Apprentice Plant Hire Controller J C BALLS AND SONS LIMITED

JC Balls and Sons is one of the largest plant hire companies in the region. As a hire controller you will be answering the phone to clients and potential clients to discuss their requirements with them and providing quotations for the hire of plant and machinery. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to earn a salary and gain a level 2 qualification.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Friday 0800 to 1700 (30 mins lunch)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

*Answering the phone to clients and potential clients and discussing their requirements with them.

*Providing quotations for the hire of plant and machinery.

*Ensuring that we have enough plant available for our customers needs.

*Producing hire notes and contracts for new orders.

*Entering hire details onto the accounting system and producing invoices at the end of each month.

*Assisting the plant hire manager and contracting department in resourcing external plant if required.

*Sorting and processing drivers weekly inspection sheets and liaising with the workshop manager to ensure any repairs are undertaken.

*Ordering fuel deliveries for the main yard and also contracting sites.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry specific competence. You will be expected to work towards the Hire Controller Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard, with support from your employer and the Chesterfield College Group. As part of your apprenticeship, and dependent on your prior attainment, you may be required to complete maths and English Functional Skills which is an integral part of your apprenticeship. Upon successful completion you will be awarded additional certificates of recognition for these qualifications.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Development to plant hire controller with the responsibility for the day to day management of the companies fleet of plant and lorries.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D or above) Desired

Things to consider

Ambergate train station is approximately 2minutes walk from the office

About the employer

The company was founded in 1963 by James Christopher Balls, Jim to all who know him, when he became the owner/operator of a JCB3 machine. Two years later in 1965 he bought a second machine and employed his first operative. Over the following years the company grew in size resulting in larger premises being purchased in 1978. Further expansion led to the purchase of the old railway yard in Ambergate in 1983 which is still home to plant and lorry maintenance operations. In 2021 we purchased new offices which will be our base for the future development of the business over the coming years. From the initial plant hire business that Jim established he started to branch out into contract earthworks of varying sizes. This in turn resulted in the company expanding into transport and haulage., with the purchase of a low loader to move plant around and tipper lorries to move the muck around. By the late 1990s materials’ recycling was beginning to become established within the industry. This led to the company looking for land on which to establish its own recycling operation. Land was purchased at Cotes Park Industrial Estate near Alfreton and our recycling operation was established. In 2012 we purchased additional land and invested in a state of the art washing plant enabling us to produce aggregates and sands from seemingly useless soils. The company employs over 100 people and operates a fleet of over 50 machines and 30 lorries. With a skilled workforce to match this makes JC Balls & Sons the Number 1 plant hire and contracting business in the East Midlands.







DE56 2HX

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Training provider



Olivia Roberts

01246 500 500

Apprenticeship standard

Hire controller (plant, tools and equipment)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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