Formal training generally leads to a qualification of some description, however not all training is equal. An analogy I like to use is that of a pilot. Do you want to fly in a plane piloted someone who can tell you how it is done, or by a pilot who has demonstrated they can do it?
Hands on training is not only one of the best forms of training, for the trainee, it is one of the most satisfying. Heavy equipment is one for of training that needs to produce graduates who have demonstrated their ability to use the equipment that were trained on, but can also demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the safety aspects.
Receiving the right training by accredited trainers provides a qualification that provides entry into a very profitable field of employment. It is also a skill that will e there for life. Every time you operate that piece of equipment, you will be adding to that banks of skills.
Organization like ATS provide a thorough grounding in both the use,, maintenance and safety requirements for heavy machinery.Their website is easy to navigate and informative with a broad range of training options available. Skills gained to day are skills gained for life.