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Construction Plant

Reaseheath delivers construction plant apprenticeship training for industry leading companies including JCB, A-Plant, Gap Group and Clee Hill Plant.

As a construction plant apprentice you will develop the basic principles you need to learn to become a plant mechanic and work on the engineering team of a plant or plant hire company.

At college you will learn vital work-based skills including maintenance and repair of construction plant and tool hire equipment.

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Level 3 Apprenticeship

What will I study?

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Electrics
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Auxiliary systems
  • Management
  • Health and safety
  • Diagnostics methods
  • Inspections
  • Repair methods
  • Maintenance and repair of construction plant and tool hire equipment
  • Engines systems diagnostics and repairs
  • Machine operations (for non operations)
  • Track laying vehicles
  • Steering
  • Braking
  • Generation
  • Small tool
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years (12 weeks in college per year, delivered in 6 x 2 week block release courses)

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • After this course you can continue to progress within the industry or study a degree at university

Career options

  • Plant mechanic
  • Maintenance technician
  • Supervisor or foreperson
  • Self employment
  • Practical instructor
  • Technical sales
Additional qualifications

You will have the chance to work towards additional industrial qualifications as well as gain a certificate in health and safety.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

Apprenticeships are funded through government and employer contributions. If you are:

  • 16-18 working for a small business (<50) your training will be fully funded*
  • 19+ or working for a Medium size business (50+) an employer contribution may be required
  • Working for a large business or organisation (Payroll of £3m+) you training funded from your employers Digital Apprenticeship Service  Account

*small businesses who employ an apprentice between 16-18 may be eligible to receive a financial government incentive


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

How do I apply?

If you have an employer and you would like to apply for an apprenticeship you can apply now online. You can also view our live vacancies or complete an online enquiry form and a member of the apprenticeship team will contact you.

For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about becoming an apprentice or employing an apprentice by visiting our website.

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Student Profile
Dan Lewis

Level 3 Construction Plant Apprenticeship

School: Aquinas College, Stockport

Next step: British Antarctic Survey

Ambition: To travel the world

“I qualified as a construction plant engineer after a three year apprenticeship with Arnold Plant Hire. I studied at Reaseheath, which was a great way to get to grips with the latest technology.

“I’m now off on a great adventure as a member of the British Antarctic Survey, working in one of the most remote places on earth. I’m leading a team of seven engineers and for 18 months I’ll be looking after heavy machinery which is being used to build a new wharf for research ships.

“I could be working on snow mobiles, piste bashers, bulldozers or loading shovels in temperatures as low as minus 50°C. I can’t wait!”