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Barloworld has six accredited training centres across the UK, employs 32 mobile instructors and trains around 6,000 operators each year. At the moment there is an NVQ/SVQ level two in specialised plant and machinery operations, which can be combined with distributive operations level one or distribution, warehousing and storage operations level two.

The company is collaborating with Tilbury Docks and Thurrup College to create the UK’s first fork lift truck training academy. This will be a six week course leading to NVQ levels one and two. Thurrup College will issue the NVQ and it plans to roll out the scheme to other colleges across the country. The course is government approved and designed to standardise all aspects of forklift truck operation. The NVQ will be college based and aims to offer a 2:1:1 trainer to student ratio – two students, one instructor and one fork lift truck.

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