The first batch of Plantforce directly employed operators have successfully completed Eco Operator Training, a specially designed course from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

As a formally recognised qualification, the Eco Operator Training course has been designed and delivered by CITB. The comprehensive one-day course focuses on much more than just ensuring a machine is run in ECO mode whenever possible. It takes operators back to basics to reinforce best practices, from ensuring how the manufacturer’s guidelines can be found and followed to reinforcing processes for safe and sustainable operation, transportation and even how it should be placed in an out-of-service condition.

The LP Training Services proving ground in Stratford-Upon-Avon gave a safe and relevant environment for the training to be delivered. The operators had a range of machinery on hand, from excavators and dumpers to telehandlers and compaction equipment, all fitted with the latest safety devices.

Following positive feedback from the first batch, Plantforce plans to roll this training out across all directly employed operators, as well as this being noted as a stand-alone qualification for all operators who are registered in the Plantforce Operators Database (POD).

Darren Blackburn, Director of Major Projects at Plantforce, said; “Our operators being fully trained and focused on reducing the amount of unnecessary fuel used is key. It enables our ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact and mitigating costs for our clients across all sectors. By rolling out this training, we are continuing to invest in the education of our operators to ensure we deliver the highest standards for our customers.”