The campaign has three objectives:

1) Champion the skill, knowledge, expertise and role of UK Plant Operators.
2) Create awareness to fill the skills gap, attracting attention and interest around joining the industry.
3) Promote supplier solutions that will make the industry safer, smarter and more sustainable.

The event has become hugely popular very quickly, uniting the industry from Training Colleges, Equipment Manufacturers, Attachment Providers, Distributors, Plant Hirers and of course Plant Operators, thus ensuring the sector continues to grow.


What’s Different for 2023:

In addition to announcing the CITB as headline sponsor and the National Construction College as the venue for the 2023 Finals Day, we are also pleased to announce.

A Scottish Heat

The number one event to find the UK Plant Operator of the Year is heading North this summer.
Working in partnership with the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and Morris Leslie Plant Hire, #UKPOOTY are holding a Scottish heat on Saturday July 22nd in Perth, Perthshire to find the 5 x best plant operators in Scotland.

The event will be hosted at the Morris Leslie, Working Weekend event, which is known and established in the region attracting over 10,000 people over the weekend.

There are prizes for the winners and a trip for two, with two nights’ accommodation on Sept 29th & 30th for the 5 x qualifiers for finals day over at the CITB National Training College in Kings Lynn.

Where the plant operator of the year will walk away with £10,000.

This is an ideal opportunity for Scottish plant operators to test themselves by dipping their toe in the world of competitive skills challenges. Sizing up the competition locally before any commitment to a national final.

Applications are open now; all you need to enter are your current excavator tickets and to reside in Scotland.

Choose Your Category

This year’s finalists will each be asked to select up to 5 categories from the machine line up below. The very latest machine models, supplied by a variety of the world’s leading manufacturers.

Once you are registered, we will keep you fully informed over the months leading up to finals day of what to expect and how to maximise the fact that you are competing.
If you like the ‘Smell’ of £10,000 and a are looking for a ‘Sense of Belonging’

Operators Are You Ready…#UKPOOTY23
Here is how to enter, check your diary, Saturday September 30th and head over to to register your interest.
Don’t forget to select your preferred machines when you apply, and tell us a little about how we can stay in touch.

UKPOOTY’23 is the place to be ‘Seen’.