Qualifier for the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge 2024 to take place during ScotPlant 2024


The organisers of the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge have announced the format for the 2024 Scottish Plant Operator Challenge and is calling on plant operators from across the country to enter.

The qualifier for this year’s Scottish Plant Operator Challenge (SPOC) will take place during ScotPlant (26th and 27th April at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh) at the Scottish Plant Owners Association’s (SPOA) stand (Avenue C 13). The SPOA is one of the sponsors of SPOC 24.

Plant operators wishing to take part in the qualifier will be required to perform a live challenge, putting their professional skills to the test. The best operator from each day at ScotPlant will win £200 and a merch bag.

Reigning champion from SPOC 23, Gordon Durno, ineligible for the competition this year, will be on hand at the qualifier and at the final to set up the challenges, making sure that the competition is challenging, exciting and enjoyable for all the contenders. Gordon and the organising team will review the performance of plant operators in the qualifier.

Callum Mackintosh, Gordon Durno and Morris Leslie photo credit David Wylie Earthmovers Magazine.JPGCallum Mackintosh, Gordon Durno and Morris Leslie photo credit David Wylie Earthmovers Magazine.

The top 60 scoring operators will be contacted, with the top 30 securing their positions alongside those who placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in SPOC 23. This group will go on to the final of SPOC 24 later in the summer competing for a share of the £10,500 prize fund. The remaining 30 operators will be placed on a standby list for this year’s final.

The final of the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge will take place during the Working Vintage Plant Weekend (27th July, Errol Airfield, Perthshire), hosted by Morris Leslie and already a regular fixture for plant enthusiasts in Scotland. The event will also feature a plant and equipment exhibition where leading manufacturers and local suppliers will showcase the very latest equipment and innovations.

Speaking about this year’s Scottish Plant Operator Challenge, Callum Mackintosh, Immediate Past President of the SPOA, said: “Last year was the inaugural Scottish Plant Operator Challenge and I was proud to be part of it. Once again, colleagues across the plant industry have stepped up to make this event happen and I’m delighted to join Morris Leslie and James Currie on the organising team for this year.

One of the challenges at SPOC 23(5).jpgOne of the challenges at SPOC 23.

“We are on a mission to present an even grander spectacle in 2024. Our vision is to create a platform that not only celebrates the prowess of skilled operators but also serves as a dynamic stage to unveil the latest innovations and equipment that define the forefront of the plant industry.

“It all starts at ScotPlant, so if you think you’ve got what it takes then come along and give it a go!”

Plant operators who come through the qualifier in April can look forward to competing in eight timed challenges for great prizes in the final in July:

  • Individual challenge winners: £250 cash prize and exclusive merchandise from challenge sponsors
  • 3rd place overall: £1,000
  • 2nd place overall: £2,500
  • 1st place overall: £5,000 and an array of exclusive rewards from sponsors

Those wishing to enter the qualifier for the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge at ScotPlant are advised to bring proof of competency, which will need to be shown to the organising team on the day. Entry fee for the qualifier is £10, which will be added to the prize fund for the qualifier.

More details about the Scottish Plant Operator Challenge 2024 will be revealed over the next few weeks but there are still sponsorship opportunities available. Companies interested in sponsoring the event or its individual challenges are encouraged to contact the organising team at spoc@spoa.org.uk.

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