Plant drivers usually work on large construction sites that require people to drive diggers, goods vehicles, forklifts and any other type of vehicle required to successfully complete a major construction project.
Most drivers find employment as a plant driver in the construction agency after having attained nationally recognised qualifications in their chosen driving discipline. In many cases, candidates need a regular driving licence, and they can then take practical courses in order to attain NVQs in the driving of very specific types of vehicle. Many employers and recruitment agencies will want to see proof of a CITB certification before considering an application for employment.
Plant drivers usually work for national construction firms, specialist contractors that work for construction firms or on a self-employed basis. In many cases, drivers need to be highly mobile, as they will be expected to travel to sites across the UK. Applicants will also often require a working knowledge of current health and safety legislation - particularly if they are responsible for the supervision of other drivers.
Plant driving staff with specialist qualifications are usually in high demand, but the depressed state of the construction industry means opportunities are more limited than in previous years. An entry-level plant driver can expect to receive a salary of between £18,000 and £30,000 per year.