The CPA has officially launched the new Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment) Trailblazer Apprenticeship after several years of development work. It aims to attract new recruits to the industry, as well as upskilling existing staff into a new role. The initiative, supported by the CITB, follows on from findings

of a Working Group chaired by Kirsty Archbold-Laming, Director of Southern Hoists, with input from companies such as A-Plant, Clee Hill Plant, GAP, Lavendon, Nationwide, Selwood and Speedy. The HAE and the International Powered Access Federation have also been involved. The apprenticeship has been set at Level 2 and should take between 12-18 months to complete, with 20% of that time devoted

The apprenticeship covers essential tasks for a typical hire business.

to off-the-job training. The Institute for Apprentices has placed it in funding band 8, which equates to £5,000 that can be spent or claimed by employers (subject to current funding rules) for apprenticeship levy and non-levy paying organisations, in line with typical training costs supplied by training providers, says CPA. The syllabus covers disciplines such as providing technical

information to customers in helping them select appropriate equipment for the planned activities and which complies with Health and Safety requirements, completing contract documentation at both on-hire and off-hire stages, processing payments, damage charges, fraud prevention measures and insurance payments, and handling customer enquiries.

One Stop adds up to fourteen

One Stop Hire has opened a new depot serving Birmingham based in the Aston area. “Over the last

18 months, lots of our customers have been asking if we have a Midlands location as they were seeing demand in that area and winning work,” MD Steve Hitchen told EHN. “Having found a suitable property and some good staff, we took the plunge and opened on 1 April this year. “70% of business is with existing clients and the new customer base is

growing nicely. We have put approximately £1m worth of kit into the operation and there are three rooms we can use for training on the first floor.” This is One Stop’s fourteenth location. The company also has a dedicated

training facility in Blackburn and a non-mechanical equipment depot in Newton-le-Willows.

The course was recently presented at dealer Stewart Plant

Sales’ training centre in Glasgow, over five days. Topics addressed include understanding and identifying causes of wear and damage, routine maintenance and repairs, PAT testing, on-site troubleshooting and off-hire checks.

Champagne celebration for MHM’s Josh Llewellyn

To mark the 70th birthday of MHM Plant’s Chairman Josh Llewellyn, EHN Editor Alan Guthrie presented him with a bottle of champagne during a recent visit to the company’s Port Talbot head office. Josh’s involvement in our industry dates back to 1972 and the

formation of GenSet Ltd, supplying generators and related equipment. He was instrumental in developing a range of innovative lighting towers and welfare units for the UK and Irish markets.

4 Obart develops training for hirers

Matthew Hill, Director of Obart Pumps, has developed a training course intended for technicians at tool and plant hire companies, with or without workshop experience. It has been designed for businesses operating a hire fleet of Tsurumi pumps, but Obart says the knowledge gained could be applied to other brands.

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