The F-TEC Forklift Apprenticeship Process – BITA

The F-TEC Forklift Apprenticeship Process

From registration to graduation, F-TEC manages the whole process to save employers time and money, including:

  • Recruiting and assessing potential engineers
  • Obtaining funding
  • Developing and overseeing the dedicated fork lift modules
  • Managing and accessing the learning and competence elements

Upon registering on the Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair with F-TEC, candidates will receive a workplace visit from their assessor to complete enrolment and induction into the programme.

The Intermediate Training programme is delivered over two-years, combining on-the-job and off-the-job training to achieve the following components:

VRQ Level 2 in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair Diploma (Knowledge)

This is assessed through online multiple-choice exams and assignments.

VCQ Level 2 in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair (Competence)

This component is assessed through a collection of workplace evidence and assessor observations on a range of jobs completed by the apprentice.

Functional skills in Maths, English & ICT

This will be delivered through one-to-one visits in the workplace and e-learning. Please note: apprentices will be exempt if they have attained GCSE/Key skills in these subject areas/

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Apprentices will attend F-TEC in Swindon for 5 week-long blocks per year.

Here, they will be provided with professional technical training, including interactive classroom lessons and practical training within the workshop.

Competence will be assessed by regular visits from the nationwide team of experienced F-TEC assessors, who visit apprentices every 10-12 weeks in the workplace.

Between visits, the apprentice will work on collecting evidence to submit for their e-portfolio, as well as working on set assignments.

For employers, F-TEC will provide full joining information. This will include the apprentice’s training dates for the year ahead. In addition, an F-TEC assessor will provide a schedule of workplace visits for the year.

The technical training costs £7,700, of which £6,000 is available in funding. Companies with fewer than 49 employees are entitled to 100% funding, so the cost of both Level 2 and Level 3 training is £1700 per course.

Larger companies receive 90% funding. This means they must pay £600 in addition to the £1700, for a total of £2300 per course.

F-TEC can advise on funding applications, including organisations paying the Levy.

Additional costs to consider include accommodation, lunch and travel to the centre. F-TEC has negotiated a daily rate of £92 with a local hotel. This price includes bed and breakfast, 2 course dinner, use of leisure facilities, and transport to and from the training centre.

If employers prefer, F-TEC can provide drinks, snack and lunch for the apprentice at a cost of just £7 per day.

*After successful completion of Level 2, there is the option to progress to Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship). This qualification, delivered over 12 months, will lead to apprentices being fully skilled engineers.

To find out what apprenticeships through F-TEC could do for your business, call F-TEC now on 01793 686 182 or email

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