Dan's Forklift Skills Take The Crown

Posted Thu, 12/06/2012 - 10:13

CESAB engineer Dan McKinnon has taken the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)’s Apprentice of the Year title at the 18th Annual Awards for Excellence in the UK material handling industry.

Dan, who works for CESAB dealership Global Materials Handling in Rainford, Merseyside, was selected for the accolade out of all the students attending the Vehicle Maintenance & Repairs (Lift Trucks) programme, which is a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification for forklift truck engineers run by the FLTA in partnership with Retail Motor Industry Training and North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and accredited by the Institute of Motor Industries.

Six students were nominated for the award by their Colleges and interviewed by the FLTA’s technical committee. One of the committee’s judges Richard Hayes said:“This is a very well deserved award. We were impressed by the way Dan handled himself at interview and his strong knowledge across all technical areas.

“The apprenticeship programme is designed to meet the unique engineering challenges of working on a forklift truck and encourage new talent into the industry. Apprentice engineers are the lifeblood of our industry and it’s important we recognise and reward those individuals who are showing the skills and capability to take their businesses forward and most importantly, support customers when they most need it.”

Dan McKinnon: “I was really pleased and surprised to win this award. I’ve enjoyed my apprenticeship and have found it a great way to learn the skills I need, both on the job and with the help of the FLTA and my College. I would recommend an engineering apprenticeship to anyone who wants to get ahead and be part of a fast moving industry.”

Formed in 1972, the Fork Lift Truck Association worksto maintain and raise standards in the materials handling industry, protect the interests of consumers and enhance safety and productivity in the workplace.

Global Materials Handling is the exclusive North West dealer for the CESAB brand of counterbalanced and warehouse material handling equipment, which is manufactured in Europe using ISO 140001 certified TPS* to ensure high quality, waste-free production processes.


*Toyota Production System