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Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment)

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Trailblazer Apprenticeships

A meeting of interested employers was held 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).



Update December 2018


The apprenticeship has now been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships with the standard and assessment plan available for download on their website at: 


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. The working groups final task is to prepare the apprenticeship for delivery and envisage it will be available from early 2019.


For more information on this apprenticeship, please contact Peter Brown at 

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