A forklift donated by Cat Lift Trucks and delivered by Impact to support the work of Industrial Training Centre (ITC), a partner of Transaid, in Zambia has already helped 80 people qualify as fork lift truck operators.
The three-tonne DP30N machine was specially tailored by Impact to protect it against dusty environments before it was gifted to the Professional Driver Training Project, which works to provide UK-standard training in Africa.
Fork lift truck trainer Grieves Kachingwe explains: “The generous donation from Impact means we are able to train a greater number of operators, and give them more in-depth knowledge of operating forklift trucks. Once they qualify as trainers, they will be able to pass that knowledge on to their students, so it really is an invaluable gift.”
Kachingwe, who is based at the ITC, has first-hand knowledge of the project’s importance, having completed Transaid’s training programme in 2010.
He said: “Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Project has helped me to develop a worthwhile and rewarding career. It’s satisfying to be able to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years and ensure students can operate machines efficiently and safely.”
Since entering service in January, the fork lift truck has supported the training of 80 students.
In addition to donating the DP30N, Impact’s lead fork lift truck instructor, Mark Prickett, spent a week in Zambia training ITC staff in correct maintenance procedures. Impact’s partner, First Industrial Tyres – a specialist in industrial fitments – has also donated a new set of tyres for the fork lift truck.
Impact has provided corporate support to Transaid since January 2015, including annual financial support which contributes to the testing and implementation of new ideas and pilot projects. Impact has also raised awareness of Transaid’s work among its staff, as well as donating employee time and equipment.
Transaid aims to raise the quality of life for people in the economically developing world by improving or implementing local transport systems, providing comprehensive HGV, PSV and fork lift truck operator training, and promoting road safety awareness.