F-TEC celebrates three years of training the best in the forklift industry

Pictured: L-R F-TEC’s Senior Trainer Kevin Bentham, MD Karl Baum, and MP Justin Tomlinson with a celebration cake.
F-Tec, Kevin Bentham, Karl Baum MD, Justin Tomlinson MP

The Forklift Training Engineering Centre is celebrating its third year in business.

The training organisation based in Swindon offers an extensive range of forklift engineering programmes including apprenticeships, advanced level courses, diagnostics and safety.

Karl Baum, Managing Director of F-TEC, said: “Since the business started three years ago, we’ve gone from strength to strength.

“F-TEC now boasts a team of 14 who manage the apprentice and commercial training. Over the past three decades F-TEC has trained in excess of 600 engineers, of all ages and abilities.”

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, said on a visit to F-TEC: “It’s fantastic to celebrate yet another growing and thriving business that has chosen Swindon as its base for its national programme.

“I’ve been particularly impressed with programme of works to train up the next generation of engineers in this vital industry.”

Working with some of the leading manufacturers in the industry and more than 40 independent companies, F-TEC delivers training designed by the industry, for the industry.

Karl Baum added: “We have a 15,000 sq ft centre which contains four fully-equipped training rooms and two large diagnostic workshops to enable our trainers to deliver fully-integrated training to the Material Handling Industry.”

F-TEC delivers training to companies across the UK and Europe, from independent companies with one or two engineers to manufacturers with hundreds of engineers. It provides training to young apprentices, aged 16 plus, to engineers with decades of experience.

A joint-venture of the forklift industry’s leading trade associations, BITA (British Industrial Truck Association), and the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association), the training centre was created to address the training needs of the forklift truck industry.

It receives funding from the Skills Agency and European Social Fund.