Employers urged to have their say on plant standards review


CITB is urging employers to participate in a review of plant short duration training standards and grant support.

A review is being carried out by the organisation with the aim of simplifying access to plant grants for employers whilst maintaining high standards of training and testing in this area.

To find out more and share your views on the initial proposals for the new plant standards and grants, click here and fill out the survey. The deadline is 26 November.  Those taking part will be able to register interest in being involved in the working groups, who will support the development of the new plant standards.

The review comes at a time of increased demand for training and plant skills in the construction sector. The latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast for 2021-25 predicts the industry will need another 850 plant operators each year to keep pace with demand.

Gillian Brewin, head of grant and funding products at CITB, said, “Plant skills are hugely important to the whole construction sector. The purpose of this review is to get to an agreed industry position on training and testing standards, and to ensure our plant grants support and encourage quality training.

“We are consulting with industry and are very keen to hear from all those with an interest in plant training and testing, especially small and micro employers and training providers. This is the industry’s opportunity to shape standards in a safety critical sector so please have your say today.”