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JCB to launch waste vehicle operator training scheme

Vehicle manufacturer JCB has announced plans to provide Operator Training Course for their Wastemaster vehicle range.

Developed in conjunction with the National Construction College, the week-long training programme will offer a vehicle specific qualification for the JCB Wastemaster Wheeled Loading Shovel vehicle.

The course will provide an additional qualification on top of the current industry standard Construction Plant Competence (CPCS) ‘red card’ scheme, incorporating both classroom and practical lessons.

Such lessons will cover Wastemaster moving and handling, stability factors and the use of JCB attachments specifically for waste and recycling operations, with an oral and a practical exam at the end of the week.

National Construction College senior instructor Christopher Blake told MRW: “To run to CPCS standards and to bolt on a Wastemaster qualification, means you’re definitely going to gain.”

JCB general manager for waste, recycling & demolition James Richardson explained that efficient driver training would maximise operational efficiency, minimise health and safety risk, meet profitability targets.

Richardson said: “The operator has an influence on all these things, and these men spend eight hours at the machine a day and that will have an impact on the business. Looking at the Wastemaster specification, it’s important that the operator understands the difference between a standard construction machine and a Wastemaster.”

If the scheme proves successful there are plans to introduce similar operator training courses for other machines in the JCB Wastemaster range, including the company’s teletrucks.

 The JCB-NCC Wastemaster Operator Training Course begins in July.

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