Leading Trade Associations in the materials handling sector, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), have reiterated their commitment to developing quality apprenticeships, following Monday night’s BBC Panorama programme, The Great Apprentice Scandal.
The programme, aired on 2 April 2012, uncovered shocking evidence of private training providers in some sectors allegedly offering apprenticeships involving little or no work experience and inadequate training. Such an approach, if true, short-changes both the government, which provides funding, and crucially the young people who signed up to an apprenticeship.
The contrast between the type of apprenticeships featured by Panorama and the courses which the forklift truck industry has been instrumental in developing could not be greater. Forklift Truck apprentices, sponsored by leading employers in the industry such as Linde, Barloworld and Jungheinrich, receive high-quality vocational training, both on placement and in the classroom, equipping them to pursue a career all the way to management level.