INDUSTRY TRAINING SERVICES LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ‘PLANT OPERATOR OF THE YEAR’ COMPETITION
The search is on to find Northern Ireland’s best plant operator, in partnership with JCB and Plant and Civil Engineer
The first ever search to find Northern Ireland’s best plant operator has been launched by leading training provider Industry Training Services (ITS).
The Portadown-based firm will host the ITS Northern Ireland Plant Operator of the Year 2017 in association with JCB and Plant and Civil Engineer.
ITS is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of health and safety training solutions to the construction, civil engineering, utilities and manufacturing sectors and beyond.
The company is calling for plant operators from across Northern Ireland to compete in a bid to be recognised as the best in their field across excavator and telehandler categories.
Participants at a special Finals Day, will also take control of JCB’s innovative, Hydradig, its unique four-wheeled excavator.
ITS Managing Director Brendan Crealey said:
“As Northern Ireland’s leading provider of tuition in the safe usage of plant and machinery, we have seen first-hand the high quality of operators locally.
“The region has a reputation for supplying highly-skilled workers to construction sites across Ireland, the UK and beyond.
“We have designed this competition to provide an opportunity for that expertise to be recognised and rewarded in a fun and sociable way.”
Since its formation more than 15 years ago, ITS has provided training across a variety of plant and machinery, and delivers a range of industry-recognised schemes including CSR, CPCS and NPORS.
Competition entrants will take part in a series of timed challenges, including precision excavation and lifting tasks, during heats commencing 30th September.
The Finals Day will see the best entrants compete head-to-head to find the leading operator in each category, with an overall ITS Northern Ireland Plant Operator of the Year being crowned.
The overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize while the runner-up will receive a hotel break for two at the Roe Park Resort, Limavady.
Michael Campbell, Operations Director of BC Plant JCB, Northern Ireland’s sole authorised JCB dealer said:
“The ITS Northern Ireland Plant Operator of the Year offers a tremendous opportunity for operators locally to get behind the controls of some of the most advanced plant and machinery available on the market.
“We look forward, in particular, to providing entrants with the opportunity to test their skills in the new JCB Hydradig, a first-of-a-kind in its class.
“Considered an engineering masterpiece, the JCB Hydradig features the engine, tanks and ancillaries at the chassis, which means it offers operators unrivalled manoeuvrability and visibility, with sight of all four wheels and a further 1m perimeter.”
Justin Carrigan, General Manager of Plant and Civil Engineer magazine, added:
“We are delighted to be part of the inaugural ITS Northern Ireland Plant Operator of the Year competition.
“Northern Ireland’s construction industry is renowned for the quality of its workforce and we look forward to showcasing that talent over the coming months across the pages of Plant and Civil Engineer.”
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