L2 - NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations
This is a work-based learning qualification that enables you to work as a plant operator in the construction industry. As a plant operator, you will operate plant machinery to transfer loads, excavate, lift and move materials to given specifications. You will also learn how to work safely as part of a team and will learn how to prepare and operate different types of plant equipment/machinery depending on which pathway you choose to take. For example, you may wish to specialise in areas such as cranes and specialist lifting, road/rail, attachments, transporting loads, erecting and dismantling, excavating or constructing and forming. The Certificate and Diploma are differentiated by the size, complexity and safety issues surrounding a piece of machinery.
This qualification that develops competency in working as a plant operator. You will learn how to conform to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace and how to conform to productive working practices in the workplace. Depending on the pathway chosen, you will learn how to prepare and operate different types of plant equipment/machinery. There are several different pathways within this qualification and they include cranes and specialist lifting, road/rail, attachments, transporting loads, erecting and dismantling, excavating or constructing and forming. All the units in the qualification relate to the skills and knowledge required to become a plant operator, and each pathway allows you to specialise in the area you require to become qualified in, ensuring you are competent to undertake the job role.
You must complete all required mandatory units and the required number of optional units for each pathway. These differ for each pathway.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification – anyone over the age of 16 that is seeking to demonstrate competence working in the plant operations sector can take this qualification.
WHY TAKE THIS QUALIFICATION?
There are two qualifications available to take in plant operations: Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Construction)
Whether you take the certificate or diploma is determined by the category of plant equipment that is selected to achieve competence in. The certificate and diploma are differentiated by the size, complexity and safety issues surrounding a piece of machinery. You will study the Diploma if your job role requires you to operate one of the following pieces of machinery:
- 180 Excavators
- Tracked Loading Shovels
- 360 Excavators
- Crawler/Tractor Dozers
You will take this Level 2 NVQ qualification if you are currently employed or have previously been employed as a plant operator, and wish to demonstrate your ability to work safely and competently to a recognised national standard. You might also have experience or qualifications in construction and know you want to specialise in plant operations: the NVQ route provides flexibility in ways to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge and have them assessed and recognised.
WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?
This qualification prepares you for work in the construction industry, with a specific focus on plant operations.
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