When is conversion training applicable?

Conversion training can be carried out when a trainee has already been qualified on one type of truck but needs training on another similar type (eg, rider operated).

For example, a trainee may already have been trained on the counterbalance truck but also needs to drive a reach truck.  Another example might be that a trainee is qualified on a multi directional truck and needs to drive a pivot steer truck.

Conversion training is a one day course for one trainee or two days for two/three trainees.   If we haven’t trained the candidate previously, we will need to see a copy of their certificate of training on the first truck for our audit purposes with RTITB (these can be e-mailed to us).

Trainees would not be able to convert from a Scissor Lift or Cherry Picker to a rider operated truck as there are not significant similarities in the skills and knowledge required to operate both machines.

There are many different scenarios and the RTITB has produced a guidance document for training providers so if you are unsure on the type of training you require, please contact us on 0800 024 8084 or e-mail anne@stackerstraining.co.uk.

Forklift Experience Session – Saturday 28th September 2024

Following our last forklift experience session on 11th May, we are planning to hold another session on
Saturday 28th September at our training centre at Apollo Park, Wroxton, near Banbury.

This provides attendees with some basic tuition on health and safety, how to operate the counterbalance truck and then there will be an opportunity to have a go, under supervision of course, and undertake some basic steering exercises.  Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided.  There will be a charge of £30 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Horton Hospital, Banbury.

If you’ve already been to one of our sessions and driven the counterbalance truck, you can attend again and have your experience on the reach truck.  Spaces are limited for both trucks though so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend on Saturday 28th September.  You can e-mail anne@stackerstraining.co.uk or call 0800 024 8084 to book your place.


Flexible Training – Evenings and Weekends

Whilst we mainly provide training during the day, either held at our training centre at Apollo Park, Wroxton, near Banbury or on customer premises, we also continue to offer training on evenings and weekends, when required.

Some of our customers request refresher training is carried out on a Saturday, when production is less busy and we can arrange a mutually convenient date to provide this training.

Our novice courses on counterbalance and reach trucks can be adapted to run over several evenings, rather than the usual 3 days or we can split the training over two weekends.  We can work with individuals to be flexible on start and finish times.

Most of the training we provide for individuals is on a one to one basis with the instructor, which allows for more practice time, but if you have a friend or colleague who would also like to undertake a training course with you, please let us know as we will be able to offer you a discounted rate for this.

If you are interested in any of our courses, please call us on 0800 024 8084 to discuss your requirements or e-mail anne@stackerstraining.co.uk for more information.

Forklift operators – reasons why slow and steady always wins the race

RTITB have produced a free handout detailing why slow and steady will always win the race.

Lift trucks account for around 25% of workplace incidents with reckless speed a significant contributing factor.

Click on the link below to download the free resource and share within your company to encourage best practice



Forklift Experience Session – video

Here’s a link to a short video showing highlights from our forklift experience session on Saturday 11th May 2024.


See our previous blog post for more information



Forklift Experience raises funds for Horton General Hospital, Banbury

On Saturday 11th May 2024, we held a forklift experience session at our training centre at Apollo Park, near Banbury.

We would like to thank everyone who attended this event and we are delighted to have raised £500 for the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Two ladies decided to have their experience on the scissor lift and six other attendees were split into two groups of three and drove the electric and gas counterbalance trucks.  They did some basic steering exercises and some stacking and de-stacking of boxes.

Below is some of the feedback we received:


“Absolutely fabulous experience, would highly recommend.  Great instructors and overall fun experience”

“Great fun.  I really enjoyed today.  Made new friends.  Instructors were lovely”

“Fabulous morning, thank you”

“Spencer was very patient with delivery of instruction.  Thank you”

If you are interested in attending a future forklift experience session, or know anyone who would be, please contact anne@stackerstraining.co.uk or call 0800 024 8084.


IWLEX – May 2024

RTITB are attending the IWLEX Exhibition (Inside Warehouse Logistics Expo) Event on 14th and 15th May 2024.

It is the UK’s only dedicated warehouse operations exhibition steered by warehouse logistics practitioners and is being held at NAEC Stoneleigh, Coventry.

The event will prioritise topics such as mental health, wellbeing and diversity and will also include a Warehousing Logistics Careers Fair plus the Women in Warehousing and Logistics Networking event.

The event is free to attend, click on the link below to register.



Training in sunny Eastbourne!

One of our instructors is providing training in sunny Eastbourne this week on the counterbalance and combi lift trucks (multi directional).  He was able to enjoy a drink on the pier after work and took these lovely photos.


We also have training taking place on the scissor lift at our centre this week and training on customer premises in Banbury.

Our instructors have trained at a variety of locations over the last few weeks – Leighton Buzzard, Thame, Brackley, Kidlington, Reading, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford and Silverstone.

We have also carried out several novice training courses at our centre near Banbury on the counterbalance and reach trucks.

For more information on training courses, please contact us on 0800 024 8084 or e-mail anne@stackerstraining.co.uk

RTITB Safety Summit – 19 September 2024

The RTITB are holding a Safety Summit in Manchester on 19th September 2024.

This will provide an opportunity to collaborate, share experiences, and learn about the best practices and emerging trends in both safety and training. Register your interest now by clicking on the link below:




Forklift Taster Session

Last Saturday we held a free forklift taster session at our training centre at Apollo Park, Wroxton, near Banbury.

This provided some basic tuition on the components and functions of the counterbalance truck, basic operation including starting, moving, steering and stopping and adjustment of height, tilt & side shift including travel and parked positions.

Linda and Philip (pictured below) both enjoyed the session.

If you are interested in future taster sessions, please contact us on 0800 024 8084.


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