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 (Norfolk) and your workplace
Dates: Continuous start dates available
Funding: See Grants and funding below
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This apprenticeship course is for individuals who wish to gain the relevant Knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out the role of a plant operator in the construction industry, this apprenticeship includes undertaking the role of a plant and vehicle marshal.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to check, prepare and safely operate a variety of plant machines that are used on-site in the construction sector. On this apprenticeship, the individual will further undertake a range of non-operational activities such as the checking, maintaining and cleaning of the machine. They will also learn to direct and guide other plant and vehicles, carry out checks on the work they do and finally help to load their plant onto or off a transporter when being delivered to another site.
This gives the individual the potential opportunity to progress to become a lead operator, supervisor, manager, or even set up their own contracting company.
The course covers practical principles in:
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
Apprentices will be regularly assessed via a range of different methods and will be required to complete college and site-based activity journals. Apprentices will be given clear, direct and constructive feedback to enable them to progress to a successful completion.
Mandatory entry requirements
No formal requirements, but it’s useful to have Maths and English GCSE Grades 3-9 or D-A.
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.
After this course
You can be assessed for higher NVQs at the National Construction College. We provide details to all trainees.