Toyota Material Handling UK is providing free on-site training to Re-Instate, a social enterprise based in Kent which works to improve employment opportunities for disadvantaged people.
Re-Instate is a registered charity and social enterprise that enhances the lives of local people experiencing mental distress, or with a learning disability. This is achieved through an innovative range of supported employment and learning services. Workshops at Re-Instate offer commercial work that helps people retrain, prepare and search for work.
The operator training from Toyota Material UK Handling took place at the charity's Kent office. Toyota previously trained members from the charity last year and was impressed with the support that was being provided to its users. Toyota decided to provide an additional training session free of charge to help support the organisation.
The users of the charity received training on how to operate powered stackers safely. Toyota also provided free safety resources that including personal protective equipment and safety posters.
Simon Hart, Business Manager, explains: “Work at the social enterprise includes packing and despatching goods. A recent job for a blue chip media company involved receiving 25 separate pallets in a short time frame, which we repacked into canvas goody-bags, and delivered for a prestigious awards ceremony in London. The truck gets plenty of use and training was needed to make sure we were using the truck safely and productively.
“We were overwhelmed with the professionalism of Marc (Paxford, Toyota's Operator Training Manager). He took his time to make sure each operator understood how to operate the truck. This seemed a simple task for Marc as his knowledge of the product was first-rate.”
Toyota offers operator training on a wide range of material handling equipment at all levels from novice to advance, refresher to train-the trainer. Groups and individuals on all makes and models can train on-site or at one of its fully-equipped facilities across the UK.
Marc Paxford said: “We are dedicated to improving safety within the workplace and once we were made aware of the excellent work Re-instate offer the local community we wanted to help.
“All people on a site – operators and supervisors - are responsible for site safety and ensuring processes are carried out effectively. As a supplier of material handling equipment, we also feel responsible for operator’s safety. This is given additional importance when the operators have little or no experience of operating material handling equipment. The training course was well received and a great day was had by all.”