FLTA and BITA to deliver a single, national apprenticeship scheme
In a major new development, the FLTA and BITA have announced plans for a single, consolidated fork lift apprenticeship scheme to cover the whole of the UK. The scheme will be delivered via a new company formed between the associations.
The move represents a united approach to overcoming the serious skills gap that faces our industry as older, experienced engineers retire and fresh talent must urgently be recruited in their place.
Both the FLTA and BITA have run highly successful apprenticeship schemes for a number of years, introducing hundreds of new engineers into the industry. However, this new venture – involving training centres throughout the country – is intended to achieve a step change in levels of recruitment.
The timing itself is crucial because we want to attract high calibre young people who, even now, are considering their education and career options.
Importantly for FLTA members, the key elements of our excellent and very popular scheme will remain the same. Young apprentices will complete most of their general training at local colleges – with a dedicated fork lift truck module delivered at a centre of excellence. Help will continue to be provided in assisting you find an appropriate candidate. You will still receive a government grant of £1,500 and successful candidates will receive the same qualification at the end of the course.
The only significant change – apart from the increase in the number of apprentices being trained – will be the management of the programme which, for new apprentices, will transfer to Karl Baum Associates.
This apprenticeship scheme is, of course, not the first joint venture for the two associations. Ten years ago, BITA and the FLTA joined forces to establish the materials handling industry’s own accredited scheme for Thorough Examination. By establishing and delivering a single, uniformly high standard throughout the UK, the CFTS scheme has proved an unparalleled success with more than 400 companies now accredited.