Plant Operative of the Year 2021

Plant Operative of the Year 2021

Congratulations to Jim Baraclough of L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage who won the National Plant Operative of the Year Award at the Construction Plant-hire Association Stars of the Future Awards 2021. ACOP Group were proud to be joint sponsors with L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage. Stars of the Future, shines a bright light on our sector and gives recognition to some really hard working individuals, and also offers employers the opportunity to showcase some of their brooding talent. As part of the overall prize, ACOP look forward to welcoming Jim Baraclough to attend a CPCS course at our centre in South Wales. We hope that in some small way we can support Jim on his bright path within the construction sector. Read more about some of the other accolades on the CPA website....
The CPCS SMART card and app… What are your thoughts?

The CPCS SMART card and app… What are your thoughts?

All CPCS operators who apply for a card from 2nd December 2019 will receive a digital card in return. This is because NOCN Jobcards have now launched the much awaited CPCS SMART cards! Here’s a list of some of the changes; New design with block colours to align with the current CSCS card design. New CPCS card number, this is bescuase the old CITB card numbers could not be transferred across to NOCN’s new system. New app, as the new cards are SMART cards! Therefore, when an individual ‘reads’ the card with their phone or tablet then they can see that the card is legitimate. This is to limit the number of fraudulent cards on site. Have you received your SMART card yet? Let us know your...
Industry needs skilled workers for lifting operations. Upskill now with ACOP

Industry needs skilled workers for lifting operations. Upskill now with ACOP

Over the last 12 months we’ve seen a rapid rise in popularity of our CPCS courses and specifically within lifting operations. This has been fuelled by the increased demand for qualified: slinger/signallers crane supervisors appointed persons (lift planners) crane operators within the industry. Our courses are carefully crafted to ensure you receive the best value from our excellent facilities and experienced instructors. A course with us will land you in good stead for gainful employment within the construction sector. If you think you could have potential in this area and would like to upskill, then contact ACOP...
CITB skills and training funding

CITB skills and training funding

If you are small employer or construction federation you could be eligible to receive up to £10k for skills and training funding. If you have an idea for a funded project that addresses industry skills needs, then fill in the expression of interest form on the CITB website before 29th March...
Telescopic handler – suspended/ underslung loads under CPCS

Telescopic handler – suspended/ underslung loads under CPCS

CPCS are scheduled to release a new category in 2016 to cover the lifting and transport (pick & carry) of suspended loads with telehandlers using hook attachments. This has been an eagerly awaited endorsement owing to the confusion over using telehandlers with suspended loads on a number of sites. The Strategic Forum – Plant safety Group published a document outlining good practice when lifting and travelling with suspended loads using telehandlers. SFPSG-Guidance-Lifting-Suspended-Loads-with-Telehandlers-2014-05-16 Existing CPCS telescopic handler card holders will need to sit a theory and practical test to gain the A17E endorsement on their cards. We anticipate a high uptake for this test, if you’d like too register your interest and be with the first to gain this endorsement in January 2016, please get in...
Green Card Changes from July 2014

Green Card Changes from July 2014

From 1st July 2014 the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued.  There will be a new green CSCS card only available for people working in labouring occupations. Please follow link below for more information....