A bright future for forklift training

December 2019

HL Training Services has opened new opportunities for workplace transport training in the South West following our recent accreditation by the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers.

We are accredited by industry bodies ITSSAR and RTITB, but we have made the major decision to gain a third accreditation, after noticing a lack of availability for AITT courses in the West Country.

“Anyone in the South West looking to attend AITT training courses would have to travel to the Midlands or further east,” said Shane Richardson, Director at HL Training Services. “But our new AITT Accreditation means we can provide courses from Bristol, and give people in the surrounding counties, or even those along the south coast, a more local option. We’re essentially creating a South West hub for AITT training that wasn’t there before. It’s a really exciting development.”

Two-thirds of HL Training Services’ instructors will receive AITT registration. In addition, we are aiming to have one Category 4 tutor accredited to AITT, who will be qualified to teach operators and instructors, a significant move that will allow HL Training Services to offer a greater number of courses.

“We ‘train the trainer’, so by ensuring that our instructors are taught to accredited standards, then in turn they will go on to teach forklift operators how to work safely in accordance with HSE guidelines,” said Shane.

“Our aim is to help produce the best instructors, which will benefit the industry in the future, and AITT will help us do that. One of the reasons we chose AITT was the outstanding level of guidance that the organisation provides to training providers and instructors. The team is very friendly and registering with AITT was simple and straightforward; we really enjoy working with them.

“What also stood out to us was the great work that AITT has been doing recently to spread the message about the importance of accredited training. AITT wants to make a difference, and so do we, so it made perfect sense to join. It’s a win-win really.”

Managing Director of AITT, Adam Smith, said: “It’s great to have HL Training Services onboard as this is big step in expanding our network in the South West region. Shane and his team are really committed to ensuring that forklift instructor and operator training is the best it can be, which is an ethos AITT shares.”

Shane believes that providing a greater availability of local options for forklift training will be key for encouraging people to choose accredited courses, as opposed to choosing less reliable non-accredited training.

“Using accredited providers is essential because it gives you proof that the training has been completed to a defined standard, whereas non-accredited training isn’t registered,” explained Shane.

“Accredited training includes an in-depth check and the paperwork is audited to prove that it has been done properly. It gives you peace of mind more than anything. Ideally everyone would choose it, but training organisations such as ours have to make it as easy as possible for people by providing local centres and instructors. The cost of registering to AITT is a nominal fee and it’s insignificant compared to the huge benefits accreditation brings.”

Adam added: “AITT welcomes training providers from any area of the country who are looking to make the easy switch to a supportive accrediting body. Our focus is always on providing the advice and resources that enable providers to deliver exceptional courses to the highest industry standards. I’ve no doubt that HL Training Services will do just that.”

For further information on training contact Shane Richardson on 0117 952 5625 or email [email protected]

For more information on being AITT Accredited yourself, call Adam Smith of AITT on 01530 810867 or email: [email protected]

HL Training Services receives AITT accreditation
(Tyrone Williams from AITT, left, and Shane Richardson of HL Training Services, right)

Festive Period – 2019 Opening Hours

See below list of our Festive Opening Hours

23rd Dec – Office Open
24th Dec – Call 0117 9525625 to speak to the team
25th & 26th Dec – Closed
27th, 30th & 31st Dec – Office Closed – call 0117 9525625 to speak to our team.
1st Jan 2020 Closed

2nd Jan 2020 Office Opened as Normal

Any questions or queries you may have in the meantime, please call as above, or email [email protected].


From all the HL Team, we would like to wish all of our customers & suppliers (Old and New) a Very Merry Christmas, and a fantastic 2020.

Remember, we are now ITSSAR, RTITB & AITT Accredited so we are here for all your training needs for the New Year and Beyond!