Construction Plant Operative Apprenticeship
Duration: Minimum of 15 months
Structure: 13 weeks of training at the college, with further training where required, plus on-the-job experience
Location: Bircham Newton (Norfolk) and your workplace
Dates: Available on request
Funding: See 'Funding' below
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This apprenticeship course is for individuals who want to gain the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out the role of a plant operator in the construction industry.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to check, prepare and safely operate a variety of plant machines that are used onsite in the construction sector. On this apprenticeship, the individual will undertake a range of non-operational activities, such as checking, maintaining and cleaning machines. They will also learn to direct and guide other plant and vehicles, carrying out the role of a plant and vehicle marshaller, and help to load plant onto or off a transporter when it is delivered to another site.
This apprenticeship may give the individual the opportunity to progress to become a lead operator, supervisor or manager, or even set up their own contracting company in the future.
The course covers the following roles and categories of construction plant machinery:
You’ll learn knowledge, skills and behaviours in:
You’ll also focus on personal skills in:
Teaching and assessment
13 weeks of training and assessment delivered over a minimum of 15 months, with further training if required.
Block 1: 3–4 weeks
Block 2: 3–4 weeks
Block 3: 6–7 weeks
Block 4: 2 days
Qualifications you gain
- Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) trained operator card (red card)
- Level 1 Functional Skills
Methods of assessment
You’ll be regularly assessed via a range of different methods, and will be required to complete college-based and site-based activity journals. You’ll be given clear, direct and constructive feedback to enable you to make progress and successfully complete the course.
No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have GCSE grades A*-C in English, maths and technology.
To help us assess your suitability for the course, you'll need to:
- complete a skills learning exercise and possibly attend the college for further tests
- complete a questionnaire and take part in an informal discussion.
You’ll need to have:
- good communication skills
- a good level of physical fitness.
You will be paid while you learn.
The following CITB grants are available for employers to fund their apprentices on this course:
If you applied for your apprenticeship through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, only applicants aged between 16 and 18 who have not been placed on a training scheme before are guaranteed full funding.
How to apply
After this course
You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.