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12 December 2012

The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), have reiterated their commitment to developing quality apprenticeships, following the recent 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.

The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), have reiterated their commitment to developing quality apprenticeships, following the recent 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. FLTA chairman, Martyn Fletcher, said: “We were deeply saddened by much of what we saw on Panorama last night, and we hope young people are not put off all apprenticeships as a result. An IMI accredited Fork Lift Truck apprenticeship, no matter where in the UK it is delivered, will take a minimum of three years with scope for a further fourth year of advanced training. We, like BITA, are now even talking about a potential fifth year of training. Apprentices spend the majority of their time on work placements with the sponsoring employer. Underpinning technical knowledge is taught at appropriate colleges.”

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, says the organisations. Forklift 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.
 
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