IMHX Heats: 13th-16th September 2016 | Grand Final, Conference and Awards Dinner: Early 2017
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  • img_2195 ‘India Forklift Operator of the Year’ Srinivasa N D has beaten tough competition from across three continents to reach the Grand Finals of the International Forklift Operator of the Year, demonstrating that Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign really could become a reality as India shows it can compete with global talent.

    Srinivasa, who works at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, had the chance to travel to the UK to compete in the International Forklift Operator of the Year after winning the ‘India Forklift Operator of the Year’ competition hosted by Praguna in 2015.  As part of his prize, he received an all-expenses paid trip to Birmingham, UK to take part in the live competition heats at IMHX (International Materials Handling Exhibition) from 13th – 16th September.

    Ten contestants each day competed in four heats and Srinivasa made it through to the Grand Final alongside 11 other forklift drivers.

    “This competition once again showed that Srinivasa has a high level of knowledge, skill and understanding of efficient and safe forklift operation,” says Saurabh Goyal, CEO of ThinkLink Learning, which, under the brand Praguna, runs a wide range of programmes in skilling and human capability development in logistics and is RTITB’s exclusive, accredited partner delivering forklift training across India.   “We’re very proud that he will be competing in the Grand Final and hope that it helps raise awareness of how correct forklift operator training can improve safety and efficiency in Indian supply chains.”img_4757

    The award is hosted by UK-based RTITB, the globally recognized body for workplace transport training, and aims to celebrate the skills and knowledge of forklift drivers while promoting safety and encouraging all operators to achieve accuracy, control and efficiency. RTITB works closely with Praguna, which is committed to helping to make India the skill capital of the world and is the only vocational business in India to be RTITB accredited. Praguna is also a recognised partner of the Logistics Skill Council India

    The Grand Finals will take place in early 2017 where the 12 top forklift operators will compete in various live challenges in front of an audience, hoping to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year.

    img_5130“This prestigious award helps to reiterate an important message about safe and efficient forklift operation, as well as the importance of training for drivers,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred global standards setting body for workplace transport training. “With an international competitor reaching the Grand Final for the first time in the competition’s history, we hope that this important message has global impact.”

    For more information, visit the competition homepage here, or follow competition updates on Twitter @opofyear

    For more information on RTITB, visit  or for more information on Praguna ThinkLink Learning visit

  • rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_a For the first time in the competition’s history, female forklift operators have qualified for the Grand Finals of the RTITB International Forklift Operator of the Year competition.

    At the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX), Samantha Tyson, who works at PPG in Morley, Leeds, won her heat on day 2 of the competition, which is sponsored by UniCarriers and McCue.  Emily White, from System Training in Carlisle then followed as the overall winner of the day 3 heats.  Both will move forward to the Grand Final in early 2017, where the 12 top forklift operators from the heats at IMHX will compete to be crowned International Forklift Operator of the Year.

    rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_c“Before this year, no female operators had ever reached the grand final, so I am absolutely thrilled to see that female forklift drivers have made it to the final stages of the competition,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the preferred workplace transport training regulatory body, which has been organising the competition since 2008. “Not only does this recognise their hard work, but it helps to show that all kinds of different people can succeed in careers within logistics.”

    To earn a place in the Grand Final, drivers were tested on their operator skills, knowledge of safety and overall professionalism.  In front of thousands of visitors at IMHX 2016, each competitor completed four tests – two practical assessments (Fun Factory and Explosive Mixer sponsored by Pyroban, DOLAV and Racking & Storage Solutions), a knowledge assessment (sponsored by Transaid), and successful completion of a pre-use inspection (sponsored by TruckLOG).  Over the four days, 40 competitors attempted to achieve the best score, with the top two operators from each day’s heat receiving automatic qualification for the Grand Final.rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_b

    rtitb_forklift_operator_of_the_year_female_grand_finalists_d“With female forklift drivers reaching the Grand Final, I hope that businesses can see how encouraging more women into logistics will help the industry to thrive in the future,” says Laura. “I also hope that more women are made aware that this sector offers fantastic careers that they can excel in.”

    Laura continues “We wish Samantha, Emily and all the other Grand Finalists the very best of luck in the next phase of the competition.”

    For further information on the competition, click here.

    Follow on Twitter @opofyear or visit Facebook “RTITB Operator of the Year Competition”.