South & City College Birmingham has recently opened a new testing centre for Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) equipment training and testing at its Bordesley Green campus. Plant courses available include: forward tipping dumper, telescopic handler, mobile elevating platforms, ride on roller, banksman and vehicle mover. The college plans to extend its offsite facilities to deliver rear tipping dumper and 360 excavator courses in the near future.
The first two candidates Meshack Powell and Malchiah McCooty-Powell were presented with their A09 CPCS cards for passing the forward tipping dumper truck test, by Principal Mike Hopkins.
CPCS is a card scheme to prove the skills of plant operators. It is based on a combination of professional competence and health and safety awareness - two essential qualities for operating plant.
Meshack has since returned to the testing centre to complete the CPCS training and testing for the A17 telescopic handler, which was funded through the West Midlands Combined Authority Construction Gateway Project. This project provides up to 20 days of training to adults, who are unemployed and seeking entry into the construction industry.
The College has invested in this facility to ensure the growth in construction activity in the region, benefiting local residents in terms of training and job opportunities.
If you are interested in gaining CPCS plant training, please call Jean Brandon on 0121 702 1093