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New Plant Operator Apprenticeship under Development

New Plant Operator Apprenticeship under Development

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has approved plans to develop an apprenticeship scheme for Construction Plant Operatives.

The industry-led group who made the submission are now preparing to develop the relevant standards and assessment plan, with the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) providing administrative support to the programme.

The working group will be developing a level 2 multi-role occupation similar to the current 'framework' apprenticeship where learning will take place with four machines over a twelve-month period to act as the stepping stones into the sector and occupation. The proposed content includes learning on servicing and basic maintenance techniques as well as marshalling of plant, providing apprentices with an overall understanding of plant operations and supporting activities. Although there is a requirement to have at least 20% of the learning on the job, the majority of learning will be undertaken within the workplace.

The working group further intends to apply to develop a level 3 specialist plant operator occupation to allow the transfer from the level 2 to a level 3 and provide the skills needed for specialist activities such as rail plant, demolition, tunnelling etc.

Discussing the plans, Patrick Flannery, Co-Chair of the working group commented "We are very pleased to have finally received approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships after a lot of meetings with them over the last year to come up with an acceptable format. We are now eager to start the development process and design an apprenticeship that meets our industry's needs and entices new people into the industry".

The working group consists of a number of employers representing the scope of construction plant operations and co-chaired by both P Flannery Plant Hire and the Hawk Plant. Members are providing their time to develop this important apprenticeship and additional employers are welcome to join the group. Those interested should contact Peter Brown on 0207 796 3366 or at peter.brown@cpa.uk.net.