All Flannery operators undergo a robust on-boarding process, delivered by our qualified team of trainers across the country. Flannery has developed a suite of in-house training modules which complement the CPCS scheme and are widely recognised by the industry. All operators hold the relevant CPCS category as standard and then undergo a range of familiarisation and upskilling modules.

In February 2021 Balfour Beatty Flannery, a partnership between Balfour Beatty and Flannery Plant Hire, launched its Operator Skills Hub – a purpose-built facility in Birmingham offering innovative training programmes to inspire young people and upskill current plant operators in the UK.

Patrick Flannery, Managing Director Flannery Plant Hire explained:

“As one of the largest providers of the operated plant in the UK, it is imperative that we are able to provide a consistent, quality training experience for operators. It is clear that as the industry continues to adapt and drive innovation, we have to engage operators, helping to retain our industries best talent and ensuring they have the tools to deliver value on-site.

Plant Operator

  • CPCS qualified
  • Specific attachment familiarisation
  • GPS training
  • Safe and correct use of the Quick Hitch
  • Lifting Operations
  • Eco-Operator training
  • Height & Slew training
  • Dual View Dumper familiarisation

HGV Operators

  • CPC Qualified
  • CPCS Loader/Securer and Plant Movements
  • Loadmaster training
  • Working time directive and fatigue management training


  • NVQ Construction Plant Maintenance Level 2
  • Plant Movements
  • Safe use of excavator as a crane training
  • Safe urban driving

Our rigorous “on-boarding” process and fully integrated database and skills matrix track operators’ tickets and renewals using a sophisticated gap reporting process ensuring we remain compliant on all sites.

Training Provision

Our qualified trainers are able to deliver a range of high-quality upskilling modules for our clients, such us Loadmaster Training, Thumbs Up and Red Zone Training, as well as Familiarisation Training on self-drive. Find out more here

As part of our training provision at the new Operator Skills Hub, we have developed a dedicated Utility Detection Zone, meeting the needs of the industry by providing a comprehensive training program on a dedicated site to reduce the risks of utility strikes. Working with partner Leica Geosystems, the Skills Hub will be running EUSR HG47 Utility Excavations – Category 1 courses starting in March 2021.


To ensure the unsafe practice is being flagged without hesitation we have introduced OperateSAFE cards. These cards act as a reminder to put safety and wellbeing first and empower Flannery people to STOP any activity that could lead to harm.