RTITB expands into Oman with accredited forklift organisation TATI
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Technical and Administrative Training Institute (TATI) is the first organisation in Oman to become accredited to provide RTITB workplace transport training.
As one of the largest private training organisations in the Sultanate of Oman, TATI is approved to deliver RTITB training to over half of the major oil companies including Shell, BP, and Oman Oil. Training is very important in Oman and the Middle East where the oil industry is the biggest in the market.
TATI has been providing training qualifications including technical national vocation qualifications, business related health and safety, driver training, lift truck operator training and plant equipment operator training since 1993.
RTITB accreditation ensures that companies provide training that meets the high safety standards set by RTITB. Recognised internationally, RTITB accreditation enables TATI to prove it meets these high standards, adding credibility to the already influential organisation.
“The RTITB courses are very detailed and have rigorous requirements” said Mani Sankar, General Manager at TATI. “They definitely have value and are not like other courses, particularly in the practical elements and demonstrations.”
Accredited training is a relatively new concept to organisations of Oman. The quality standards are set by the oil companies and recent years have seen expectations in terms of training on the rise. There is now legislation in place to help regulate training and check forklift licenses, so accreditation has become a vital requirement of the Oman oil industry.
Employees with RTITB accredited training are automatically listed on the RTITB database and can then use this international certificate to prove their skills when seeking work in other companies or countries.
On top of providing credibility to TATI and its employees, the recent RTITB accreditation has encouraged the company to build a new training facility and improve safety conditions for employees. TATI instructors and trainees now have a better knowledge of safety procedures and specific forklift truck features, which has improved the safety of employees in TATI’s workplace and could help to increase profit margins due to a reduction in damage to stock and equipment.
As the first organisation in Oman to become RTITB accredited, TATI has set the high standard for safety and skill based training within the Oman oil industry. This rise in requirements for credibility in Oman is a good sign for the employees who work in the ever growing oil industry, and will ensure that forklift truck safety is considered on an international level.
For more information about TATI, visit www.tatioman.com.
RTITB offers accreditation and training courses for operators, supervisors and managers through its network of international training organisations.
The company accredits 600 sites across the UK and Ireland for the delivery of materials handling equipment training and manages the largest Driver CPC Periodic Training consortium in the UK. RTITB also operates dedicated services for transport, warehousing and logistics instructors including a training academy, online shop and professional register.
For more information about RTITB please visit www.rtitb.co.uk
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”