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COVID-19 UPDATE: RTITB Instructor Academy

News | 19th Jul 2021

UPDATE: 19 July 2021

In light of the easing of restrictions from Monday 19th July 2021, the RTITB Instructor Academy is keen to really pleased to confirm that LGV in-cab training will recommence on a 2:1 basis for:

  • LGV Instructor courses
  • LGV Assessor courses
  • LGV Fleet Instructor courses
  • Safe and Economic Driving Instructor courses

Classroom-based Driver CPC Instructor courses have been back in action since June however, the remote option  also remains available as it has been hugely popular.

All training facilities, including our classrooms and refreshment areas, will continue to be appropriately set up to minimise the risk of covid-transmission, and all of our Instructors will continue to take regular lateral flow tests. We strongly recommend that candidates do a lateral flow test no more than 36 hours before the start of a course and then throughout their course at three to four-day intervals.

We have also updated our candidate safety information:

Get in touch with us on +44 (0) 1952 520214 / academy@rtitb.com to book your course now. Please note we are now taking bookings in October and November and have very little earlier availability so it pays to plan ahead and secure the dates you want!

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UPDATED: 15 JUNE 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 14th June 2021, we can confirm that all LGV in-cab courses will continue to run on a 1:1 basis. Once final restrictions are eased, in-cab training will recommence on a 2:1 basis.

  • LGV Instructor courses
  • LGV Assessor courses
  • LGV Fleet Instructor courses

Classroom-based Driver CPC Instructor courses will remain rather than the all remote courses we have been doing over the last few months. However, the remote option will continue to remain available as it has been hugely popular.

All training facilities, including our classrooms, are appropriately set up following Covid-secure guidance, and all of our Instructors have regular lateral flow tests. We strongly recommend that candidates do a lateral flow test no more than 36 hours before the start of a course and then throughout the course at three to four day intervals.

Get in touch with us on 01952 520214 / academy@rtitb.com to book your dates now and avoid the post-lockdown rush.

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UPDATED: 12 APRIL 2021

We are really pleased to confirm that the RTITB Instructor Academy is now delivering the following LGV in-cab courses on a 1:1 basis:

  • LGV Instructor courses
  • LGV Assessor courses
  • LGV Fleet Instructor courses

We are also offering classroom-based Driver CPC Instructor courses rather than the all remote courses we have been doing over the last few months. However, the remote option will remain available as it has been hugely popular.

All training facilities, including our classrooms, are appropriately set up following Covid-secure guidance, and all of our Instructors have regular lateral flow tests. We strongly recommend that candidates do a lateral flow test no more than 36 hours before the start of a course and then throughout the course at three to four day intervals.

Get in touch with us on 01952 520214 / academy@rtitb.com to book your dates now and avoid the post-lockdown rush.

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UPDATED: 8 MARCH 2021

We have just received an update from DVSA confirming the restart of in-vehicle/cab LGV training from the 12th April 2021 in England – subject to restrictions being eased as planned in the Government roadmap.

We are really pleased to confirm that from 12th April we will be able to restart delivering the following courses for you:

  • LGV Instructor courses
  • LGV Assessor courses
  • LGV Fleet Instructor courses

We will also be offering classroom-based Driver CPC Instructor courses rather than all remote courses as we have been doing over the last few months – though of course the remote option will remain as it has been hugely popular.

We’re waiting to hear from the Scottish and Welsh Governments, who are setting out similar plans to the UK Government.

Get in touch with us on 01952 520214 / academy@rtitb.com to book your dates now and avoid the post-lockdown rush.

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UPDATED: 23 FEBRUARY 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 22nd February 2021 and the publication of GOV.UK COVID-19 Response Spring 21, DVSA have issued the following statement:

“In line with the Government’s roadmap announcement, driving and theory tests will resume no earlier than 12th April 2021. DVSA is working closely with the Government and will provide more information as soon as we are able to do so on other tests, lessons and training.” 

This means that all LGV Instructor, Assessor and Fleet Instructor practical training will continue to be postponed until 12th April 2021. All remote theory training, remote DCPC Instructor courses and Lift Truck Instructor courses will continue.

We understand that the RTITB Instructor Academy may receive further briefings next week, we will be sure to keep you updated on further news/changes.

If you do have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please do get in touch with us on 01952 520214 or academy@rtitb.com.

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UPDATED: 11 FEBRUARY 2021

We have received an update from DVSA advising that in-cab training cannot take place until restrictions are lifted and that all practical and theory tests are being cancelled in England up to and including 24 February 2021. This means we cannot run LGV Instructor, LGV Assessor or LGV Fleet Instructor courses until restrictions are lifted. DVSA are cancelling all practical and theory tests in England up to and including 24 February 2021.

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UPDATED: 4 FEBRUARY 2021

Following recent safety announcements, we have updated our candidate safety information and risk assessments:

If you do have any questions or concerns about these courses, please do get in touch with us on 01952 520214 or academy@rtitb.com.

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UPDATED: 6 JANUARY 2021

Following the recent announcements about the UK national lockdown, we can confirm that the following restrictions have been put into place at the RTITB Instructor Academy.

Driver CPC Instructor Courses

Our Driver CPC Instructor Courses will be carried out remotely via video link to a live instructor. All Driver CPC classroom training has been suspended until the restrictions are lifted. We will be contacting all candidates booked onto a course to move to full remote delivery or to postpone the training (whichever you prefer).

LGV Instructor/ LGV Assessor/Fleet Instructor Courses

The DVSA has advised that in-vehicle training is suspended until the restrictions are lifted. Candidates booked onto a course will be contacted to either postpone or re-arrange.

We do offer the option of attending remote theory training prior to attending the practical course – reducing the required in-person training time and allowing part of the training to continue. If you would like to know more about this option please contact us at academy@rtitb.com.

If you do have any questions or concerns about these courses, please do get in touch with us on 01952 520214 or academy@rtitb.com.

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UPDATED: 23 DECEMBER 2020

Following the recent announcements about Tier/Level 4 areas,  we are expecting further Tier/Level 4 announcements over the coming days/weeks. In preparation for this, the position for each of our Instructor courses is outlined below. If the course you are attending/interested in is not shown please contact us for further information. 

The RTITB Instructor Academy is currently located in a Tier 3 area. If we move to a Tier 4, we will be staying open to provide necessary training services. We are able to provide covid secure training at our centre in Telford, Shropshire and on your premises subject to a satisfactory review of your covid protocols, systems of work and risk assessments.

Lift Truck Instructor Courses

The HSE has made clear that essential/urgent training can and should continue. You will therefore need to determine if the instructor training you are proposing to attend is essential/urgent. If you deem it essential/urgent we are able to provide a covid secure environment for your training to take place and you can attend as scheduled.

As per the HSE guidance you should also consider how you can reduce face to face contact, for example we offer the option of attending 2 days remote theory training prior to attending an 8 day practical course – reducing the required in-person training time by 20%. If you would like to know more about this option please contact us.

The HSE has advised that workers engaged in necessary training activities may travel:

  • within a Tier 4 area
  • out of a Tier 4 area
  • to a Tier 4 area from a Tier 1, 2, or 3 area

LGV Instructor/ LGV Assessor/Fleet Instructor Courses

The DVSA has advised that in-vehicle training must not take place in Tier 4 areas, that we must not travel to deliver in-vehicle training in a Tier 4 area, nor should people travel out of a Tier 4 area to attend in-vehicle training. Therefore if we are coming to you to deliver training and your area is moved to Tier 4 or you are coming to the Academy and it is moved to Tier 4 your course will be postponed and we will contact you to re-arrange.

We do offer the option of attending remote theory training prior to attending the practical course – reducing the required in-person training time and allowing part of the training to continue. If you would like to know more about this option please contact us at academy@rtitb.com.

Driver CPC Instructor Courses

Our Driver CPC Instructor Courses can be delivered fully remotely via video link. Therefore if we are coming to you to deliver Driver CPC Instructor training and your area is moved to Tier 4 or you are coming to the Academy and it is moved to Tier 4 we will contact you to move the course to full remote delivery or to postpone the training (whichever you prefer).

Yardshunter/Banksman Instructor Courses

A large part of these courses are delivered outside and do not take place in-vehicle. Therefore this training (if deemed essential/urgent) can continue. You will need to determine if the training you are proposing to attend is essential/urgent. If you deem it essential/urgent we are able to provide a covid secure environment for your training to take place and you can attend as scheduled.

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UPDATED:  2 DECEMBER 2020

As of Wednesday 2nd December, a local restriction tier system was put into place. Unsure what this means for you and your business? This can differ widely depending on where you are in the UK and the current R rate. Find out more on the Government’s website.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

The RTITB Instructor Academy will close at 3.30pm on 23rd December and will reopen at 9am on 4th January.

Though restrictions for January 2021 onwards are not yet confirmed, the RTITB Instructor Academy intends to remain open if Government guidelines permit. We believe it is vital for safety to continue to offer all courses, albeit in a Covid-secure or remote online manner. We will be keeping fully informed on HSE guidance and Government restrictions and will update customers as we hear any further developments.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Booked an Instructor course?

See updated candidate safety information and risk assessments below:

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UPDATED: 2 NOVEMBER 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a second UK national lockdown commencing on 5th November 2020 for four weeks, we would like to reassure our customers that the RTITB Instructor Academy will be staying open, unless the Government or HSE (Health and Safety Executive) explicitly instruct us to close.

Those working in transport and logistics Instructor roles are even more vital during lockdown. We believe that providing these keyworkers with training in a COVID-secure environment is an essential part of ensuring that safe and compliant practices can continue.

The practical Instructor training that we provide at the Academy is a critical part of an Instructor’s education and qualification and it cannot be done from home. Therefore, this important training can, and must, continue. We have multiple COVID-secure measures in place to protect our practical training candidates.

However, we are continuing to offer remote theory training as an option, so that in-person, face-to-face training time can be minimised, and risks can be reduced as far as possible. These are live courses with an experienced trained in a virtual classroom and have proven popular in recent months.  We are also able to offer full Driver CPC Instructor courses on a fully remote basis.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help your training continue with our remote courses. You can also reach our team on +44 (0)1952 520214.

We expect the coming weeks to be very busy as people may look to rework planned training schedules or switch to remote theory courses, so we appreciate your patience and reassure you that we will respond to any enquiries as quickly as we can. Thanks for your ongoing support during these ever-changing circumstances.

Booked an Instructor course?

See candidate safety information and risk assessments below:

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UPDATED: 23 SEPTEMBER 2020

Following the statement from the Prime Minister on Tuesday 22 September, we want to reassure you that we put the safety of all delegates attending training at the RTITB Instructor Academy at the heart of what we do. The government has made clear that training is exempt from the ‘Rule of 6’ and should continue in a COVID-secure manner. Read more here.

The transport and logistics sector provides an absolutely essential service and are clearly identified as key workers, so training is still extremely important so that we all remain safe.  We will be running all of our courses, including Lift Truck and Driver CPC instructor courses for a maximum of 6 delegates, and LGV Instructor/Assessor courses on a 1:1 basis. Yardshunter and Banksman instructor courses can be ran at usual ratios as large portions of the courses take place outside.

We know some of you may want to shield or reduce risk for your teams where possible, therefore as well as our traditional in-person courses, we will be running full Driver CPC instructor courses on a remote basis and providing remote theory training for LGV assessor, instructor and fleet instructor courses as well as lift truck instructor. If you would like to know more about our remote courses please call us on 01952 520214 or contact us

You can download candidate safety information below:

Or view our course risk assessments below:

We thank you all for your continued support and patience throughout these highly unusual circumstances.

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UPDATED: 14 SEPTEMBER 2020

In recent weeks we have seen a much higher than usual level of phone calls to the RTITB Instructor Academy as organisations resume training.  As we continue to work with a reduced team, this may mean that on some occasions your call to the Academy will be directed to an answerphone. However, our team members are doing everything they can to respond to all enquiries and calls in as timely manner as is currently possible.

The Academy team is committed to responding to voicemails within 4 hours, and any email enquiries should receive an answer within a maximum of 4 working days (although often much sooner!).

We know these small delays in reaching us may be inconvenient at times, but please rest assured that our team is here for you, working hard to provide a high level of support as we all adapt to ongoing changes and challenges.  Should you have any questions or feedback, please do contact us. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.

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UPDATED: 22 JULY 2020

The RTITB Instructor Academy is now able to run Lift Truck instructor courses for a maximum of 6 delegates, Driver CPC Instructor courses for 6 delegates and LGV Instructor and Assessor courses on a 1:1 basis with safe practices in place. Yardshunter and Banksman instructor courses can be ran at usual ratios as large portions of the courses take place outside.

Download candidate safety information below:

View the Instructor Academy risk assessments below:

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UPDATE: 3 April 2020

Instructor courses – essential

The RTITB Instructor Academy is able to run a range of courses at its centre in Telford, the West Midlands or at customer premises upon request (and subject to risk assessment) on a 1:1 basis (or 2:1:1 for Lift Truck instructor courses). These courses are for those working in essential parts of the supply chain.

Remote Driver CPC Instructor courses

We are running Driver CPC Instructor courses fully remotely starting 20th April 2020. Hurry, the first courses are proving popular with only 2 places left (at time of writing). More dates will follow.

Booking routine Instructor courses at the RTITB Instructor Academy

The RTITB Instructor Academy is not running routine courses at the centre in Telford, the West Midlands at the moment.
We are taking bookings for instructor courses as usual for July 2020 onwards. Note that these courses are getting full quickly, so it’s worth booking now if you have plans to do courses later in the year.

Remote Instructor theory training

We are running Instructor theory training courses remotely (via video link) for five of our most popular courses.
This will suit those who are furloughed and want to make a start, or for businesses who want their employees to become instructors but don’t want them to travel at the moment. Doing the course in smaller chunks could also be beneficial for people who get a little overwhelmed by one longer course.

Candidates attending this remote theory training will then have 9 months to complete their practical training. Although we strongly recommend this is done within 6 months to reduce the impact of knowledge fade. All prices are shown excluding VAT.

1. Lift Truck Instructor Initial– 2 days, up to 4 people
£365pp
Candidate would then come and do 8 days – £1,095 (along with up to 5 other people on the course)
First course starts 20th April

2. LGV Assessor Initial – 2 days, up to 4 people
£365pp
Candidate would then come and do 3 days on 1:1 basis – £2,188 (includes NRI exam fees)
First course starts 23rd April

3. LGV Instructor Initial – 3 days, up to 2 people
£820pp
Candidate would then come and do 4 days on 1:1 basis – £2,784 (includes NRI exam fees)
First course starts 27th April

4. LGV Instructor Conversion – 2 days, up to 2 people
£547pp
Candidate would then come and do 3 days on 1:1 basis £2,188 (includes NRI exam fees)
First course starts 20th April

5. LGV Fleet Instructor Initial – 2 days, up to 2 people
£547pp
Candidate would then come and do 3 days on 1:1 basis £1,788
First course starts 30th April

Find out more on 01952 520214 / 07921 453816 / 07549 044206 / academy@rtitb.com. Please note we are on reduced operating hours – times as follows

Monday – Wednesday 8am – 4pm, Thursday 9am – 3pm, Friday 8am-Midday

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