Construction industry urged to help shape plant standards

18 November 2021

Employers are being asked to get involved in a review of plant short duration training standards and grant support.

The review is being carried out by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with the aim of simplifying access to plant grants for employers whilst maintaining high standards of training and testing in this safety critical area.

Interested parties are asked to compete a survey, available at, before 26 November.

“It is important to note that this review is looking at Plant Operations, that is those who operate items of construction plant,” the CITB said. “It is also focused on short duration training not NVQ or blue card requirements of card schemes.”

It points out that the review of plant standards 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 that another 850 plant operators will be needed 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.”

Urging employers to take part in the survey, she said that it was the industry’s opportunity to shape standards in a safety critical sector.