Hire Controller (Equipment, Plant and Tools)
A meeting of interested employers was held back in September 2016 in order to develop a new trailblazer apprenticeship for those that work as a hire controller within the plant hire and rental sector. A working group was formed with a lead employer - Southern Hoists chairing the meetings. The employer group consists of a range of employers representing the plant, tools and equipment hire and rental sector including general plant, access, small plant and tools, concrete pumping, crane hire, shoring etc. along with the supporting federations of CPA, HAE and IPAF.
The Expression of Interest - the formal application process made to Government in order to develop new trailblazer apprenticeships was subsequently approved and the group progressed in developing the standards and assessment plan. To encompass the full range of hirable equipment to the construction and allied sectors, the title of the occupation was altered, during the development of the standards, from Plant Hire Desk Controller to Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment).
The apprenticeship has now been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education with the standard and assessment plan available for download on their website . This apprenticeship has been set at Level 2 with a notional training time of 12 months. It has been allocated to funding band 8 (£5000), inline with training quotes provided by a number of training providers.
A work record book which is to be completed by the apprentice during their work experience and used within the professional discussion part of the end point assessment can be download free of charge within the apprenticeship support material page.