Plant operators training commission

CITB invites bids from organisations who ensure the availability and competence of plant operators within the construction industry.

We aim to fund projects which develop new training provision to qualify plant operators. Projects should include a focus on immersive technologies to widen training access.

We are particularly interested in collaborative, industry-led approaches in training and assessment provision.

The plant sector has been reporting a shortage of plant operators for many years. This situation could potentially worsen as the number of construction projects increase and experienced operators retire.

In addition, the plant operators are less likely to hold appropriate qualifications. This inflates recruitment barriers due to a lack of evidenced skills and knowledge.

Training is not available in the areas where employers need to access it. However, the plant sector has considerable potential to utilise technology to increase the capacity for, and the quality of, training.

This opportunity could address many of the perceived barriers for individuals and employers in ensuring the workforce is competent and appropriately qualified.

We welcome applications from organisations that can develop employer-led solutions for improved plant provision in quality and capacity.

Organisations best placed to lead applications include:

  • Construction employers
  • Trade federations
  • Training and learning providers.

This intervention should enable the industry to increase the training and qualification offered to plant operators working in the construction sector. As a result of this investment,

  • There should be an increase in the number of training and qualified trainers and assessors working in the construction plant training sector.
  • Industry should have access to a broader range of plant provision, provision which utilises immersive technologies to making training accessible.
  • Industry should benefit from the increased quality of provision, resulting in a trained and qualified workforce.

The expression of interest window closed at 5pm on Friday 14 February 2020. 

The funding team will review your expression of interest and contact you.

You can submit your application between 6 January 2020 and 5pm 28 February 2020.

Please complete the expression of interest to progress to application.

We’re looking to understand:

  • how you will engage with the sector to train and quality plant operators
  • your experience in delivering plant training
  • your proposal to increase the breadth and quality of provision
  • the extent of the increase of the breadth of provision as a result of your proposal.

If your expression of interest progresses to an application, you will be provided with full guidance notes to support the completion of your application form.

Submit your application form no later than 5pm Friday 13 March 2020.

Join the webinar

We will be holding a webinar to review this opportunity and what CITB is seeking to understand through the application process.

We are holding a webinar on Tuesday 17 December at 1600, where you will have the opportunity to learn more and ask questions live.

You can see a recording of the webinar on youtube (47 minutes duration)

Watch the webinar video below, where Debbie Johnson explains the funding opportunity for plant operator training providers (duration 47 minutes)