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Construction Plant Operator Apprenticeship gets the green light

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has given the go-ahead for a new apprenticeship to encourage construction workers into the industry. The apprenticeship was the brainchild of an employer-led working group and is supported by the Construction Plant Hire Association.

The apprenticeship is expected to be a two-level multi-role occupation similar to the current ‘framework apprenticeship’. Learning will take place across 4 machines during a 12-month period and will include servicing and basic maintenance techniques and marshalling of plant equipment.

The expectation is that the Level 2 apprenticeship will give apprentices a good grounding on plant operations and supporting activities which they can build on as they enter the construction industry.

There are plans to develop a Level 3 apprenticeship to enable apprentices to extend their skills and knowledge to more specialist activities such as rail plant, demolition and tunneling.

The Level 2 course has been in the early planning stages since 2016 and could be an important step towards bridging the skills shortage that is starting to appear within the industry, which is likely to be compounded with Brexit.

Whilst it’s essential to Britain’s economy to encourage new blood into the construction industry and to provide a high level of training at an early stage, it’s also essential to remember the need to continue training for existing staff to ensure that they are up to date with best practice and operating construction plant and machinery in a safe manner.

Here at Mr Plant Hire, we provide IPAF training and PASMA training that can be carried out onsite, or at our London training centre. By delivering accredited training for IPAF and PASMA, we are helping organisations to upskill and retain their workforce, and providing new opportunities for construction workers to develop their skills.

To book a place on one of our training courses either onsite, or at our London training centre, give us a call on 0844 779 0211.

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