Construction Plant Operator Apprenticeship Level 2

Multi Trades Training

Construction Plant Operator Apprenticeship

Construction Plant Operator Apprenticeship (Level 2)

At Multi Trades Training we offer plant operator apprenticeship level 2 training available online (theory) and practical (once every 6-12 weeks) from our training centre site in Tadley, Hampshire.

Whats Included?

During the plant operator apprenticeship you will learn how to check, prepare and operate a number of construction machines. Plant is the machinery that is used on a construction site, this includes on railways, demolition and utility works (water/gas/electricity supply).

What Plant Machinery Will I Be Trained To Use?

The apprenticeship focuses on four common types of construction plant; 360-degree excavator, dumper/dump truck, forklift and ride-on roller. The ability to operate a core range of plant onsite will enable apprentices to work across a number of projects and provide the basis of upgrading to more specialist plant such as graders, dozers, demolition plant etc. With this knowledge you can potentially go onto become a lead operator, supervisor, site or plant manager, or even set up your own contracting company.



Typical Duration to Gateway:

15 months (this does not include EPA period)



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What You Will Learn


  • The operator-level servicing, checks and maintenance requirements for the range of plant
  • How tools and equipment for maintenance, checks, servicing and configuration requirements are to be used and maintained
  • How to extract information from the operator’s manual and electronic readout systems to prepare and use the machine effectively
  • How the site plans and work programmes are devised, used and disseminated to different groups and how they determine the work is to be carried out
  • What resources and equipment the machine will require to carry out core functions
  • The function and use of all controls, gauges, switches and performance aids to carry out machine operations
  • The characteristics, functions, uses of use relevant plant equipment
  • The factors that affect the stability and safe operation of the relevant item of plant
  • How the machine should be manoeuvred and set for operational activities
  • What the hazards and requirements are for manoeuvring the machine around construction sites and working environment
  • The various types of planning and communication methods that are relevant and effective in a variety of work situations
  • The purpose and layout of site traffic plans, the working areas, exclusions zones and authorised passages for the movement
  • The various different hand signals and verbal instructions (inc. radio use) required for the movement of plant and vehicles
  • The manoeuvring characteristics, limitations of manoeuvrability and visibility limitations of plant, supporting plant and delivery vehicles
  • How to load and unload a transporter and how it needs to be set
  • The dangers when loading and unloading plant from a vehicle bed
  • The securing procedures required for a range of plant
  • The health, safety, wellbeing and environmental considerations that apply for plant activities e.g. the control of diesel and oil spills, as well as reporting procedures for unsafe or environmental situations
  • Relevant legislation and regulations including Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, COSHH and the requirements for, and devising of static and dynamic risk assessments, method statements, COSHH-based assessments and permit-to-work systems.


  • Extract information from a variety of sources for basic servicing, checks, operational and maintenance requirements
  • Select and use tools, lubricants and equipment required for operator-level maintenance, checks, servicing and configuration requirements
  • Identify and apply information from a range of sources so that the machine is set for the work and for the work to be carried out
  • Identify and source materials, equipment and consumables for operational requirements
  • Prepare and set the machine for travelling purposes
  • Travel the machine across a range of ground, surfaces and in a range of operational environments and conditions inc. where relevant on inclines, and on and from a transporter
  • Plan, configure and set the machine to carry out the required work activity
  • Operate machinery conforming with given instructions for excavating, compacting, loading, lifting, moving, discharging and placing activities relevant to the machine being used
  • finding, use and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supporting staff and supervisors to carry out the work safely and efficiently
  • Carry out assessments that the work being carried out meets the job requirements and timescales
  • park, configure and shut down the machine when work activities cease and isolate and secure the machine and equipment and structures to prevent unauthorised use or access.
  • Marshall the movements of a range of plant and delivery vehicles for positioning and safe movement requirements
  • Assist in the setting up, configuring and positioning of plant to carry out specific work functions
  • Assist in preparing and securing a transporter and the items of plant during the loading and unloading activity for transportation purposes
  • Work in accordance with health, safety, welfare and environmental requirements, check over the working area and activity according to static and dynamic risk assessments and method statements.


  • Is aware of the importance of following health and safety procedures and following guidance of senior members of the team due to the many risks and hazards present in the work environment and acts in accordance, constantly evaluating the operation for hazards and takes appropriate actions whilst following safe systems of work, avoids taking short cuts that may increase risks
  • Working effectively -working in a reliable and productive way.
  • Positive customer relationships – Behaves in accordance with the values of the employer; treats customers and stakeholders with courtesy and responds quickly to their requirements, forming and enhancing customer relationships, creating and maintaining effective working and commercial relationships
  • Teamwork and independent working – Both working and engaging collaboratively and effectively with colleagues of different occupations to achieve great results safely and efficiently and safe working. You can also achieve those results independently. Operates as an effective team member and under supervision, takes responsibility, accountability and ownership of their own actions and for the completion their own work.
  • Attitude and discipline – Adopts a professional approach to the work and to colleagues and clients and shows professionalism whilst being polite and courteous to peers, managers, clients, general public and others, questions and challenges others when procedures are not being followed.

Required Qualifications

To qualify for this apprenticeship training you will need a level 1 in English and maths and take the test for level 2 for both prior to taking the end point assessment.

For individuals with an education, health and care plan or legacy statement the minimum requirement for the apprenticeship is a level 3 in English and maths. Sign language qualifications are an alternative to the English qualification.

How Our Plant Operator Apprenticeship Works

  • Our CPCS plant apprenticeships are performed at our site in Tadley, (Silchester Road, Tadley,Β Hampshire,Β RG26 3PY) you will need to attend one week in six to twelve weeks to complete the practical training section of the apprenticeship
  • You will also need to complete the online training theory accessible from anywhere on your mobile, desktop, tablet or laptop
  • You will not need to attend college weekly when undertaking this apprenticeship training with Multi Trades Training, How? You will attend our site in Tadley once every 6-12 weeks and complete the online theory questions
  • Our training can be tailored to the company or individuals needs, we believe that this approach is the best for both individuals
  • We can help you from start to finish e.g. writing a contract or sourcing funding. Our friendly and experienced team are always on hand to help you

What to Expect From Multi Trades Training

  • New flexible and innovative apprenticeship delivery
  • Deliver apprenticeships with the minimum amount of administration, form filling and fuss
  • Support where and when you need it
  • Electronic enrolment
  • Electronic contracts
  • Digital Apprenticeship Service manager

Is Our Plant Operator Apprenticeship Not What You’re Looking For?

We offer a range of on-site construction apprenticeships from carpentry, bricklaying, formwork, painting and decorating, groundwork, kitchen fitting, plastering, bench joinery, plant operating, fencing, cabinet making and interior systems whether you’re an employer or individual click here to view all of our apprenticeships.

We also offer fully online NVQs from bathroom and kitchen fitting, groundwork, painting and decorating, bench joinery 2 and 3, site supervisor, dry lining finishing, fixing and boarding, brickwork 2 and 3 and formwork.