HTF Skills Academy

Our History

Established in 1989 by Dave Bromley, our family-run business has grown from a single-vehicle operation to become a trusted name in the HIAB specialist loader training industry.

We’ve achieved significant milestones, including pioneering specialised HIAB transport services and actively contributing to industry standards through our association with the Road Haulage Association. Our commitment to excellence extends to our membership in the Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) since 2017.

In 2019, we celebrated our 30th anniversary by expanding our fleet and renewing our commitment to sustainability. As we continue to shape the future of HIAB training, our multi-generational team ensures that our legacy of expertise and dedication remains at the forefront of our industry.

Where to find us

Our skills academy is based out of Audenshaw, Manchester. Our training centre is designed to provide an immersive and hands-on learning experience for all our HIAB-specialised training courses. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to enhance your skills or a newcomer eager to start a career in lorry loading operations, our location offers the ideal environment for your training needs. We can deliver Forklift training at our customer location. Join us at HTF Skills Academy and discover the path to mastering HIAB operations. 

Our Story

Learn more about the history and developments at HTF Skills Academy:


- 1989

Founded in 1989 by Dave Bromley, our family business began with a single vehicle and operated from Hill Top Farm. Initially known as D. Bromley and Sons, we embarked on a journey towards excellence.

First Customer

- Aggreko Generators

Our first major milestone was securing Aggreko Generators as our inaugural customer. They operated from their Manchester depot, marking the initiation of our dedication to delivering high-quality transportation services.

Specialisation in HIAB Transport

- Leading HIAB specialists

We recognised an opportunity to excel in HIAB transport services, offering a unique and specialised solution to the industry. For an extended period, we proudly managed the largest HIAB in the northwest, affectionately known as ‘Mother.’

Involvement in Industry Associations

- Improving Industry Standards

We have actively participated in industry associations, most notably the Road Haulage Association. Our contributions extended to management roles within the Northern Regional Council, where we actively influenced industry standards.

Expansions and Relocations

- Moving to Chadderton

Our business has grown significantly over the years, necessitating several relocations. We moved from Hill Top Farm to Mossley, followed by a transition to Neild Street in Oldham, and ultimately established our skills academy based out of Audenshaw, Manchester.

Leadership Transition

- 2011

Lance Bromley took on the role of Transport Manager, marking a new era of leadership and dedication to our business. HTF Skills Academy remains a testament to family dedication, with three generations actively involved in the company’s operations and success.

ALLMI Membership

- 2017

We became proud members of the Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI), further emphasising our commitment to excellence and safety in our services.

30th Anniversary Celebration

- 2019

Our 30th anniversary marked a significant milestone, accompanied by the expansion of our fleet to 16 vehicles. Plans for continual growth and fleet renewal were initiated, aligning with our dedication to sustainability and environmentally responsible practices.

Skills Academy is Formed

- 2023

The journey of HTF Skills Academy began with a collective passion for elevating safety standards and proficiency in the operation of forklifts and lorry loaders.

RTITB Forklift Certified

- 2023

At HTF Skills Academy, we take immense pride in being recognised by the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) as a symbol of excellence in forklift training.

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Our Courses

At HTF Skills Academy, we are committed to delivering a learning experience that is both enriching and empowering, setting a solid foundation for your future endeavours in the industry. Your pathway to becoming a skilled Lorry Loader and Forklift Operator begins here at the HTF Skills Academy. With a well-rounded course outline and hands-on experience facilitated by industry veterans, we set the stage for you to excel in your role as a Lorry Loaders & Forklift Operators.

Take the decisive step towards a promising career by enrolling in our courses today. Let’s lift your skills to new heights, ensuring safety and efficiency in every lift.

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5 Star Rated Training

At HTF Skills Academy, we are proud to provide the highest quality HIAB and Forklift training.

Lee Shaw
Highly knowledgable, well informed. Comfortable surroundings. Great equipment and skills.
andrew seddon
Graham is an excellent instructor, who makes the training interesting and also shares his extensive knowledge of the industry. He has trained some of our employees, in the use of hiabs and flts, both novice and experienced operators. As a company we would have no hesitation in recommending, his training services.
Trev Walker
Excellent service, Graham went above and beyond to provide the best service possible.
Lee Hart
Fantastic guys and great service. Loved doing my HIAB Training here. Would highly recommend.