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Scotland's youth targeted for new operators course

THE CONSTRUCTION Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) are to tackle a potential shortage of skilled operators in Scotland by developing a new two-year training course for young people.

The course will lead towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Plant Operation, together with Certification Training Achievement registration.

The scheme has begun at the CITB Centre in Glasgow with a pilot course for five trainees. If successful, numbers could rise to 30. Employers are eligible for a training grant of £5,000 for each trainee enrolled on the course.