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AITT the UK's fastest growing accrediting body for workplace transport training.
AITT are the only membership ran accrediting body in our industry, and proudly operate solely as a non-profit making organisation. Our purpose is to provide and maintain the highest training standards for operators, instructors, tutors and examiners, delivering training on all types of workplace transport and material handling equipment.
Using the guidance set out in the HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L117), AITT publishes guidance for the training of operators and instructors. We also ensure that our training providers are adequately audited, and their courses are externally verified, ensuring that training is being provided correctly to our standards.
The AITT council, to who help steer AITT into the future, consist of elected members who have been successfully nominated to represent their voice and opinion to AITT’s network. They consist of industry experts, from lift truck manufacturers, H&S representatives, training organisations, and instructors.
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
In 2019, AITT started to branch into offering accredited courses in the heavy plant and construction sector.
As a result, we had several courses submitted to CITB for approval, and was successfully awarded 3rd Party Awarding Organisation.
AITT's Managing Directors successfully completed his 2 year term as chairman of the ABA, and stepped down for this position for the role to be rotated
Andy Cartwright appointed as the new Chairman of AITT, and former Chairman Mark Asplen to become vice chairman.
Liam Knight appointed as the new Managing Director of AITT, Jules Cook is appointed as Technical Manager.
Liam has been involved in the material handling industry for over 7 years. He initially worked for one of the UK’s biggest hauliers where he managed the MHE and staff training team.
During his time at Eddie Stobart, Liam became an RTITB registered MHE instructor and delivered a range of different categories of MHE training nationwide.
Liam loves to spend time his family and is married with one son.
Jules has been involved with the material handling industry for over 8 years.
She worked for the largest provider of MHE training in the UK as a Field Training Assessor. This role included both monitoring and delivering a wide range of categories nationwide.
She is a CAT 4 Tutor for both AITT and RTITB
Jules is married and enjoys eventing her Ex-racehorse, rides motorbikes and long walks in the country with her two dogs
Julie joined AITT in 2010 after being in the finance industry for 20 years and serving in the Army prior to that.
During her time with AITT, she has really enjoyed watching the company grow and flourish to where it is now. After many years as the Office Manager, Julie is now the Accounts Manager for AITT.
Outside of AITT Julie is married and enjoys hobbies of quilting, photography and travel.
Rachel has been working for AITT since February 2019. Before that she worked in the Hospitality industry.
She works along side Julie and Megan in the office doing daily admin tasks. Her main responsibilities include processing Instructor applications, course paperwork, bookings, issuing Accreditation and the updating the ACORNS database.
Outside of AITT Rachel lives with her Partner and has 2 children aged 7 & 8.
Megan joined AITT in April 2021 and has previously worked in finance, customer care and product management.
Whist working alongside Rachel in the office, her main responsibilities include supporting the office with all general administration, along with processing the online orders and managing the social media.
Outside of AITT Megan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching documentaries, and going to see live music.
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 fellow 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.
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 Vice chairman of the AITT Council, where he also represents the MOD. Mark’s vision for the future is for the AITT to become the leading accredited training body within our industry.
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.
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. Louise is now the Training Solutions Manager of Jungheinrich UK, the world’s largest intralogistics manufacturers. She is 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.
Since leaving school Robert has worked in various environments, originally starting in the construction industry before moving into retail and warehousing; where he lead a dedicated store support team before starting as a mechanical handling instructor in 2014. Finding training to be his true calling, He moved into a pivotal role within one of the UK’s premier training companies, showing an inspiring ability to motivate delegates. In 2015 he became a Tutor and has taken the same enthusiasm across to train their new instructors. Since working at BDT he has worked closely with other council members helping to develop the new training manual for pivot steer truck. While still working at BDT he is also now one of the Director’s of Forklift Training LTd, where he works constantly to ensure all the instructors he meets, offer the Gold standard of training, both for the company‘s he works with and for AITT standards. He hopes that by being on the council he can push forward the standards of training to ensure that the delegates of the future can be the best they possibly can.
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.
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.
From Wallingford in Oxfordshire, Marc Attended Abingdon college successfully completing a 5 year apprenticeship as an HGV mechanic
Served with the British army for 12 years’ in The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
Also worked with in the Oil and Gas industry seismic surveys completing operations in variety of countries
In 1994 Marc joined a local forklift dealership covering London and the south east eventually becoming the training manager.
Marc currently holds the position of Operator Training Manager for Toyota Material Handling (UK) Ltd
Home life, Marc is married with a daughter and granddaughter, with a passion for an old Talbot Motorhome.
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