BITA Annual General Meeting 2011 Launches Apprentice Initiative

BITA launches industry recruitment initiative at AGM as Forklift Truck market outlook continues to improve

A new initiative to attract new blood into the Forklift Truck market, through better opportunities and apprenticeships, was the headline announcement at the BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) AGM on 6 May 2011.

BITA has committed to fund an Industry Apprentice Manager to work with colleges and other trade associations to attract applicants to apprenticeship schemes. The announcement comes at a time when the economic forecast for the industry, presented at the AGM by Oxford Economics, is strong, but the age profile of the engineering sector continues to increase.

BITA Board member Bill Goodwin, Sales Director at Jungheinrich UK, is heading up BITA’s industry recruitment initiative, the Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) Apprenticeship Scheme. He comments: “BITA recognises the importance of attracting young people into our industry and we are committed to working with schools, colleges and the whole industry to improve the opportunities available. Our objective is to provide support and a point of contact between apprentices and operating companies in a bid to increase the number of applicants.

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