Optrain, which was founded in 2004, integrates digital learning by combining realistic controls with jobsite settings, allowing for hands-on learning, and upgrading conventional operator programmes.
The company has its headquarters in Rhymney and a test facility in Baverstocks Junction, Llwydcoed.
Optrain has been granted test centre status and certification by the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) and the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).
They offer training for credentials like the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). They hire students to work on the A465 Heads of the Valleys roadworks and collaborate with institutions including Cardiff University and The College Merthyr Tydfil.
Optrain has also contributed to television programmes like Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience on the BBC and Safebreakers with Ben Shephard on Sky One. They also have WO simulators, which open up the possibility for more environmentally responsible training by reducing emissions and gasoline expenditures. Before using real machinery, they practise on the simulators and work with special needs kids.
The local company required new equipment because the ones they already had did not match the requirements for training because they were not tier five machines.
For two dumper trucks in 2022–2023, Optrain was awarded a business development grant from the UKSPF. As they were previously using rentals, this helped them lower their expenses.
Then, in 2023–2024, they were awarded a Business Development grant from the UKSPF for two forward-facing dumper trucks. Through Caerphilly County Borough Council’s use of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, these matching grants from the UK Government were given to Optrain. Two employment have been preserved because to these grants.