BJB to deliver logistics training in Modal link

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Mar 2017

GRIMSBY’S nationally operational materials handling specialist, BJB Lift Trucks, has formed a partnership with the area’s new £6 million logistics training facility.

Modal Training has welcomed the progressive team to the recently launched Immingham complex, where work-focused support for the Humber’s crucial industry will be provided.

Business development manager for Modal, Ella Brown, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside the team at BJB.  

They provide a high quality level of training that we feel compliments our offer.  Working together is the perfect partnership for us and we are excited about the future of this collaboration.”

‚ÄčNikki Hale, (pictured right), training and marketing manager at BJB, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with such a prestigious new training facility, and are supporting them in any way we can. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership.

“We first spoke with them back in October 2015 and the relationship has since progressed. They have now identified a building on their site where forklift and MEWP (mobile elevating work platform) training could be held.”

As reported, Grimsby Institute – with significant support from Humber Local Enterprise Partnership – has brought the centre forward at the large Middleplatt Lane premises formerly occupied by Engie Fabricom.

“This is all about training the future workforce and the Modal facility is superb,” Pete Harvey, (pictured below left), director, said. “We will be supporting them with training both on site and in out own centre,” Mr Harvey said.

“We are currently assisting Modal with advice to develop their facilities and will be supplying them with relevant equipment,” Mr Harvey said.

The Modal link comes after a significant increase in provision since BJB House became an accredited International Powered Access Federation training centre.

“Since achieving that the training demand has gone through the roof,” Mrs Hale said. “We have delivered 45 courses since October and we have been actively promoting it. We are also now delivering accredited portable scaffolding training too.”

Recent contracts have also been delivered for Road Safety Markings Association, who established the National Highways Academy in 2006.

“We are heavily involved in logistics, delivering training all over the UK and we are now getting our instructor team trained up in other disciplines to enhance their versatility and fulfil the needs of the clients,” Mrs Hale added. 

And as the portfolio grows, so does the working week.

“Due to the numbers coming through we are now meeting demand by running weekend courses to fit them all in,” Mr Harvey said. “Fortunately we have instructors who are willing to work to accommodate the clients’ needs.

“It allows us to provide a better service too. For those working full-time, and working away, it is often difficult to send employees to training courses during the week. If we can get it done on a Saturday it helps fulfil the client need.”

It is not just the training department that is busy. On the sales and service side of the Estate Road One base, BJB has secured a national agreement with Elliott Group, with 34 branches and 170 machines operating. It will be officially launched in the coming weeks. 

BJB Lift Trucks’ annual golf day, in aid of Humberston Hydrotherapy Pool, takes place at Waltham Windmill Golf Club on June 2. Sponsors are being sought for the event, which has raised £30,000 over the last three years.

Forking out for a unique 18th birthday present

COMING of age and the sky is your limit, especially if you’ve got a fork lift truck operator’s licence! 

Caistor Grammar School pupil Esme Coultas opted for something a little different as an 18th birthday gift –  learning how to drive a fork lift truck.

Opting for high visibility over high heels, she joined a cohort of candidates at BJB Lift Trucks instead of dancing the night away at a party.

And now she has a certificate of training to allow her to operate any counter balance fork lift truck up to five tonnes capacity. 

“It was my present and party put together,” the young woman from North Kelsey said. “I just thought fork lift trucks were awesome and wanted something that would give me an interesting job to do when I am at university.

“Doing something involving them would be far more interesting than standing in a shop on a Saturday.”  
She celebrated her birthday in October, and completed the course last month.

“I really like the idea of it all,” she said. “For someone like me to have a fork lift truck licence is unique. I really liked the training, and the instructor made it very enjoyable. I was a little scared it may just be middle-aged men, but it was great.” 
And what did her parents make of it? 

“There were quite surprised but thought it was a better idea than having a party that would be forgotten, but I did manage to have a celebration as well.” 

No stranger to being behind the wheel, Esme drove herself to the Grimsby base having passed her test early. She actually took her theory test two days after her 17th birthday.

While the “18th request”  was a first for the materials handling and powered access specialist, the interest from young men and women is increasing. Next month will see a women-only counter balance novice course delivered, after a quirk in bookings made it possible.

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