The Government is setting up a new training mechanism for fork truck apprentices, Trailblazers. The new scheme places responsibility on employers working together to create a standard and qualifications that meet the needs of this industry. As such, it's important that FLTA Members have their say.

A small employer group, including manufacturers, dealers and SME’s has produced an initial draft of the Lift Truck Trailblazer standard (below). It will shortly be presented to a Government panel for approval but, before that happens, we want to hear your views.

Please email the FLTA ( stating whether you agree or disagree with the new standard and explain your reasons why – by 8th May 2017 at the latest.

Thank you for your participation.

Apprenticeship Standard for Lift Truck Engineering

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Standard

Occupation Profile - The lift truck engineer will be working in many different environments. Lift trucks are involved in the movement and storage of all types of products including food manufacturing, engineering, construction, storage & logistics industries.

Overview of Role - The lift truck engineer will be qualified in the maintenance, repair & diagnostics of a diverse range of electrical and mechanical lift trucks including; hand pallet trucks/ electrical power pallet trucks/ electric reach trucks/electric very narrow aisle & man-up/man down warehouse lift trucks, electric, LPG (liquid petroleum gas) & Diesel powered counterbalance lift trucks.

The lift truck engineer will carry out a variety of electrical & engineering activities, responding to customer requirements in a demanding industry, adapting to a range of working environments including major overhaul & repair centres/customer site based or field service engineer working within a geographical area.

This requires the engineer to possess multi-skills, knowledge, and safe working practices with environmental awareness. Maintenance and diagnostic abilities to skilled level in electrical/ electronic/mechanical/hydraulic systems.

Ensuring customer satisfaction with minimised loss in production, additional skills would include information technology (IT) truck software diagnosis /calibration, parameter adjustment & setting to comply with manufactures specifications and health & safety legislation.

Knowledge Overview - The lift truck engineer has the electrical/electronic & mechanical foundations which will enable them to develop their capabilities & retain in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of lift truck electrical/electronic & mechanical systems, to recognise the importance of compliance with relevant health & safety policies (H&S) & the importance in following safe working practices.

They will need to know, how to:

  • Comply with relevant health & safety working legislation policies & procedures
  • Recognise & comply with company & customer polices, rules & safe working procedures
  • Work safely in different environments: warehouses / chemical manufacturing & foundries
  • Join electrical components using electrical connectors & soldering, electric & gas weld use
  • Identify mechanical hydraulic connections & fixings
  • Identify metal composition and knowledge of fabrication processes
  • Identify, select and safe use of electric/mechanical/pneumatic tools/lubricants & relevant lift truck industry products & equipment
  • Operate lift trucks for maintenance, testing and manoeuvring purposes
  • Interpret technical engineering disciplines in electrical, electronic mechanical & hydraulics
  • Maintain, diagnose & repair all types of lift trucks to set procedures
  • Interpret lift truck on-board diagnostics and truck communication systems
  • Use parameters to set up lift truck characteristics to meet customer specific requirements
  • Follow company methods for ordering parts and manufactures warranty claim procedures

Skills overview – The lift truck engineer will be able to:

  • Work independently or as an effective team player, taking responsibility, accountability, and ownership of their actions
  • Follow safe jacking and blocking procedures; selecting and using the correct lifting and blocking equipment (toe / hydraulic jacks & Blocks)
  • Correctly use lifting equipment when removing heavy lift truck components (for examples; chains, slings, shackles)
  • Follow working at height procedures in compliance with appropriate H&S legislation.
  • Interpret lift truck schematic wiring & hydraulic diagrams, flow charts & manufacturer’s technical data
  • Perform high quality preventative maintenance in compliance with manufactures recommendations
  • Competently and safely work on electrical/electronic/mechanical & hydraulic systems, including: 24/48/80-volt lead acid/Lithium Ion batteries, alternator & mains battery charging systems, fuel cells/electrical/electronic switching wiring and safety circuits/resistance, thyristor, transistor motor control systems, CAN (control area network) electrical braking & wire guidance, RFID (radio frequency identification system) in-aisle identification & navigation systems.
  • Install and calibrate automated wire guidance & in-aisle warehouse lift truck systems
  • Maintain/install & repair lift truck telematics systems.
  • Be fully skilled in internal combustion engines & engine management systems, LPG (liquid petroleum gas) & Diesel fuel systems.
  • Thoroughly and professionally diagnose, repair & replace transmissions & final drive including; mechanical & hydrostatic systems.
  • Gain thorough skills in working with all mast configurations/lift chains/forks/attachments.
  • Hold adequate skills in working with hydraulics pumps/cylinders/valve/valve banks/pressure sensors /hoses & connections, pressure testing using gauges, flow meters, digital meters/laptops/ tablets, carryout hydraulic valve calibrations.

Occupational Behaviour Overview - Lift truck industry requires the engineer to be flexible, adaptable & possess varied disciplines in both current and future roles to ensure the lift truck engineer meets todays & tomorrows lift truck safety/technical & customer demands.

Safety Culture:

Lift truck activities have many hazards, it is imperative to adhere to a disciplined approach to maintain a safe environment

Work Ethic:

Positive work principles, reliable, flexible, diligent and trustworthy


Committed to health & safety, complies with employer and industry standards

Willingness to learn:

Actively undertakes continuous professional development (CPD).



Thrives on challenges, able to use own initiative, achieves goals & set targets


Positive to change of situations, technologies and working environments.

Personal Responsibility:

Driven to succeed, reliable and motivated to completing tasks

Quality Focused:

Complies with policies, procedures, rules, and regulation following approved engineering principles.

Codes of Conduct:

Always polite and professional. Has good personal hygiene, wears corporate uniform if provided, keeps company property well maintained, is a company ambassador, will lead by example and possesses a can-do attitude!


Desirable entry requirement: English, maths & ICT GCSE’s grade 4 - 5 or equivalent. Aptitude towards electrical mechanical and ICT

Duration: 36 to 48 months to complete full training including final assessment.

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair (VRQ) & Level 3 Diploma in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)