The trade of construction plant fitting in Ireland
is essentially the training of mechanics who specialise in working on the type of machinery found on building sites. Bull-dozers, dump trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles, cement mixers and water pumps are all types of equipment worked on by construction plant fitters (cp fitters).
Since 1979, the Cabra Training Centre is the only place in Ireland to offer Phase 2 apprenticeship training. Generally speaking, eight courses per year are run-with 12 apprentices on each course. In recent years, as many as 10 courses (120 apprentices) and as few as 6 courses (72 apprentices) have been run in Cabra.
Apprenticeship Training in the trade is regulated by FÁS, Ireland's Industrial Training Authority. Training is now standards based, and broken into 7 phases, with the odd-numbered phases being conducted on-the-job, and the even numbered phases being conducted in the FÁS Training Centre, Cabra (Phase 2), or the Institute of Technology in Cork (Phases 4 and 6).
Phase 2 Training in Cabra
The FÁS Training Centre in Cabra
is the only training centre in the country to offer apprenticeship training at Phase 2 level. All apprentice construction plant fitters must attend the Cabra Training Centre for 20 weeks. During this time, they will study 6 different modules:
- Plant Vehicles
- Small Plant Machinery
- Plant Vehicle Electricity