Local Branches at: Ipswich, Norwich, Watton, Cambridge.

About us

A-Plant is one of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies. We form part of FTSE 100 company Ashtead Group plc, the second largest equipment rental company in the world. As well as A-Plant, Ashtead Group also comprises Sunbelt Rentals, the second largest equipment rental business in the USA with over 550 locations and over 10,000 employees.

We are multi-product specialists with a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering solutions for a range of sectors including construction, infrastructure, industrial, local authorities and events. With over 190 Service Centres across the UK and a team of more than 3,600 dedicated professionals, we don’t just offer non-operated equipment. We offer years of expertise, certified training, a range of added value services and most importantly, a total commitment to ensuring safety at all times.

Our complete range of equipment, from the smallest hand-held tool to the largest powered access machine, is available to hire from our network of Service Centres all across the UK. Detailed below are our main product ranges:

Working for us:

People are at the very heart of our business, so whether you join us at one of our Service CentresSalesSupport Staff, or Traffic Control and Management roles, you’ll be encouraged to develop your skills, make key decisions and take on new responsibilities. We offer exciting development opportunities and have a strong belief of promoting from within, wherever possible.

We believe that helping our employees to develop and improve their skills is a vital part of developing our business. Through carefully targeted investment in training, we help our employees to improve their skills and ability to maximise their contribution, ensuring we stay ahead of our competitors.

People development is a key driver at A-Plant and we have a good history of succession planning. In 2017, we held over 1,500 training days for our staff, delivering more than 70 different training courses. This commitment has seen many of our hire controllers progress into management roles, whilst many directors were once service centre managers. We invest in young people and have a thriving apprenticeship program with over 150 young adults currently enrolled.

"I completed a three-year Plant Maintenance apprenticeship with A-Plant and in the final year of my apprenticeship I was the first female winner of a national award at the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) Stars of the Future awards." Paige - Fitter

Why not take a look at all our career success stories - on our website.

We give our people the recognition and rewards they truly deserve for the hard work they do.  Take a look at our benefits.


Recognised as one of the Top 100 apprentice employers in the UK, we are very proud of our award winning apprenticeship programme.

Each year we invest over £1m in the recruitment and training of our apprentices so we can offer a variety apprenticeship programmes, varying from many disciplines such as: 

  • Plant Maintenance
  • Hire Desk
  • Business Administration
  • Accommodation Maintenance
  • Electric Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Driver

Why choose an A-Plant Apprenticeship?

  • Receive on the job training from industry experts
  • Earn while you learn
  • No student loan
  • Paid holiday
  • Gain a qualification while working
  • Competitive salary
  • Yearly bonus
  • Excellent career progression paths
  • Help to Buy ISA bonus scheme

As well as this, once you have completed your apprenticeship, you are guaranteed a permanent position with A-Plant.

Our Apprentices have also won national accolades in the Construction Plant Hire Association’s (CPA) Stars of the Future programme, and we are keen to recruit both male and female Apprentices. To make an application for our Apprenticeship programme, please click here.

Work Placements

A-Plant is one of the UK’s largest plant, tool and equipment hire companies. We form part of the FTSE 100 company Ashtead Group Plc., the second largest equipment rental company in the world. With over 3,500 employees based at over 165 locations, we offer exciting development opportunities at all levels.

A 12 month placement with A-Plant is a great way to supplement your academic studies. Focused on you realising your potential, the placement is designed to allow you to develop invaluable skills and gain in depth experiences of the working environment. Working with all levels from Managing Directors to our award winning apprentices, you will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of managing a successful business as well as working on a leading edge project to identify operational improvements.

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