THE NATIONAL Construction College has launched a plant operating training college in partnership with JCB.
The Ashbourne campus was formerly run by JCB but will now be operated by the NCC with the manufacturer supplying the kit.
Latest estimates suggest that an extra 4,000 operators will be required by the industry within the next two years.
Courses at the Derbyshire college will include telehandler, rough terrain forklift, backhoe, truck and excavator operation from foundation level to NVQ Level 3.
JCB Sales managing director Francoise Rausch said: 'We feel that giving people the opportunity to train on a range of JCB equipment will be beneficial to them when they go to work on site.'