We have worked in partnership with the Highways Agency and Cormac to develop an apprenticeship programme in groundworks that will prepare you for a career in this sector. There is a significant skills gap with the development of the Hinkley Point C project with a massive demand for skilled operatives, offering you great career opportunities.
To become qualified in plant operations via the apprenticeship route you will need to complete a Level 2 qualification. We offer two routes, one broad construction plant operating qualification and another that is more specifically about groundworks with a civil engineering focus. The route you choose will depend on your employer’s business focus and your personal ambitions.
This one-year Level 2 apprenticeship provides you with a broad introduction to all aspects of plant operations and driving.
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You would like to operate construction plant machinery on controlled sites.
GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and maths and an employer willing to hire you as an apprentice.
Training usually one day per week at college we will ensure you are up to date with the latest legislation and health and safety practice and get all the skills you need to work driving and operating plant machinery.
You will get to train on a range of machinery including
excavators, forklifts, dumpers, telehandlers and road rollers.
To build a portfolio of evidence with your workplace assessor and attend college one day per week.
Learning the skills necessary to gain the Construction Plant Competence Certificate (CPCS) operator's card.
Into the workplace as a qualified construction plant operative with a starting salary of approximately £22,000.
Careers in this industry
- Demolition operative
- Forklift driver
- Crane specialist
- Dozer operator
- Plant operator
- Mobile plant technician
- 360 excavator operator
Chris Neve PROGRAMME MANAGER | PLANT OPS
Chris worked in site management for over 15 years and then taught construction elsewhere for another 12 years. Chris joined the plant operations team at Duchy College in 2017.
“Working with students from different backgrounds and ages can sometimes be a challenge, but it is one that I really enjoy. Seeing that smile on a student’s face, when they manage to
achieve something for the first time, is still the biggest buzz I can have as a teacher.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.