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Forklift instructor of the year results

forklift instructor compietitionRTITB has crowned Ken Saward of Mentor FLT Training Ltd the winner of its first Lift Truck Instructor of the Year competition, which took place recently at the NEC, Birmingham.

It was a double success for Saward, who received the prize of an iPad Mini, donated by UniCarriers as he was crowned RTlTB's inaugural Operator of the Year in 2008.

The first runner up was Lee knight of Wakefield Skill Centre Ltd, and the second runner-up was John Wilcock, an independent trainer, both of whom received prizes donated by A-Safe UK Ltd.


"The RTITB Lift Truck Instructor of the Year competition was created to reward instructors for their ongoing dedication to high quality training and to recognise this understated profession" said Laura Nelson, managing director of RTITB, the UK’s leading workplace transport training accrediting body. "The competition recognises all the fantastic work that lift truck instructors do. This can be a dangerous industry and providing effective training is crucial for ensuring safe forklift operation and
a reduction in workplace incidents. We wanted to give credit to the instructors that work so hard to train safe, skilled staff, similar to how we reward drivers at RTlTB's International Forklift Operator of the Year competition."

Saward, an RTITB qualified instructor, said: “Taking part in the competition was a very enjoyable experience and it was a privilege to meet some very professional fellow instructors. When I was announced as the winner it was a massive shock but at the same time it was a very happy experience as it is nice to be rewarded and recognised for the hard work that has been done. When l became Operator of the Year in 2008 l said that the next thing l wanted to become was Instructor of the Year. I now l just need to decide what the next challenge is".