Linde Material Handling UK are supporting training provider F-TEC by opening up sites for practical assessments for all intermediate and final year apprentices.
Throughout lockdown F-TEC have been continuing to support their apprentice delegates. With the training centre closed all training has been delivered via webinars and online learning. In addition, delegates have been regularly contacted to ensure they have been coping, not only with their studies, but also with potential feelings of isolation. F-TEC have ensured the apprentices’ studies have continued uninterrupted, progressing them towards qualification.
However, for the apprenticeships to be completed, it is still necessary for practical evaluations to take place. This has obviously not been possible over the last few months and despite a gradual relaxation of restrictions, holding workshops has still not been a possibility. The usual venues for these assessments are still closed to the public and therefore training.
Fortunately, F-TEC are delighted to be receiving the support of Linde Material Handling, who have offered to host these sessions at a selection of their locations in the UK. These are geographically placed to enable delegates from up and down the country to attend. The venues will be set-up to observe all social distancing measures and health and safety requirements as dictated by the current Government COVID-Secure guidelines.
As the industry leaders in the UK, Linde Material Handling have been supporting F-TEC for a number of years and even more so over the last few months. Despite the difficulties faced during this time Linde Material Handling have continued to work closely with F-TEC to ensure their apprentices were not disadvantaged by lockdown.
Jeremy Caddick, Senior Director Aftersales at Linde Material Handling, says, “We are delighted to be in a position to support F-TEC and apprentices across the UK in providing venues to host their practical assessments. The geographic spread of our UK sales and service centres means we are able to provide local assessment locations reducing apprentice travel and minimising the number of delegates in each location to allow for effective social distancing. We have always had an excellent relationship with F-TEC as the only recognised training provider for our industry. We have been particularly impressed with the support they have shown our learners during these times – particularly the pastoral care as well as academic support. They are fulfilling a key role in the closure of a widening skills shortage in our industry, so we are as eager as they are to ensure not only our own apprentices, but all apprentices in our industry, receive the practical training required for their studies.”
Karl Baum, F-TEC adds, “Knowing that we needed easily accessible venues for the apprentices, mitigating risk to them, we approached Linde Material Handling as they have supported us throughout the pandemic. We are so grateful that they have offered to open their doors to us, as it would have been very disappointing to have to postpone the practical element of the apprentices training with no indication of when this could be restarted. This has been a difficult time for many of our learners, and with Linde Material Handling’s support we can now offer them the opportunity to reconnect with their peers and complete their programmes.”