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CITB revolutionises plant operator training with revolutionary technology

CITB revolutionises plant operator training with revolutionary technology

4 September 2017 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has made a major investment into revolutionary technology to help train the next generation of plant operators.

The £1.2m funding has seen 16 state of the art plant simulators move into CITB's National Construction College in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the UK.

These simulators will be used to train apprentices and trainees in a wide-range of plant machinery, including excavators, cranes, crawler dozers, telehandlers, tractors and dumper trucks. CITB plans to use this technology to train people for an even wider range of jobs in the future.

The simulators aim to provide a unique immersive experience for all learners, giving trainees

a chance to try out what the equipment is like before using the real thing. The simulators also electronically record progress and analyse how learners behave in different scenarios.

Graham McPhail, Head of Education and Training at CITB, said: "This is the first large-scale investment into plant simulator technology anywhere in the UK.

"New methods of technology are playing an increasingly important role in construction and this investment will help us modernise the way we train. It is really pleasing to see the added value the simulators provide to all our learners. I am very grateful to the LEP for their support in helping this to happen.

"CITB is committed to ensuring the right training is in place to produce the highly-skilled workforce required in our industry."