“Times are tough for many businesses at the moment and we understand that the cost of purchasing or developing training materials can soon add up,” says Laura Nelson, managing director for RTITB, the UK’s leading workplace transport training accrediting body. “With limited budgets and significant time pressures to contend with, some organisations might be tempted to cut corners, but keeping people safe must always be a priority.”
“That’s one of the reasons why we are supporting UK industry with the new RTITB eLibrary, providing access to high-quality, up-to-date training materials in an even more affordable and user-friendly way,” she continues. “It is designed to help develop a positive training and safety culture, while meeting regulations and protecting every employee’s safety.”
Accessed entirely online, the RTITB eLibrary contains a range of standardised forklift, plant and LGV courses for instructors to use when delivering training to operators and drivers, including trainers’ guides, presentations, videos, posters, safety codes, handouts, and more. The ready-to-go materials provide a much faster solution, compared to developing materials in-house, especially while instructors’ time is in high demand.
New courses are added periodically.
Howdens Joinery has found the benefits of the system, states Mick Dyer, MHE Coordinator. He says: “The RTITB eLibrary has made accessing the most up-to-date information so much easier. It has allowed us to do away with updating documents manually - when you consider we have dozens of different courses over several sites, the administration of paper documents was time consuming and relied on people to accurately remove old pages and put in the new.”
“The RTITB eLibrary allows all instructors over all our sites to instantly access the most up to date and relevant information,” explains Mick Dyer. “It allows them to work from the same version document at all times. There can be no confusion over which document or version to use - it's right there on the screen.”
The eLibrary can be tailored to reflect company branding and can also act similarly to an ‘intranet’ for the instructor team, as business-specific documents such as authorisations to operate, risk assessments, and standard operating procedures can be added.
“We like that the eLibrary is accessible through a tablet or a computer, giving access to a full and comprehensive training library without the inconvenience of heavy, bulky paper documentation,” says Mick Dyer.