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TTA Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to the second edition of the 2020 TTA monthly newsletter.  We hope you’ve all managed to survive the storms and turbulence that Nature has thrown at us recently, and that you’re all looking forward to a brighter and warmer Spring. Here are a few of the stories and highlights that have happened at the company over the course of February.    

TTA February Highlights

TTA celebrates another successful CILT audit

TTA is delighted to announce that it has once again been awarded accreditation as a Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport/CILT (UK) Centre – the recognised professional body representing the Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics Industries worldwide.  We’re naturally proud to receive re-accreditation from such prestigious bodies, but also satisfied because we see the award as a testament that not only are we delivering high quality logistics training, but we’re also delivering it in the right way.

So, what exactly is CILT(UK) and why is accreditation so important?

CILT(UK) is a membership organisation association for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. First established in 1919, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK is a registered charity and part of the CILT international family with over 33,000 members in countries across the world. Its mission is to enable innovation, excellence and value creation for both individuals and corporate bodies by being the leading membership organisation and education provider within its professional community.

Why is membership such a big deal for TTA? Well, apart from giving us access to many more valuable resources, like Supply Chain Insight and the Knowledge Centre Information Service, membership and accreditation also means that we can successfully deliver the Management CPC – the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) for Transport Managers in Road Haulage and Passenger Transport. Membership of CILT also reinforces TTA’s commitment to aspire to even greater levels of educational attainment, professional competence and continuing professional development. Through our membership of CILT we can offer an even better and more- comprehensive professional development training service, with packages tailored around the specific needs and requirements of both our individual clients and corporate customers.

TTA Trainer, John Kendrick, completes his NRI

TTA is delighted to announce that John Kendrick, our Head of Teaching and Learning, has recently met the high standards and has subsequently been awarded a place on the National Register of Instructors (NRI). Everyone at the company would like to congratulate John on this significant achievement.

The National Register of LGV Instructors is led by the road transport industry and is the only DVSA- endorsed instructor and assessor register developed by the industry for the industry.

The not-for-profit register is operated by RTITB [Road Transport industry Training Board] and supported by the Freight Transport Association and Road Haulage Association:  all of whom oversee the standards and future development of the register.

Entry to the register is via examination of which there are 4 parts: a theory test, a practical driving ability test, in-cab lesson delivery and delivery of a classroom-based lesson.

Transport Training Academy is an approved exam centre for the DVSA and is endorsed by the NRI. John believes that not only is this success a great personal accolade, but that it also reflects positively on the reputation of the company. With John’s new accreditation, Transport Training Academy can continue to deliver the same high, professional standards that it has always prided itself on.

Salford Academy Visit

TTA Directors David Coupe and Rachael Scanlin-Davis recently paid a visit to one of the region’s local schools – The Salford City Academy. Rachael and David took one of the company’s trucks along and gave a presentation to over 100 of the Academy’s pupils.

On the day the students were told about what everyday life is like in logistics, what to expect and what sort of careers and future students might find should they decide to pursue a career in the industry.

Lauren Monks, Aspiration lead at Salford City Academy commented on the day:

“The day was a huge success and many students commented on how enjoyable they found your session, particularly the visit to the truck. Students also commented that they hadn’t realised that there were so many roles withing the logistics sector and it had given them new prospects to consider.”

David and Rachael also had a great time there and certainly felt that the students enjoyed the presentation and found the information they were given both helpful and illuminating. Hopefully, one day we’ll see some of those students forging careers in logistics and hopefully attending training courses at TTA.

James Pollard: how is training at TTA?

James Pollard is one of the many successful candidates who pass through the doors at Transport Training Academy. He arrived at the company for training after serving 17 years in the Armed Forces and several years as a stay-at-home Dad. James was looking for a career with prospects and stability and wanted to make more use of the driver training he’s received during his time in the Army. So, the obvious progression to kick start his career was logistics training, and there was no better place to do that than at TTA’s Headquarters in Atherton.

When did you do your Warehouse and Storage qualification?

“I started that qualification in December. It was a 4-week training course and I found it really interesting and useful.  As well as the Warehouse and Storage element of the course I also did training on FLT. The training was first rate throughout. The FLT training was carried out by Mark and the Warehouse and Storage and Personal development training was carried out by Stuart.

You’re now studying and training for your DGV qualification: how’s that going?

“Yes, I’m now 2 weeks into the 4-week course and training for my DGV qualification and my CPC. I’m training under Julie Kirkham and Brian Jackson with Brian doing the CPC element of the course. The course is going really well so far and I’m learning new stuff all the time.”

Why have you chosen to pursue a career in logistics?

“I’m a former military man who served in the Army for a number of years. After I left the forces, I was a stay-at-home parent and carer for a few years, but I reached the point where I knew I needed to get back out there and do something different. It made sense to go back to, and capitalise, on the driving qualifications I got from the Army. Obviously to drive LGVs for a living I’d need the relevant qualifications and CPC, hence my recent training at TTA.”

How have you found your training experience at TTA?

“It’s been brilliant. All the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Any problems they’ll deal with them right away or point you in the direction of someone who can. They’ve all been lovely people to deal with and it’s been a pleasure to come here and learn with them.”

Would you recommend TTA training to others looking for a career in the logistics industry?

“I would strongly recommend TTA. It’s not just because Transport Training Company have signed up for, and believe in, the Armed Forces Covenant; it’s also because they know what they’re doing and are really skilled at delivering top-quality training.”

“I’ve still got friends in the military who will be coming out soon, and I’ll definitely be recommending TTA training to them. I won’t just be recommending training to other lads based in the North West: I’ll recommend it to everyone. As far I I’m concerned it’s worth travelling that extra distance when you can get training as good as this.”

Congratulations to all Candidates who have been successful with TTA this month












Celebrate TTA's Latest success stories...

Aaron Cochran


Well Done to Aaron Cochran for passing his CAT C with us on 21st February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Ryan Talbot


Well Done to Ryan Talbot for passing his B+E with us on 21st February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Christopher Murnaghan

Transport Manager CPC

Well Done to Christopher Murnaghan for passing his Transport Manager CPC with us in February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Andrew Meanley


Well Done to Andrew Meanley for passing his CAT C with us on 14th February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

Paul Donoghue


Well Done to Paul Donoghue for passing his C+E with us on 14th February 2020. Congratulations from all at #TTA

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