Rob Squires has been appointed to the position of Training and Safety Manager at the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA).
Formerly Training Manager of the National Demolition Group, Rob brings with him a strong training and management background, having previously worked for the Armed Forces and latterly at CITB where he oversaw the staffing and delivery mechanisms for all of the construction-based card schemes including CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) and particularly CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme).
Rob’s key responsibilities include supporting all of the CPA Special Interest Groups and CPA’s Training on Plant in Construction Group – TOPIC. As training and skills issues are higher than ever on the agenda, and with the CITB and its function being subject to review, Rob will work closely with the CITB and other organisations to ensure that CPA Members’ training requirements are met, relevant and are effectively delivered. Rob will ensure that grant aid continues to be available and will be seeking new funding opportunities for CPA Members from the CITB and other funding bodies.
CPA Chief Executive Colin Wood said: “I’ve known Rob for a number of years and I’m very pleased to welcome him to our CPA team and know that he will make a great contribution to the work of the Association and to the plant sector in general.”
CPA Director Kevin Minton said: “Rob’s background in training delivery and management will be of great benefit to the Association and with the advent of the CSCS-badged card initiative which is affecting many of the CPA members, Rob’s knowledge of card scheme requirements and his contacts with CITB and CSCS will allow us to thoroughly support the membership on these issues.”
Rob Squires added: “I’m very pleased to join the CPA and look forward to making a valuable contribution to the Association and supporting the Members in navigating the sometimes complex issues of carding, funding, qualification and training delivery requirements.”