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TG20:13 Revised CISRS Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS)

TG20:13 – revised CISRS Scaffold inspection training scheme (SITS)

CISRS are in the process of revising the Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) – in view of the imminent publication of the NASC’s TG20:13 Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding (TG20).

Training expert, Simon Hughes of Simian Skills Ltd has been drafted in by CISRS to review the CISRS SITS courses and add the necessary detail to both the Basic and Advanced SITS courses, specifically in relation to the new TG20 guidelines. And Mr Hughes is also working closely with CISRS to produce a new ‘What has changed in TG20’ guidance document, to update and assist all CISRS training.

Following the introduction of TG20:13, the decision has been made to add an extra day to the Basic SITS course, making it three days in duration. This is to accommodate the extra detail and structures included within the new TG20:13 guidance.

Work is nearing completion and the new courses should be available to CISRS approved providers by the end of February/early March, in order to give them a chance to familiarise themselves with the new format. The new SITS courses will go live from March 31st, with the new three day Basic SITS course becoming mandatory from 30th June 2014.

Those who have already pre-booked a CISRS two-day course with an approved provider prior to the 30th June 2014 cut-off date will still be allowed to attend the course and will be eligible to apply for a CISRS Basic Inspection card upon completion. Alternatively, CISRS recommends that clients contact their provider to rearrange to attend the new three day course (NB: there may be an additional fee for doing so).

The Advanced SITS will not be affected as much by the introduction of TG20:13, as it covers more complex designs which are not included within the scope of the new NASC Technical Guidelines, but some minor revisions are underway to accommodate changes caused by TG20:13.

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Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “The introduction of TG20:13 will have a profound effect on the industry and will affect all CISRS courses. It has become evident that we require an additional day to be added to the Basic SITS course, to accommodate all the changes.

“CISRS believe that the Basic SITS course is the essential foundation for anyone looking to inspect scaffolds. As such, it is imperative that the course covers the relevant topics in the appropriate depth – hence the revisions.

“The decision to increase the course duration to three days has not been taken lightly – and we realise this will have an effect on planned training programmes for 2014. However, we feel that the additional content is correct and relevant and therefore the extra day is required.

“One of the criticisms levelled at inspection training (and which has been a bugbear of the industry since the inception of inspection courses) is that ‘someone with very little knowledge of the industry can attend a two day course then go out and inspect scaffolding.’ CISRS are constantly striving to alter that opinion, through better training.

“CISRS previously adopted the two day duration as that was the industry norm. However, we felt it was always something that may need to be revisited at some point – and the publication of TG20:13 has made it apparent that the information which needs to be passed onto an individual attending a Basic inspection course cannot be imparted within two days.

“Additionally, all individuals involved in scaffold inspection – regardless of whether they have attended a CISRS two or three day course – will need to ensure that they obtain a copy of the new TG20:13 suite of documents and become fully conversant with its contents.”

For further details about the new SITS courses and changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20, please visit www.nasc.org.uk.

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Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) Funding Rewards NASC Membership’s Committment to Training

Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) Funding rewards nASC Membership’s commitment to Training

The NASC has announced their Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) 2014 programme will begin this week. NASC members will be able to apply for a payment of L125 for any of their employees that have qualified to CISRS Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supverisor status since 1st September 2013. The operatives will need to have completed all requisite training and be in possession of a current valid CISRS card to be eligible.

This will be the third time NASC have run a QTW programme supported with the aid of funding obtained through CITB. Both the 2012 and 2013 QTW programmes were very successful – with over 200 NASC member operatives being trained and qualified to CISRS Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supervisor grade in each period. During this time, the NASC has made payments of around L50k back to the members through the QTW funding.

“CITB are very pleased to be supporting the NASC through the Qualifying The Workforce programme. They have exceeded their target in the two previous years, and we hope they can keep that successful momentum going in 2014. Well done to all those NASC members who particpated.” said Paul Gaze, CITB Specialist Federation Support Manager.

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In September 2013, CISRS introduced a CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) one day training course requirement, for those applying for a CISRS Scaffolding Labourer card or an initial New Entrant Trainee Scaffolders card. NASC will make up to 50 payments of L125 to employers who have put their operative through this new course and have obtained a CISRS Labourer or CISRS New Entrant Trainee card via this process.

The NASC states that it is important to encourage the take up of this new requirement of formal training for scaffolding labourers, which will be in line with changes to CSCS scheme rules concerning labourer qualifications, to be introduced later in 2014.

Dave Mosley NASC Director of Training said: “The scaffolding industry is one of the most proactive and supportive when it comes to operative training and qualification. A qualified workforce is one of the cornerstone principles of NASC membership. We appreciate that achieving this takes considerable time and expense on the part of the members and it’s great that we can offer some small financial reward to them thanks to the QTW programme.“

If NASC members are looking to take advantage of the QTW programme they should visit the NASC website: www.nasc.org.uk. And for further information on scaffolding training, please visit the CISRS website – www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.