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NASC & CISRS Re-develop CITB Level Two Scaffolding Diploma

NASC & CISRS Re-develop CITB Level Two Scaffolding Diploma

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) have recently been assisting the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with a radical re-development of its Level Two Diploma for scaffolding apprentices (No. 601/3726/5). The new Diploma in Scaffolding will be available for registration from September 1st 2014.
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A working party made up of representatives from CISRS, NASC, the CITB awarding body, approved training providers (NCC Midlands, Simian Skills and Safety and Access) and Scaffolding contractors including NASC members, Brand Energy (SGB), Deborah Services Ltd and Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd, has been meeting in recent months to review the content of the Level Two Scaffolding diploma.

The main focus has been to bring the diploma in line with the launch of the NASC’s new ‘best practice guidelines for tube and fitting scaffolding’ – TG20:13. And in addition to this, other “outstanding issues” have been resolved e.g. splitting the Independent scaffold from the Birdcage scaffold exercises, to enable them to be taken as standalone units. The new qualification has also been updated to include a unit on Prefabricated Aluminium Towers.

A CITB spokesperson said: “The Level Two Diploma in Scaffolding was initially launched in August 2013 as part of the Training Qualification Review, as such it was updated in line with legislation and industry guidance that was valid at that time. It was however recognised that the scaffolding sector was going through a series of changes at this point, most importantly the imminent introduction of TG20:13 which was scheduled to be released in Spring 2014. Following an approach from NASC and CISRS, we felt a further review to the existing qualification content to confirm it met the new requirements was justified. After a meeting with them and other industry representatives, it was established that the qualification did require updating to ensure it was fit for purpose and met with what the industry needs to effectively train its workforce.”

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Dave Mosley (CISRS Scheme Manager) said: “We had originally looked at the diploma with a view to replacing some of the construction industry generic elements with more scaffolding sector specific items. It soon became apparent that following the launch of TG20:13 there where several existing units which would now need further examination. The working group has performed very well and we would we like to thank CITB for their positive and swift response to our sector’s request for a review. We are happy with the changes and feel that the industry now has a more relevant and representative diploma on offer.”

For further details about CISRS courses and training changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

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NASC Member Apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards

NASC Member Apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards

The National Construction College – the training provider for the Construction Industry Training Board, CITB – has just hosted its annual NCC award ceremonies, at regional venues across the UK, in Scotland, South and London, Midlands and the East.

The NASC sponsored the Access category of the NCC Apprentice Awards, and is pleased to report that NASC member companies provided a large number of the nominees for awards in Year One and Year Two Scaffolding, including all three nominees in NCC South and London, and NCC East. There were also NASC member nominees and winners in the Essential Skills Apprentices Award category too.

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “Historically, NASC member companies have always done well getting their apprentices into the NCC Awards, and this year is no exception – with a number of nominees and two winners in the 2014 Awards.”

CISRS Training Manager Dave Mosley, said: “Congratulations to all those NASC member companies who had apprentices nominated for awards at recent round of National Construction College Apprentice events. NASC were particularly well represented in the NCC South and London region, with all three Year One nominees, including the winner, being employed by member companies.

“The NCC Awards are a great way of celebrating apprenticeship schemes in scaffolding and access, which we fully support. We’d like to wish each apprentice nominated and those who won awards our congratulations, and we wish them every success in their scaffolding and access careers.”

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The National Construction College continues to be the largest training provider of its kind in Europe – supporting over 26,000 individuals every year including over 700 apprentices, and enjoying achievement rates well above the national average.

An NCC spokesperson said: “Each year, at our annual Apprentice Awards ceremonies, we celebrate the success of those apprentices who have made an outstanding contribution to their studies and have demonstrated a real commitment to kick starting their careers in the construction sector.”

For further details about CISRS training courses, information and dates on courses available, a full list of training providers or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

Full list of NASC members’ workforce nominated for NCC Apprentice Awards 2014 (winners in bold)

NCC Scotland Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Lee Bannerman                                 MJD & Sons (Scaffolding) Ltd
Michael Glen                                     Cape Industrial Services Ltd

NCC Scotland Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
Andrew Mooney                                Interserve Industrial Services Ltd

NCC Midlands Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Steven Symes                                   Oxford Spires Scaffolding Ltd

NCC South and London Year 1 Scaffolding Apprentice
Ashley Wattingham                         Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd
Wayne Mills                                      Lyndon Scaffolding PLC
Matthew Gilchrist                               Seabro Ltd

NCC South and London Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
James Helder                                    BJ Champion Scaffolding Ltd

NCC East Year 2 Scaffolding Apprentice
Terry Crowdy                                     Fourways Plant Ltd
Steve Stone                                      Blencowe Scaffolding Ltd

NCC East Essential Skills Award
Marc Whitestone                               J.W. Scaffolding Ltd
James Wade                                   J.W. Scaffolding Ltd 

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NASC President’s New Scaffolding Apprentices Challenge Update

NASC President’s New Scaffolding Apprentices Challenge Update

NASC President, Kevin Ward’s scheme to create a minimum of 400 new scaffolding apprentices during his two-year term is off to a flying start.

New apprentices are listed within the challenge figures once they have successfully completed their induction training. The total currently stands at 153, meaning the membership is on track to meet its target.

Mr Ward – a former scaffolding apprentice himself – unveiled his ambitious scheme at the NASC AGM on November 22nd 2013, also revealing that The Teenage Cancer Trust would be a beneficiary of the challenge, with each new apprentice generating £100 in sponsorship from participating NASC member companies. Assuming the 400 apprentices target is met, this will mean the charity will receive a minimum donation of £40,000 from NASC members, through the two year programme.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said:  “If we reach our target this will not only bring much needed new blood into our industry at a time when many members are experiencing problems with the supply of labour, but will also result in a sizeable donation to a very worthy cause. “I’m very pleased with the quick, positive response from NASC member companies to date, well done and thank you for the support.”

“Of course, we must not rest on our laurels. There’s still a long way to go to reach our goal in just over 15 months’ time.”

It is interesting to note that one in four member companies, representing a healthy mix of large, medium and smaller sized businesses, has put one, or in some cases several, new apprentices through their induction training since the challenge was issued in November. We have been advised that a considerable number of new apprentices have since been registered and are now awaiting available dates to complete their induction before being added to the list.

Mr Ward believes that the NASC membership has a responsibility to lead from the front and set the right example to the rest of the scaffolding industry, as well as to clients. The confederation would urge any of its members yet to take on any new apprentices since November to get recruiting now and play their part in ensuring that the sector has a skilled workforce for the future.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “I am confident NASC members will get behind the scheme and it should be a relatively straightforward commitment for us to fulfil as the members are great supporters of CISRS training.” He added “I would like to hear from any member company struggling to find a placement with a suitable approved training provider for any of its new apprentices and we will do whatever we can to help them out.”

The NASC’s President’s apprenticeship scheme has the backing of the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP – after NASC President, Kevin Ward wrote to the Prime Minister to inform him of the challenge.

Mr Hancock said: “Apprentices are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people of all ages with the skills employers need to grow and compete. Research shows Apprenticeships are good for people, good for the economy, and help employers build a loyal and competent workforce. We rely on employers offering opportunities, so I welcome your support of the Apprenticeships programme in making this new commitment.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraiser for The Teenage Cancer Trust added: “We are very excited with the plan… and we would like to thank the NASC membership for supporting The Teenage Cancer Trust. This money will make such a difference to the lives of teenagers and young adults that have been affected by cancer. We rely on donations to fund our vital work and help transform the lives of young people with cancer.”

To discover more about and get involved with the NASC’s 400 Apprentices drive and The Teenage Cancer Trust charity work, please visit www.nasc.org.uk, email enquiries@nasc.org.uk or call 020 7822 7400.

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WATA receives CISRS accreditation

WATA receives CISRS accreditation

West Anglia Training Association (WATA) of Huntingdon, Cambridge has become the latest training provider to gain Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) accreditation.

Following successful completion of their CISRS accreditation audit which took place in early June, WATA can now offer the following courses: CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding, CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS), Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS), and they are also looking to offer several System product courses in the near future.

A brand new purpose built practical training area has been erected at their site at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. It is fitted out to the highest specification using what the experienced staff at WATA feel are the most effective and efficient ideas for layout, training structures etc. that they had witnessed whilst visiting or working at other approved training providers.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “WATA’s commitment to the CISRS scheme is reflected in the investment and drive they put into producing this high quality facility. Only six months ago on my first visit to the proposed site it was just a field with a few rabbits running around, in the very short time since that visit they now have an excellent centre in which to deliver CISRS training.”

The other facilities within the campus are of equally high quality, the classrooms, on site canteen and welfare provision will all make for a very conducive atmosphere for learning.

WATA will also offer Scaffolding Apprenticeships, which will be welcomed by the industry as there has been very high demand for apprentice places of late.

The Centre has managed to secure some additional funding and as such are currently able to offer CISRS training at a subsided rate. For more details on this you should contact the centre directly tel. 01480 435544 or email info@wata.co.uk

Chief Executive Officer Nigel Donohue said: “We are delighted to have gained our initial CISRS accreditation at WATA, we have a great facility here and very experienced staff and it is our intention to add to the suite of CISRS courses we offer with Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding as soon as the scheme rules allow.”

For further details about all CISRS accredited training centres, tube and fitting and system scaffolding CISRS courses, or for information about any of the scaffolding training courses on offer, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC formally withdraws TG20:08

NASC Formally Withdraws TG20:08

Further to publication of TG20:13 in February the NASC has formally withdrawn TG20:08.

From 1 July 2014, the NASC recommends that all tube and fitting scaffold structures should be supported by TG20:13, using TG20:13 eGuide generated compliance sheets, or should be supported by a bespoke scaffold design.

TG20:13 aims to raise the awareness of good scaffolding practice across the construction industry, with a view to improving health and safety standards throughout the sector. TG20:13 has been designed to reduce the requirement for bespoke scaffolding design for standard scaffolding structures.

The TG20:13 suite of publications, developed by the NASC with software experts CADS, is supported by the UKCG, HSE, and CITB, and is underpinned by detailed structural research and conforms with the European standard for scaffolding BS EN 12811.

The pricing structure for the full suite of TG20:13 publications is posted on the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk and discounted rates are available for NASC member companies.

TG20:13 is comprised of four distinctive publications. Two comprehensive A4 books (Operational & Design Guides) are supplemented by a pocket-sized TG20:13 User Guide, and the innovative and user-friendly software known as the TG20:13 ‘e-Guide’. The eGuide incorporates ‘TG20 Compliance Sheets’ which significantly reduce the requirement for additional scaffold design. The TG20:13 eGuide is also now available as an Android App at www.nasc.org.uk.

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “Now that TG20:13 has had a four month ‘bedding in’ period, the time has come to withdraw its predecessor TG20:08, to ensure that industry is working to current guidance. The NASC is confident that its members, and the wider industry, will continue to welcome this innovative product, which will help to reduce design costs for a range of standard scaffold designs, as well as drive up standards and help to make the industry a safer place.”

Those wishing to purchase a copy of TG20:13 should consult the publications section of the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk or email enquiries@nasc.org.uk or call 020 7822 7400.

Further information and TG20:13 auxiliary material is also available via the NASC’s social media channels:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NASCscaffolding
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NASCscaffolding
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/NASClondon