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Asda boosts operator training with AITT accreditation

The big four supermarket is one of the latest organisations being supported by AITT

Asda Logistics Services has chosen AITT to accredit a coordinated nationwide lift truck operator training programme.

Asda Logistics Services, responsible for all distribution operations across food depots, ambient general merchandise hubs, clothing, import, fulfilment and service centres, turned to AITT to ensure that colleagues receive training in line with professional standards where lift trucks are in use at sites across the country.

Melanie Richmond, Technical Training Manager at Asda Logistics Services, commented: “We take every level of training seriously, from novice to instructor, and by collaborating with AITT it puts health and safety at the forefront of everything we do.”

As AITT members, Asda Logistics Services receives access to a wealth of information and resources, including the latest digital test sheets, training manuals, presentations, HSE guidance and more.

Melanie added: “In our three training locations - Lutterworth Integrated Distribution Centre, Wakefield Chilled Distribution Centre and Grangemouth Asda Distribution Centre - we have over 130 Category 1 instructors who will gain the skills and qualifications to go on and train thousands of Asda lift truck operators nationwide. This training will be standardised across all our sites, with operators trained to the same high level to encourage better awareness, knowledge and accountability when using lift trucks, which helps us to better protect colleagues and minimise the risk of accidents on site.”

AITT Managing Director, Liam Knight, said: “We are delighted to welcome Asda Logistics Services as a new member. With support and advice from AITT, Asda’s instructors will be able to teach and assess every individual in exactly the same way. This will guarantee that operators are following the same best practice guidance on the safe and correct way to use lift trucks no matter where the courses take place. We supply standardised documentation, so there is no risk of using outdated materials. Training is delivered to the highest calibre every time.”

Chris Elliott, Technical Facilitator at Asda Logistics Services, said: “Positioning Asda alongside AITT was key for us. AITT has robust measures that align with the latest legislation, and this will stand us in great stead for the future. It was very important that we invest in accreditation as it will hugely benefit not only Asda as a business, but also our instructors and operators. They can take pride in having an accredited qualification that has allowed them to make the most of their training. Liam and his team at AITT have been extremely supportive in helping us meet our training goals and secure Asda as a technical centre of excellence.”