We know that the CITB estimates that as an industry we need to recruit 31,600 workers annually and it is important for us to be a part of that drive. The Flannery apprentice scheme ensures we have a strong pipeline of talent to support future projects.

In 2016 Flannery Plant Hire helped to form the ‘trailblazer group’, an employer-led working group tasked with developing a fit-for-purpose apprenticeship standard for the construction plant industry. Consisting of employers representing construction equipment owners and hirers from a variety of sectors, as well as clients (including HS2 and Highways England) and training providers, Flannery has been instrumental in its development.

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.

With the construction and infrastructure industry rapidly scaling up to deliver some of the most ambitious schemes in history, the Operator Skills Hub is set to deliver the first Trailblazer Plant Operative Apprentices in 2021, aiming to support 30 young people in its first year.

The facility will also increase the retention of skilled operators, providing 200 supplementary courses to enhance existing knowledge and train over 500 operators in readiness for HS2.

Key in addressing the construction and infrastructure sectors significant skills shortage, the facility will utilise state-of-the-art training simulators as well as the latest semi-autonomous vehicles to prepare plant operators and apprentices for the modern-day, digitally enabled construction site.

Whatever your skill set, the industry has a variety of different paths. As a business, we are passionate about recruiting new apprentices. Our structured programme is delivered through a blended approach of ‘on’ and ‘off’ the job training and candidates earn while they learn. We have adopted a supportive culture for our apprentices, with access to company mentors, FIR ambassadors, mental health first aiders and well-being support.

How to apply to become a Flannery apprentice

There are no barriers to entry into Flannery. There are no stereotypes. If you are interested in a career in construction, please email apprenticeships@flanneryplant.co.uk