Trucks Direct UK Comments as Survey Shows Apprenticeships Good for Career

Birmingham, United Kingdom, (21st February, 2012) – Trucks Direct UK Ltd, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks for sale and hire, comments on the findings of a survey by the British Industrial Truck Association.

A survey of British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) members has shown that 45% of senior managers in UK forklift companies started their careers as engineering apprentices.

Conducted in late January and early February to support National Apprenticeship Week, the survey was based on a poll of the 25 companies making up BITA’s Truck Suppliers Group (TSG).

In November 2011, BITA opened the BITA Academy, a dedicated, branded apprenticeship training facility operated in conjunction with City of Bristol College, one of the country’s leading automotive training centres.

Alex Hall, Service Manager of Trucks Direct UK Ltd, commented: “There are an estimated 250,000 forklifts currently operating in the UK – all of which contribute to the overall effectiveness of some of the most essential and successful supply chains. Unfortunately, the existing engineer workforce is ageing and retiring faster than new recruits are coming in, which poses a problem for the industry.

“It is essential to ensure that these vehicles are operated in an organised and safe manner, and that the requirement for fresh blood is catered to.

“The BITA Academy’s apprenticeship facilities will greatly assist with meeting this requirement for well-trained new recruits in the forklift industry, and we look forward to seeing how this will contribute to the effectiveness and quality of training in the future.”

For more information on Trucks Direct UK’s products and services, please visit or call 0121 344 4744.

About Trucks Direct UK Ltd:

Centrally-located in the West Midlands, Trucks Direct is one of the country’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks, with many years of trading and thousands of satisfied customers throughout the UK and overseas. The company’s long history and extensive contacts in the industry enable us to offer the highest-quality vehicles at the lowest prices. Trucks Direct’s customers range from small businesses acquiring their first forklift, up to some of the country’s largest plc companies, and they employ qualified engineers to ensure that each vehicle sold is thoroughly checked and delivered with 12 months L.O.L.E.R. certification.


Simon Watkins

Trucks Direct

Gailey Park, Three Acre House

Walsall Road, Perry Barr

Birmingham, UK

Zip: B42 1TP

Tel: 0121 344 4744



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