The winner of the Praguna ThinkLink Learning ‘India Forklift Operator of the Year 2015’ Srinivasa N D is travelling to the UK in order to compete in the finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 award.
Srinivasa, who works at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, beat hundreds of other drivers from across India in order to be crowned Indian Forklift Operator of the Year 2015 in a competition hosted by Praguna ThinkLink Learning which offers skilling and human capability development programmes in logistics and is RTITB’s exclusive, accredited partner delivering forklift training in India.
As part of his prize, Srinivasa qualified for a place in the live finals of the International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 competition at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September, where up to 20,000 people are expected.
One of just 40 contestants in the running to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016, Srinivasa has received an all-expenses paid trip to the UK in order to demonstrate his knowledge, skill and understanding of efficient and safe lift truck operation in the next round of the competition.
The award is hosted by UK-based RTITB, the preferred regulatory body for workplace transport training, and aims to find, recognise and reward the very best forklift operator in the world. RTITB works closely with Praguna ThinkLink Learning, which is the first vocational business in India to be RTITB accredited, to help encourage Indian forklift operators to excel and to improve operator efficiency, safety, morale and confidence.
“Forklift trucks play an important role in so many companies around the world, regardless of size or industry,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred global standards setting body for workplace transport training. “Both the Indian Forklift Operator of the Year competition with Praguna, and this international award celebrate the skills and knowledge of forklift drivers while promoting safety and encouraging all operators to achieve accuracy, control and efficiency.”
Laura continues “This is a very prestigious award, so to take part in the finals and to compete on this international level you have to be among ’the best of the best’. We wish Srinivasa and his peers from around the world the very best of luck in the competition.”
The finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year 2016 take place in the Competition Zone at IMHX at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 13th – 16th September 2016.
For more information, visit www.opofyear.com or follow competition updates on Twitter @opofyear For more information on RTITB, visit www.rtitb.co.uk or for more information on Praguna Thinklink Learning visit www.thinklinklearning.in.