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CPA BLAZES A TRAIL
The CPA has officially launched the new Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment) Trailblazer Apprenticeship after several years of development work. It aims to attract new recruits to the industry, as well as upskilling existing staff into a new role.
The initiative, supported by the CITB, follows on from findings of a Working Group chaired by Kirsty Archbold-Laming, Director of Southern Hoists, with input from companies such as A-Plant, Clee Hill Plant, GAP, Lavendon, Nationwide, Selwood and Speedy. The HAE and the International Powered Access Federation have also been involved.
The apprenticeship has been set at Level 2 and should take between 12-18 months to complete, with 20% of that time devoted to off-the-job training. The Institute for Apprentices has placed it in funding band 8, which equates to £5,000 that can be spent or claimed by employers (subject to current funding rules) for apprenticeship levy and non-levy paying organisations, in line with typical training costs supplied by training providers, says CPA.
The syllabus covers disciplines such as providing technical information to customers in helping them select appropriate equipment for the planned activities and which complies with Health and Safety requirements, completing contract documentation at both on-hire and off-hire stages, processing payments, damage charges, fraud prevention measures and insurance payments, and handling customer enquiries.
One Stop adds up to fourteen
One Stop Hire has opened a new depot serving Birmingham based in the Aston area.
“Over the last 18 months, lots of our customers have been asking if we have a Midlands location as they were seeing demand in that area and winning work,” MD Steve Hitchen told EHN. “Having found a suitable property and some good staff, we took the plunge and opened on 1 April this year.
“70% of business is with existing clients and the new customer base is growing nicely. We have put approximately £1m worth of kit into the operation and there are three rooms we can use for training on the first floor.”
This is One Stop’s fourteenth location. The company also has a dedicated training facility in Blackburn and a non-mechanical equipment depot in Newton-le-Willows.
Obart develops training for hirers
Matthew Hill, Director of Obart Pumps, has developed a training course intended for technicians at tool and plant hire companies, with or without workshop experience. It has been designed for businesses operating a hire fleet of Tsurumi pumps, but Obart says the knowledge gained could be applied to other brands.
The course was recently presented at dealer Stewart Plant Sales’ training centre in Glasgow, over five days. Topics addressed include understanding and identifying causes of wear and damage, routine maintenance and repairs, PAT testing, on-site troubleshooting and off-hire checks.
Champagne celebration for MHM’s Josh Llewellyn
To mark the 70th birthday of MHM Plant’s Chairman Josh Llewellyn, EHN Editor Alan Guthrie presented him with a bottle of champagne during a recent visit to the company’s Port Talbot head office.
Josh’s involvement in our industry dates back to 1972 and the formation of GenSet Ltd, supplying generators and related equipment. He was instrumental in developing a range of innovative lighting towers and welfare units for the UK and Irish markets.
Dromad grabs special
Brendon deal Dundalk-based Dromad Hire’s Ronan Cotter clinched a special two-for-the-price-of-one deal on a pair of Brendon BBW30KLN+ES bowser washers from Brendon Powerwasher’s Stuart Haskins, at our Executive Hire Show Ireland at Dublin in June.
“We already have a lot of these machines in the fleet, and we also bought two more at the Executive Hire Show back in February. We have enjoyed the Dublin Show and it’s always worthwhile coming to an event like this.”
We are now analysing feedback from the Dublin event to see how we might develop it in the future.
• Scottish hirers are invited to attend our popular Executive Hire Show Scotland taking place in Glasgow on 12 September. For details and to register visit http://www.executivehireshow.co.uk/roadshows
Turner Access to cease aluminium tower manufacture
Turner Access Ltd has signed an agreement with Pop Up Products Ltd to take over the supply of its Deltadeck low-level platform.
This coincides with Turner Access’ strategic decision to scale down its manufacture and supply of aluminium tower and low-level access ranges, with the intention to cease manufacture later in the year. This includes the Octo and Beta aluminium towers, BetaGuard, Alphastep, Sigmadeck and Omegadeck. In addition, the company has closed its training centre and aluminium tower rental division.
Turner Access intends in future to grow its contract scaffolding operation and steel system scaffolding sales. The factory will continue to manufacture Turner Octo steel and ancillary scaffolding products.
Roger Verallo returns as PASMA Chairman
Roger Verallo, MD of Euro Towers, has been elected as Chairman of PASMA (the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) for the third time. He will formally assume the role at the Association’s Annual Members Meeting on 26 September. He has served on the Committee for 26 years.
“This is an exciting time for the Association and the access tower industry,” Roger told EHN. “PASMA and the Ladder Association have pooled resources to open a test and research centre for the benefit of their respective members and other interested stakeholders. PASMA has also sponsored the No Falls Forum, in partnership with organisations such as the Access Industry Forum (AIF), other trade associations and professional bodies committed to advancing health and safety. This is the first, and only, charity to raise awareness of the life-changing consequences and fatalities that can follow falls (and falling objects) from height. We are organising a charity ball on
9 November to raise funds for the Foundation.”
Fast Tiger expands
Swindon-based hirer, Tiger Plant, has re-located to a two-acre site opposite BMW’s pressings plant in the town as business grows.
The new facility includes workshops and offices which will enable the company to launch a training academy offering courses for CPCS, PASMA and IPAF qualifications as well as classroom based O-licence and CPC modules.
Director Andy Rohrer said, “We had a solid start to 2019 and are continuing to make cap-ex investment into new machinery as we approach the 110 unit mark as well as investing in our people. We have recruited an additional fitter and are looking to appoint an apprentice.”
New appointments join Executive Hire team
The Executive Hire team has been strengthened with two new appointments based at its Bristol office, working on both EHN and the Executive Hire Show. Chris Moore has joined as Publishing & Events Director, while Tierney Elliott has been recruited as Sales Executive.
Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in print, events, and digital publishing, while Tierney is a recent graduate from Bath University. Both are enthusiastically looking forward to developing our customer relationships with readers, advertisers and exhibitors.