Flannery Plant Hire is working to help tackle the industry’s skills gap while working on HS2.
The Wembley-based company currently has 30 plant operatives involved in enabling works along the route for Phase One and, in anticipation of a shortage in the future, is setting up a new trailblazer apprenticeship standard for plant operatives.
Apprenticeship standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role.
Over the last three years, Flannery has supported more than 60 apprenticeships and sees them as a key part of the business.
A spokesman for Flannery Plant Hire said: “Flannery wanted to take a lead in the plant industry to develop an apprenticeship standard to support the current and planned shortage of plant operators in the UK.
“This shortage will only become more acute with the planned construction work in the coming years and we believed this would be a positive way to address the shortages.”
The first phase of the apprenticeship standard has already received approval and Flannery expects it to be launched by the middle of 2019.