New apprenticeship standard for lift truck and powered access technicians
Following industry-wide consultation, a new Level 3 Lift Truck and Powered Access Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard and end point assessment (EPA) has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education.
The 36-month course will be recognised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).
Originally part of the Government’s Trailblazer initiative, the new standard follows a consultation coordinated by F-TEC — the forklift industry’s training facility — working alongside with a steering group drawn from across the industry, including firms such as Crown, Linde, Acclaim Handling, IPAF, BITA, FLTA, Lomax Powered Access and Briggs Equipment.
Speaking on behalf of the Steering Group, its chairman Kevin Sowerby of Crown emphasised the scale of the achievement. “This is a hugely important development. It is the result of a great deal of hard work and the widest possible consultation in order to ensure that the standard is truly representative and meets the requirements of the whole industry.
“At this moment we have some concerns regarding funding levels but are working with the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education in order to resolve them.”
It is anticipated that the new standard will be introduced initially for those starting new apprenticeships this summer, with full enrolment expected by September.