HEAVY duty vehicle lifting solutions provider Totalkare has launched an online training platform and is looking to train 5,000 candidates over the next year.
The Black Country company has spent 18 months developing the smart phone/tablet based programme which will give individuals the chance to complete two core modules (rules and regulations and safe use of ancillary equipment) before adding on an instructional unit on how to use the lifts in their workshop.
Feedback from 20 initial industry users has been impressive, say Totalkare, with many citing the flexibility of the course and a reduction in downtime caused by staff no longer being away from core roles.
Tristan Johnson, marketing and systems support manager, explained: ‘For some time now, Totalkare has been delivering CPD accredited training in mobile column lifts with the view to raising standards and cutting out accidents.
‘Over 300 candidates have been through our traditional course that lasted for half a day. The content was heavily praised, but we knew there was resistance from firms based around the fact they lost staff for a period of time and this caused staffing issues with getting jobs completed on their side.’
‘The issue of safety is not going away so we decided to come up with an alternative and believe our online platform will do just that. Candidates can complete one module at a time, leave it for a while and then go back another day. They can even do it in their own time if they wish.’
Totalkare has invested over £50,000 into the development of the technology, which also covers up to seven additional modules to reflect the amount of different lifts there are currently in operation in the UK.
The course takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete, with each section featuring a video and then a series of questions to answer. A lead person at each company will submit learner’s details to the system and will then have access to real-time data on how the individual is progressing.