Calling all engineers of tomorrow for our ‘Enduro Challenge’

BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) would like to invite schools to participate in an exciting engineering schools challenge. The challenge is open to secondary school students and involves designing and manufacturing an Electric powered Vehicle that will be driven around our endurance track.

There are 3 prizes to be won, Endurance, Design/Innovation and Entrepreneurship each receiving a cash prize. In addition the champions of the Endurance challenge will be able to send their team to visit a European Fork Lift Truck Manufacturing Plant. (Max of 10 students)

1. Endurance (distance travelled) – £5,000
2. Design/Innovation – £3,000
3. Entrepreneurship – £2,000

Due to the nature of the challenge we are limited to 25 finalists so each team will need to submit their designs where the top 25 will be chosen by the judges to go forward to the track event. (We can only accept one entrant per school)
The challenge has been developed to engage with the young engineers of our future and after the track day, all entrants will be invited to the IMHX Exhibition at the NEC where the winners will be revealed and the prizes awarded. This challenge has been heavily endorsed by manufacturers and suppliers within the fork lift truck industry, visit to see all the supporters involved.

This challenge can also be a good fundraising event for your school, for example getting the local community and pupils involved in sponsoring a mile or how many miles the vehicle will travel per hour.

To register your team, please email or call 01117 312 2025.

Rules & Regulations:
1. All entrants will be supplied with an identical battery. This MUST be the only source of power that is used to power the vehicle.
2. Vehicles MUST have 3 or 4 wheels that are on the ground at all times in a quad or tricycle design.
3. The vehicle must have brakes
4. Maximum speed of 10mph, Minimum speed of 4mph
5. Vehicle must have steering
6. Vehicle must have a seat and a seatbelt must be worn at all times
7. Driver must wear a helmet and protective clothing
8. Endurance will be assessed by distance travelled; under no circumstances should this challenge be viewed as a race.
9. Design must incorporate safeguards to prevent any hands, arms or any part of operator’s body from making contact with any dangerous moving parts
10. A minimum distance must be travelled of which entrants will be notified of on the day.
11. Entrants must be able to attend the race day scheduled 1st week of March 2013 and attend the IMHX (19th – 22nd March 2013)
12. Entrants will need to provide us with proposed design information prior to the event, this information must either be uploaded on YouTube or a paper based submission will need to reach us. Deadline 23rd November 2012.
13. When submitting your entry, please inform us of the local charity (if any) you wish to support for any planned fundraising activity.
14. Schools will be responsible for Health and Safety throughout this challenge.
15. Race track event will be indoors, full information will be circulated in due course
16. Challenge will be assessed by an independent panel from staff at City of Bristol College.
17. Prize money will be awarded to the school and not individuals.

*For full terms and conditions, please refer to our website and also the information pack that you will be presented with on entering this challenge.



Atlet Ltd manufacture, sell and service material handling equipment. Atlet have operated in the UK for over 50 years and they also operate world wide from the UK to New Zealand. The company are looking for 3 Apprentices to welcome to their experienced and friendly teams at 3 sites in the UK. The 3 sites that Atlet are recruiting for are Aylesford Kent, Nantwich Cheshire and Thame Oxfordshire.

The apprenticeship with Atlet will consist of a 4 year programme in which you will attend City of Bristol College in block release, 9 weeks a year. The apprenticeship will give you a nationally recognised Fork Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair Level 3; this will be rewarded by IMI.

This apprenticeship is a great opportunity for someone looking to start a career as a Fork Lift Truck Technician in a company that is well known for quality and customer focus.

To find out more and apply for this vacancy, please visit and search for ATLET today.

Big Bang Quiz: Day Three winners (17 March)

Congratulations to the final three winners in the BITA Academy Big Bang Quiz. On Day Three (Saturday 17 March) the fortunate trio comprised Carl Adams-Waite (aged 15), Nicole Preville (aged 13) and Tegan Morris (aged 13). We’ll contact your schools to arrange delivery of your prize Android tablet PCs with interchangeable covers.

Thanks again to everyone who visited our stand at the Big Bang Fair and hope we’ve inspired you to think seriously about a career in forklift truck engineering.

Big Bang Quiz: Day Two winners (16 March)

Congratulations to the second trio of winners in the BITA Academy Big Bang Quiz. On Day Two (Friday 16 March) the lucky people were Jessica O’Brien (aged 14), Matthew Halls (aged 17) and Jake Hyland (aged 14), all of whom will receive an Android Tablet PC with interchangeable covers. We’ll contact your schools to arrange delivery.

We had another great day at the Fair. Stay connected to us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

Big Bang Quiz: Day One winners (15 March)

Congratulations to the first three lucky winners of the BITA Academy Big Bang Quiz on Day One (Thursday 15 March). Katherine Johns (aged 13), Luke Tomkins (aged 14) and Hamish Tyler (aged 13) will all receive an Android Tablet PC with interchangeable covers. We’ll contact your schools to arrange delivery.

We had a great first day at the Big Bang Fair. Loads of future forklift engineers (we hope!) showed us their skills on the Briggs Equipment Warehouse Simulator.

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Calling tomorrow’s apprentices!

Welcome to the BITA Academy. Hello again if we’ve already met you at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair!

The forklift industry is actively looking out to recruit young people. 45% of senior managers in UK forklift truck companies started their careers as an engineering apprentice.

There has never been a better time to join the industry and begin a rewarding career.