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AITT have been working on improving standards of the material handling industry since 1985.
AITT (originally called the Association of Industry Truck Trainers) was formed by training providers and manufacturers, to discuss training standards of workplace transport in the UK. AITT’s mission was to set out, revise, and maintain a set of alternative standards to RTITB.
ITSSAR was also formed, to provide the monitoring, registration and certification for AITT.
The HSE (Formally known as the HSC) recognised AITT/ITSSAR as an accrediting body for workplace transport.
AITT and ITSSAR split, and as a result each organisation became their own accrediting body, to maintain and develop standards.
The HSC became the HSE and stopped administering accrediting bodies.
At the request of the HSE, the ABA (Accrediting Bodies Association) was formed, comprising of the 4 leading accrediting bodies: AITT, ITSSAR, RTITB, and NPORS. Their goal was to set a common level of standards across all awarding bodies.
As part of the membership requirements of the ABA, all operator training delivered by AITT training providers must ensure an extra level of auditing is completed by the awarding body. Therefore, AITT introduced its registration scheme (now called ACORNS - AITT Certificate of Operator Registration Number Scheme).
This gave the customer the ability to check an individual training record by contacting AITT with their own unique reference number.
To support the growth of AITT and to plan for the future, AITT moved to a larger premises with conferencing facilities, confirming its commitment to the industry.
AITT’s Managing Director was nominated to become chairman of the ABA, to help move the association forward and complete the set of standards being established across all workplace transport
Adam has been involved in the material handling industry for over 10 years. He initially worked for a training provider, before joining one of the world largest forklift manufacturers, Jungheinrich.
During his time at Jungheinrich, Adam became an ITSSAR and AITT registered MHE instructor, and was responsible for driver training department for the UK.
He joined AITT in 2018, with a goal of improving and growing AITT membership, along with improving standards and industry recognition.
In 2019 Adam was nominiated as Chairman of the ABA (Accrediting Bodies Association)
At home, Adam is married with 2 children and a keen follower of Formula 1.
Mark has been involved with MHE training for over 20 years, primarily within the Ministry of Defence, both as a Serving Soldier and Civil Servant. Mark has provided training of a wide range of equipment, across different terrines and in various countries on operational tours. Mark is the Chairman of the AITT Council, where he also represents the MOD. As Chairman, Mark’s vision for the future is for the AITT to become the leading accredited training body within our industry.
Jonathan joined Translift Bendi during the 1990’s while Bendi articulating trucks were being developed. He first got involved with the AITT when developing standards for the UK training industry for pivot steer trucks. He went on to start the training arm of Bendi and has been a member of the AITT since 2002. As somebody that has worked alongside developing fork lift truck design, particularly in the field of high density warehouse storage, he is used to developing and designing new training standards for new types of equipment. His role with training standards is to champion guidance for use of new types of MHE arriving to the UK market.
Stuart Taylor is Treasurer of the AITT and Managing Director of Mentor FLT Training - the UK’s leading provider of nationwide workplace transport, materials handling and safety management training. Stuart has a wealth of experience in the forklift training, logistics and supply chain industries. He currently provides technical/training support as a Director on the Board of the Fork Lift Truck Association, ensuring both they and Mentor continue to contribute to improving safety standards throughout the UK.
Simon has 29 years of experience working in distribution, manufacturing and events within the drinks industry, with roles including health and safety, environmental safety, and food safety. He is qualified with Masters Degrees in Safety Law from Loughborough University, and Risk Management from Portsmouth University.
Simon’s experience as an MHE instructor, as well as his involvement in truck specifications for MHE equipment within the drinks industry, provided the AITT with an end user’s perspective on the standards expected from both the operator, training organisations and business organisations, as well as promoting the AITT through industry forums.
Since serving with the British Army, Andy has gained over 30 years of practical experience working as a forklift truck and access equipment instructor and training manager. As the current Technical Manager for Mentor FLT Training, he writes courses across a range of workplace transport equipment, advises on updates and legislative changes, and works closely with customers to solve problems and identify training solutions. Andy is well respected in the industry, having spent 2 years on IPAF’s International Training Committee. He is also a Chartered Member of IOSH, a Member of the Institute of industrial Accident Investigators, a member of the International Institute of Risk Safety Managers, and a senior instructor/examiner for IPAF.
Andy is a member of the AITT Standards Committee and the AITT Council, as well as being a registered AITT instructor.
Stephen is the owner and manager of CoLa Training Services in Boston. Since retiring from farming in 2009 after 39 years, he now gives his time as a full-time trainer and assessor.
He is a Lantra awards technical verifier for machinery, and lead technical verifier for plant machinery. As well as this, he is also an assessor for NPTC City and Guilds, and a Driver CPC trainer for Drivers CPC4U.
Stephen provides the AITT with a wealth of knowledge in both training and assessing, gained from 44 years of experience spanning across farming, horticulture, manufacturing and storage industries.
In 2015 I joined AITT's team of Training Standards Advisers going round to training providers and carrying out annual audits and monitoring visits. I also sit on the council and the standards committee, As an owner of a training company I understand the needs of a smaller training company and feel I can offer them good representation with the council, to help them maintain standards by also remain cost effective.
Having worked in Operations and Sales for a roofing manufacturer for 19 years, Louise’s time was spent implementing safe working procedures in the warehouse and factory. In 2017, Louise became a training coordinator in the training department of Jungheinrich UK, the world’s largest intralogistics manufacturers. She now has a senior role within the department, tasked with producing quality driver training and maintaining the high standards that customers expect from the Jungheinrich brand.
Louise joined the AITT council in 2019, and finds that being part of the council is of huge benefit, as she can be informed first hand of any changes in legislation and testing standards. Likewise, the AITT benefit from working alongside a manufacturer at the forefront of technology, who can offer valuable information to assist AITT in developing future course material.
Following a career in logistics management, Ian set up Total Truck Training UK in 2001. He quickly grew the business from an independent trainer to a full-scale training company, expanding and recruiting training staff to meet customer demand. Rather than sitting back while others delivered the training, Ian employed a team to manage the business so that he could continue his passion; currently heading up the team responsible for delivering internal training, instructor courses, NVQ assessments through MPQC, and specialist courses.
Ian believes the strength of AITT is not only the industry knowledge from its council members; crucially, AITT welcomes ideas to improve both the quality and customer experience of training delivered by AITT accredited training suppliers.
Accredited companies have the advantage of being included in our online Training Directory, as well as access to our library of training aids and useful literature.
AITT publishes guidance notes for training operators and instructors, as well as providing advice on instructional techniques for all types of industrial truck operator training. These publications can be purchased directly from us.
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