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NPORS vs CPCS – Which Is the Best?

In an ongoing effort to provide plant operators with more choice, Essential Site Skills are now a National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) Accredited Training Provider (ATP). Our customers can now choose the most suitable plant card scheme for them. For plant operators wanting to prove their competency, the choice usually comes down to a NPORS or a CPCS card. In this blog, we explain the two schemes and the differences between them. What is CPCS? CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) is a card scheme that was devised to prove the skills of plant operators. It’s based on a combination of professional competence and health and safety awareness – both essential qualities for plant operators. CPCS has historically, been the leading scheme of this type and most employers will want you to hold a CPCS card (or NPORS) if you are operating plant equipment. To hold a CPCS Red Card, workers must complete relevant theoretical and practical training for their d…
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Next phase of HS2 to Crewe accelerates with latest contract tender

Hs2 To Crewe

HS2 Ltd today invited six bidders to tender for Advanced Civil Works (ACW), a major two-part enabling works contract for a new section of the high speed rail network extending from the West Midlands to Crewe.

The following bidders have been invited to tender for the contracts, which will deliver critical preparatory works along the recently approved Phase 2a section of HS2:

BAM Construction LtdGalliford Try Construction LtdJohn Graham Construction LtdKier Construction LtdLaing O’Rourke Construction LtdSkanska Construction Ltd

Activity will include land assembly; environmental mitigation; establishment of haul routes and site compounds and preparing the trace of the line – all of which will enable rapid mobilisation and the start of Main Civils Works in Summer 2024.

The three year-long base price £240 million contract splits work along the route into two separate packages with one contractor delivering the works on the norther…

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Tunnel progress as HS2 completes first mile under the Chilterns

The first enormous 2,000 tonne tunnelling machine passed the one mile mark this week during the construction of the first tunnels for HS2 - Britain’s new high speed rail link between London, Birmingham and the north.

Launched in May, the 170m long Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) covered the first mile cutting through a mix of chalk and flint beneath the Chiltern hills just outside London.

Named ‘Florence’ by local school children, the TBM is one of two identical machines excavating the twin ten-mile-long tunnels. A second machine, named ‘Cecilia’ is a short way behind, with both TBMs expected to break out in around three years’ time.

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Designed specifically for the geology of the Chilterns, each machine is a self-contained underground factory, digging the tunnel, lining it with concrete wall segments and grouting them into place as it moves forward.

Welcoming the progress, HS2 Ltd Project C…

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