In our last post we explored the subject of the vital importance of manual handling training and discussed how organisations find it highly beneficial to invest in their own in-house manual handling trainers.

As well as saving on the cost and disruption of sending manual handlers out on external courses, keeping the training in-house means it is tailored to your specific working practices and can be refreshed as often as you like with no additional cost courtesy of your own personnel who have undergone training.

We also looked at how it is essential to consider certain points when choosing your manual handling train the trainer course provider, presenting three key elements to look for.

In this follow-up article, we are taking a look at three more crucial points which we hope will make it even clearer for you when making your selection.

Point 4: Practical Training

We covered the importance of engaging training in our last article, but let’s look now at practical training. Classroom tutorials where a trainer simply talks at participants and shows them a few videos are a total waste of time and money. Not only will they miss the vital engagement we talked about, they’ll also fail to equip potential new trainers with the practical, hands-on skills and experience they need to pass on to others. Look for an interactive course where participants actually get to grips with real and relevant manual handling tasks.

Point 5: Risk Assessment

A very important element of manual handling safety is risk assessment: without a tailored assessment of the risks of the task in hand, how can a decision be made on how to approach it? Unfortunately, as reported in an article we published in July concerning how a lack of manual handling risk assessments had led to tragic outcomes, many organisations use generic risk assessments that contain little or no detail. However, as we said, risk assessments can save lives and manual handling trainers MUST know how to conduct them, which is why it is vital that the course you choose includes a manual handling risk assessment element.

Point 6: Instructor Pack

What is a trainer without training materials? A course that sends participants off with nothing more than a transcript of the day is of little use to anyone. If you want your new in-house trainers returning armed with everything they need to design, develop and deliver effective manual handling training, be sure to choose a course that provides them with a comprehensive pack including lesson plans, a course manual and other useful items.


The ORIGINAL City & Guilds Accredited Manual Handling Train the Trainer Course

Alistair Bromhead Limited offers the ORIGINAL City & Guilds accredited programme: manual handling training the trainer course, and has been working with the City & Guilds accredited centre of Proskills Global for over 12 years on such courses.

The programme offers a tried and tested approach with an established reputation that has been refined over the years. It incorporates practical, interactive training delivered by highly experienced trainers. Participants leave equipped with the technical knowledge, training skills and course materials they need to deliver manual handling training at an effective level. An exclusive instructor pack is provided containing not just a course manual and lesson plans but also slide presentations, a sample test, risk assessment form and details of training aid suppliers.

To book a course, or to request more information about the course content, 0800 710 1099 or email