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Apprenticeship training course

Construction plant operative (level 2)

Check, prepare and operate a number of construction machines (known as plant) that is used onsite in the construction sector including on railways, demolition and utility works (water/gas/electricity supply).

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
15 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Concrete pump operator
  • Dozer operator
  • Dump truck operator
  • Equipment operator
  • Machine driver
  • Machine Driver
  • Note: each of these titles is supported by the machine type e.g. 360 excavator operator
  • Plant operator
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • 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 the machine in accordance with given instructions for excavating, compacting, loading, lifting, moving, discharging and placing activities relevant to the machine being used.
  • Identify, use and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supporting staff and supervisors to carry out the work safely and efficiently.
  • Carry out checks (through self and with others) that the work being carried out meets the job requirements and timescales.
  • Position, configure and shut down the machine when work activities cease and isolate and secure the machine and relevant 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, evaluate the working area and activity according to static and dynamic risk assessments and method statements, and report on unsafe situations following organisational procedures.

Full information on Construction plant operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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