Caps Training

Plant Apprenticeship

We now offer

Plant operator apprenticeship


Plant Apprenticeship

Categories Covered:

  • A31 Ride on Roller
  • A09 Forward Tipping Dumper / A56 Rear Tipping Dump Truck / A23 Loading Shovel
  • A17 Telescopic Handler All Sizes
  • A58 & A59, 360 Excavator above and below 10 tonne + Lifting operations
  • A73 Vehicle Marshall
Learner will be trained on all categories across a period of 12 months.


English and Maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships and must be completed before an apprentice can pass through gateway. If the learner does not have these qualifications, we can offer support in obtaining w Level 1 English and Maths as a part of the apprenticeship

What to Expect From CAPS 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
  • Fully qualified CPCS trainers to assist and support learners
  • Electronic enrolment
  • Electronic contracts
  • Digital Apprenticeship Service manager
plant CPCS Courses
Plant 2 CPCS Courses
Plant 3 CPCS Courses

How Our Apprenticeship Works

  • Our CPCS plant apprenticeships are performed at our site in Maidenhead, ( CAPS TRAINING SL6 3AA ) all training for the 5 plant categories will commence on month 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 12 to complete the practical training section of the apprenticeship.
  • Learner will complete classroom training which will take place on site before any practical training. This will include:
    • Induction
    • Safeguarding
    • Equality and diversity
    • Health and wellbeing
    • Health & Safety
    • British Values
    • Toolbox Talk
    • Knowledge
    • Skills
    • Behaviour
  • You will not need to attend college weekly when undertaking this apprenticeship training with us.
  • Our training can be tailored to the company or individuals needs, we believe that this approach is the best. We will work around your company requirements around categories your apprentices require.
  • 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 assist you.

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.

What You 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 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.

Other Courses We Offer

CPCS Courses:

  • A09, Forward tipping Dumper
  • A10/A12, Excavator 180
  • A17, Telescopic Handler
  • A23, Skid Steer Loader
  • A31, Ride on Roller
  • A34, Crawler – Tractor/Dozer
  • A36, Lorry Loader
  • A40, Slinger/Signaller
  • A56, ADT
  • A58/A59, Excavator 360
  • A23 Loading Shovel
  • A62 Lift Supervisor
  • A61 Appointed Person
  • A34 Tracked Dozer
  • A73 Vehicle Marshall
  • A33 Agricultural Tractor
NVQs Level 2-7:
  • Plant
  • Trade
  • Supervision
  • Management
  • First Aid NUCO – Ofqual Regulated
  • Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work : 1 day course & 3 day course
  • HIGHFIELD – Ofqual Regulated
    • Confined Space
    • Working at Hight
    • Asbestos Awareness
    • Manual Handling

NRSWA Street work Courses:

  • 5 day course for operatives
    • Unit 1 (LA) – Location and avoidance of
      underground apparatus.
    • Unit 2 (O1) – Signing, lighting and
    • Unit 3 (O2) – Excavation in the highway.
    • Unit 4 (O3) – Reinstatement and
      compaction of backfill materials.
    • Unit 5 (O4) – Reinstatement of sub-base
      and road base in non-bituminous
    • Unit 6 (O5) – Reinstatement in cold-lay
      bituminous materials.
    • Unit 7 (O6) – Reinstatement in hot-lay
      bituminous materials.
    • Unit 9 (O8) – Reinstatement of modular
      surfaces and concrete footways.
  • 5 day course for supervisors
    • Unit 1 (LA) – Location and avoidance of underground apparatus.
    • Unit 10 (S1) – Monitoring signing, lighting and guarding.
    • Unit 11 (S2) – Monitoring excavation in the highway.
    • Unit 12 (S3) – Monitoring reinstatement and compaction of backfill materials.
    • Unit 13 (S4) – Monitoring reinstatement of sub-base and road base in non- bituminous materials.
    • Unit 14 (S5) – Monitoring reinstatement in bituminous materials.
    • Unit 16 (S7) – Monitoring reinstatement of modular surfaces and concrete footways.

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