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Plant apprenticeship launched

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A new plant apprenticeship is about to be launched after three years in development. Learning will be spread over 15 months using four machines – excavator, dumper or dump truck, ride-on roller and forklift.

The ‘trailblazer’ scheme for construction plant operatives has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and is now being finalised for delivery to the industry.

Developed by a working group supported by the Construction Plant-hire Association, the scheme includes operator-level servicing and basic maintenance, as well as marshalling of plant. Most of the learning will be in the workplace although there is a requirement to have at least 20% learning ‘off the job’.

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The apprenticeship will be across four machine types.

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The final function of the working group was to refine the requirements to measure the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the apprenticeship. That process included activities on each machine type, including preparation checks as well as a marshalling activity, a test of technical knowledge and a professional discussion supported by a work record book.

Patrick Flannery of P Flannery Plant Hire, who chaired the working group, said: “After many years of developing this apprenticeship, we’re pleased to have passed the final hurdle in getting the assessment plan approved. This means that we can now prepare the apprenticeship for delivery. More than ever, we need to attract new talent and we hope industry will support our efforts and take up this important apprenticeship.”

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 7/5/2020