New training delivery framework launched to boost plant sector’s net zero goals

THE Plant Sector Representative Organisation (PSRO) and Supply Chain Sustainability School’s (SCSS) plant group have collaborated on a new eco-operations national training delivery framework.

The construction plant sector is providing solutions to support the path to net zero, with machine usage identified as a contributor to carbon-based emissions.

The journey to a more sustainable future requires an education programme for owners, operators and users of equipment and from which eco-operation courses, either in-house with an employer or through externally certified courses from established awarding organisations, are bringing learning for this subject.

To meet a need for an overarching criteria that promotes consistency and standardisation for eco-operations, the PSRO and the SCSS Plant Group worked to develop the new training delivery framework which can be downloaded from

The framework sets out parameters for consistent delivery and provides guidance on areas such as core and optional learning outcomes, delivery content and methodologies, assessment strategies and course durations.

As the learning content can vary for a number of occupations, the framework further identifies individual course content and delivery factors for the likes of plant operatives, supervisors, plant and site managers, planners, plant procurers, and maintenance personnel.

The aim is for delegates to attain a required level of understanding on the principles of reducing machine-based carbon emissions, enabling them to recognise and apply learnt reduction techniques, operational processes and emerging machine technologies with a desired outcome that each delegate takes personal ownership of the need to reduce emissions.

The framework is divided into three parts with part 1 outlining the aims and principles of the framework, part 2 identifying the delivery aspects for the relevant occupations, and part 3 specifying the learning outcomes and training specification.

Peter Brown from the PSRO said, “With education being a key part in terms of plant-emission reductions and from a programme jointly developed by CPA members Flannery Plant Hire and L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage, we’re pleased to have built upon and created the framework in partnership with the SCSS.

“This will help ensure that future training courses on this topic both cover the relevant industry-derived content and provide a platform for the consistency for the training of plant and site-based occupations though this open-source framework.”

Imogen Player, senior sustainability consultant and plant category group lead at Action Sustainability and the Supply Chain Sustainability School, added, “For the built environment to seriously tackle climate change and reduce emissions, then the impact that good operator behaviour has must be properly realised. The publication of the eco-operations national training delivery framework is great and I’m excited for it to lead the way forward for best-practice training.”