Developing Competent and Capable Operators

Safety & Training

Supporting Industry Training

One of the SPOA’s most important functions is to give industry feedback and support towards plant related training, to ensure a continual stream of competent and capable young blood into the plant operating industry.

Our executive committee are passionate about training initiatives and standards, taking a keen interest in engaging with DYW, Skills Development Scotland, CITB, National Construction Colleges and Independent training providers to improve offerings and shape them for the future.

By joining the SPOA you will be helping to ensure we are able to continue this valuable work and secure the continued professionalism of our industry.

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Collaboration & Representation

We are pleased to collaborate very positively with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board). This organisation, sponsored by the Department of Education, is responsible for attracting talent and supporting skills development in the construction sector. We’ve developed a strong working relationship with the National Construction Colleges at Bircham Newton, Norfolk and Inchinnan, Glasgow, which deliver first class training in real-life environments.

We also maintain an active position on the CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) management committee, which is responsible for developing CPCS strategy and policy.

In our quest to support members and the wider industry on training matters we were instrumental in the founding of the Plant Sector Representative Organisation (PSRO). This employer-led body supports the planning and actioning for a sufficient supply of plant operatives and associated occupations with a well-defined competency framework.

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Training Courses & Apprenticeships

We’re very invested in improving apprenticeship courses in our industry, and encouraging young people to take up apprenticeships. CITB Apprenticeships Officer John Bond (07920 781661, email is ready to assist prospective apprentices.

CITB Partnership

We have in the past partnered with the CITB to offer highly successful training on plant business growth and development for representatives from the SPOA member companies. 

As a member of the SPOA you will have access to similar courses that we will be holding in the future, that are financially supported and guided by the CITB.

The SPOA aims to keep our membership fully informed on any and all developments in our industry, through our website as well as social media channels, so keep an eye on our news and views outlets.


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