plant operator training

Ground engineering company, Van Elle has revealed it will offer specialist plant operator training from its base in Kirby, Ashfield

Van Elle has added a new Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) facility at its base in Kirkby, Ashfield expanding its training and assessment centre.

The expansion of the training centre means Van Elle are able to offer training for operating specialist plant, machinery and vehicles from its main site after gaining accreditations from specialist awarding bodies National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) and CPCS.

Van Elle will begin delivering CPCS courses immediately with support for more than 50 endorsements including on site categories such as forward tipping dumpers, telescopic handlers, signallers and lifting operations as well as offsite categories such as concrete pumps and piling rigs.

Van Elle training centre manager, Mark Buxton, said: “We’ve modified our training centre to be able to offer these new categories so that we can enhance the training and development of our own people as well as supporting our industry to continue to learn new skills.

“When the centre opened, the idea was that we could offer flexible and expert training for internal and external customers, and this latest project allows us to offer even more.

“It’s not just for people in the ground engineering industry, we’re training people in a wide range of skills that can be taken across construction including areas such as health and safety, civil engineering, NVQs and apprenticeships, plant training, driver training and much more.”

Training in the mist of Covid-19

A £1m purpose-built training and assessment centre facility opened in 2017. It had to shut earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, it has since reopened with strict guidelines in place for learners to stay safe while continuing their training and the extension will enable workers to gain quality training.

Mark Buxton added: “Due to Covid-19, we have introduced several steps to keep our learners safe at the centre including one-way systems, reduced class sizes and we’ve increased the cleaning on site.

“I’m really proud of how the team have reacted to the situation and I’m pleased that we’ve not had to increase our prices despite the reduced class sizes.”

The training centre offers a wide range of training courses and services, working with educational awarding bodies such as the National Open College Network (NOCN) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

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