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Driving academy opens

By: David Howells
02 November 2011

The BITA Academy, which aims to provide apprenticeships for the next generation of distribution workers, has officially opened.

Jointly set up by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the City of Bristol College, the BITA academy offers a dedicated industrial truck apprenticeship scheme, resulting in a universally-accepted Institute of the Motor Industry fork lift truck apprenticeship qualification.

Then, if they choose, students can stay on and work towards a diploma in FLT engineering.

The application process is now ongoing for the first pool of apprenticeships to begin in January 2012. Uptake is thought to be high as in a tough economic climate, many are searching for extra skills to make them more likely to secure their desired driving jobs.

Opening the new academy, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, told "The BITA Academy promises to lead quality training and real career prospects for young people in a sector which actively wants to attract significant numbers of employees of apprentices to replace retiring employees."

Adding, BITA board member Bill Goodwin - who was instrumental in getting the scheme off the ground - told "Until now there hasn't been a course on offer that delivers all aspects of the skill-set that BITA members are looking for in newly qualified engineers.

"Thanks to its 'pure FLT' course content addressing both internal combustion and electric power sources, BITA academy graduates will be equipped in the best possible way to work with the full range of products on the market."

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