SHD magazine recently interviewed Managing Director of F-TEC, Karl Baum about the significance and success of creating a dedicated forklift engineer training centre.

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It’s now less than 2 weeks before IMHX, you can visit F-TEC at SK6

F-TEC puts the focus on forklift engineer training and apprenticeships at IMHX

Whether you’re looking to take on apprentices or becoming an apprentice, then the F-TEC (the Forklift Training Engineering Centre) stand should be your first port of call at IMHX.

Based in the Skills and Logistics Zone (SK6), F-TEC is the UK’s first training centre dedicated specifically to the training of fork lift truck engineers and apprentices.

Karl Baum a Director of the Centre explains: “F-TEC has been created by the industry for the industry and puts training and apprenticeships firmly in the hands of the people who know exactly what is required.”

“It is the industry’s most significant development since the formation of CFTS by the Fork Lift Truck Associations (FLTA) and the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) more than a decade ago and further demonstrates the close relationship between its founding partners.”

Karl and his team will be on hand throughout IMHX and they are hoping to meet with companies thinking about taking on an apprentice. The new F-TEC programme will be headed up by Kevin Michel, a figure well known and respected by students and client companies alike.

He says: “Taking on an apprentice is – without a doubt – an investment in the future since trained engineers are leaving the industry – largely through retirement – faster than they are being replaced.

“We will be available to discuss all aspects of taking such a step, explaining the practicalities, as well as the proven rewards that training your own can deliver, including loyalty and raised productivity.”

In July, F-TEC’s Swindon training centre opened its doors to apprentices, as well as mature engineers looking to enhance their skills with basic, intermediate and advanced engineering courses.

The 5,000 square foot facility features lecture theatres and a workshop area which allows apprentices to gain practical experience across a broad range of forklift brands and model types.

Karl adds: “While we’re keen to meet potential employers and engineers, we’re equally keen to meet young people considering careers in fork lift truck engineering, along with their parents.”

For more information about F-TEC visit stand SK6 in the IMHX Skills and Logistics Zone or visit

Raising the Bar with Training (Alder King)

Alder King are delighted to have concluded lease negotiations with F-TEC Ltd to provide a new centre of excellence for fork lift truck engineering and apprenticeships.  Unit 17 Ash is an end terraced light industrial unit situated within the mature and established Kembrey Park to the north of Swindon.  The property extends to circa 4,600 sq ft and has been let by way of a new 5 year lease agreement.

Speaking on behalf of the landlords, Martin Baker of Alder King commented: “I am delighted to have been able to conclude this transaction with F-TEC Ltd and wish them every success with their continued expansion plans.  I am sure that they will be a welcome addition to the park.”

Karl Baum of F-TEC Ltd commented: “After a long search of the Swindon property market, we inspected Unit 17 and knew that it was not only the right unit for our business but also the type of business park environment that we felt would portray the right image for our business moving forward.”

The Ash units at Kembrey Park continue to prove to be attractive to occupiers as they have done for circa 30 years.  The well maintained estate is home to a number of local, regional and national occupiers.

For further information, please contact F-TEC Ltd at or 01793 686182, or Alder King on 01793 615477, or Kembrey Park at


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New dedicated training centre will fill the forklift truck service engineer skills gap

BITA Academy – the industry-led organisation that delivers apprenticeships in materials handling equipment (MHE) engineering – has announced that it will now be known as F-TEC (Forklift Training Engineering Centre).

The name change is part of a wider overhaul of the apprenticeship provider’s operation that includes the opening of the UK’s first dedicated lift truck engineer training centre, where the next generation of UK forklift truck service engineers will receive the highest levels of industry-focused skills training and mature engineers can upgrade their knowledge to ensure that they keep pace with the industry’s increasingly rapid technological advances.

Karl Baum, a Director of F-TEC, comments: “We feel that the name F-TEC better reflects our broad remit to serve the interests of both the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and the Forklift Truck Association (FLTA) – both of whom are founding partners in F-TEC.”

“Our principal aim is to provide a steady stream of qualified service engineers with the technical, academic and interpersonal skills needed to represent the companies whose forklift trucks and other MHE are the backbone of Britain’s retail and manufacturing economies.”

Karl Baum continues: “The forklift truck industry has long been aware of the need to encourage more school leavers and other young people to enter the industry as service engineers. We estimate that sustaining the number of qualified engineers available to the industry at their present level requires some 200 fully qualified engineers to graduate every year. Our intention is to provide at least this amount.”

F-TEC’s training centre will open its doors to its first group of apprentices in July 2016.

Based in Swindon, the 5000 sq ft facility features lecture theatres and a workshop area, where apprentices will gain practical experience across a broad range of forklift brands and model types while established engineers will be taught the specific new skills required by their employers.

“Establishing our own training centre really is a game-changer,” says Operations Director, Tiffany Jenkins. “We now have our own full-time team of training personnel which ensures that all apprentices that pass through our Swindon Training Centre receive the same uniformly high standard of education and are perfectly prepared to enter the industry, while those more mature engineers can upgrade their skill sets by attending bespoke training courses overseen by experts that meet the changing mechanical demands of the industry.”

F-TEC’s apprenticeship programmes and other courses for established engineers are designed to provide the best experience for students and their employers.


upLIFT Magazine F-TEC: FLT engineer training and apprenticeships

In one of the most significant developments since the formation of CFTS, the FLTA and BITA have joined forces to create a training centre dedicated specifically to the training of fork lift engineers and apprentices.

F-TEC (the Forklift Training Engineering Centre) – has been created by the industry for the industry and puts industry training and apprenticeships firmly in the hands of the organisations that know exactly what is required.

With immediate effect, all training courses will move to the F-TEC training centre in Swindon.

Importantly, rapid progress is being made in setting up the new centre in order to ensure a seamless transition from the BITA Academy.

All current apprentices have been transferred to the F-TEC programme which will be headed up by Kevin Michel – a figure well known and respected by students and client companies alike. The first course for apprentices commenced in July and dates for engineer training courses have already been agreed with the FLTA. They will start, as usual, in September following the summer break.

In order to make F-TEC and its services more accessible, an additional training facility, to cover Scotland and the north of the England, is currently under consideration.

This important new venture is further evidence of the close working relationship that exists between this association and BITA.