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NASC 2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced

NASC 2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced

The NASC announced the results of its inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award at its Annual General Meeting in Manchester on Friday 21st November.

The new NASC Apprentice of the Year scheme – sponsored by both the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) – is aimed at individuals who are directly employed by an NASC Member company and are either part way through a formal scaffolding apprenticeship with an approved CISRS provider, or alternatively have successfully completed the apprenticeship programme in 2014.

The successful candidate needed to be conscientious, have shown a willingness to learn and develop skills and have gone above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification. The judge wanted to see evidence of someone who through hard work, personal development and a commitment to the industry would be viewed as a shining example to others looking to enter the scaffolding sector

The winner was selected by scheme judge and Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Diane Wood.

It was announced during the AGM, that the winner of the very first NASC Apprentice of the Year award was Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd in Mansfield.

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Josh will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £500, whilst the apprentice’s employer Kaefer C&D Ltd. will also receive a trophy and £500 to be spent on CISRS training with an approved provider. These prizes will be officially presented by NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, at the workplace of the winner at a mutually convenient date.

A special mention was also given to the two runners-up for the 2014 award, Dean Fry of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd and Matt Wernham of Connect Scaffolding Ltd, both of whom will also receive a trophy to recognise their efforts whilst working towards the achievement of their apprenticeships.

CITB’s Diane Wood said: “Josh originally started as a yard lad in 2011. He then applied for a labourer’s job and worked for a year labouring before moving into the Scaffold Division and starting an apprenticeship. He has not only overcome his own personal challenges of working away from home while so young, but has helped others – in particular another team member who was finding it difficult attending college and being away from home. Joshua’s support enabled this person to continue at college.

“The testimonies stating the willingness he demonstrates in everything he does, his enthusiasm to progress but also having time to help his peers stood out in his application, but in particular the comment of his tutor “that he has a very positive impact on the group setting an excellent example to others and setting the standard for behaviour and respect” made him my choice for this new award.”

Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager said: “Congratulations to Josh for winning in this inaugural year and Dean and Matt as runners-up. NASC members have a very long history of supporting scaffolding apprenticeship, which spans over four decades: We have sponsored the Annual NCC Scaffolding Apprentice Awards for almost as long. We were very happy to accept the offer of CITB and CISRS to help us set up our own NASC Apprentice of the Year prize in order to recognise the hard work and commitment of both the employer and employee.

“The competition for next year’s award should be particularly strong  thanks to the NASC President’s New Apprenticeship Challenge, which has generated 230 new scaffolding apprenticeships since November 2013. It’s all very positive for the industry, highlighting that the scaffolding sector is leading the way in apprentice training.”

For details about becoming an NASC member, apprenticeships and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13. And for more details about CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC 2014 Annual General Meeting

NASC 2014 Annual General Meeting

  • NASC Presidents New Apprentices Challenge up to 230 apprentice
  • £25,300 raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by member companies
  • Inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award winner: Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd
  • New look NASC 2015 Yearbook published
  • Strong sales of TG20:13 publications

The NASC’s well-attended Annual General Meeting took place at the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester city centre on Friday 21st November.

In a packed agenda, NASC MD Robin James reported on the recent publication of the new look NASC 2015 Yearbook, the sales success of the organisation’s “good practice guide for tube and fitting,” TG20:13, the publication of new and revised Safety and Technical guidance, Qualifying the Workforce Funding and the recent promotional work of the organisation at 2014 events, such as the Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCeL and Health & Safety North in Bolton.
In addition, Mr James provided a 2014 Annual Review with updates on the activities of the various standing committees. He said: “I would like to thank the standing committee members. They are the lifeblood and shop window of our organisation and are what helps to make us such a force within the scaffolding sector and wider construction industry.”

NASC President, Kevin Ward then updated those present on his New Apprentices Challenge – the plan to create 400 new scaffolding apprenticeships during his two year tenure, simultaneously raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Mr Ward informed the membership that 230 new apprentices have been created by NASC member companies since the scheme began 12 months ago. This equates to more than £25,300 being raised for TCT – at the half way point of the scheme.

Special mention was made of Seabro Ltd who are currently topping the New Apprentices Challenge league – with 16 new apprentices commencing training during this period. And credit was also given to other member companies in double figures, with Interserve Industrial Services Ltd on 14, Connect Scaffolding Ltd on 11 and B J Champion Scaffolding Ltd, Lyndon Scaffolding plc, TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd and UK Access Solutions Ltd all with 10 new apprentices each.

Mr Ward said: “An amazing 230 new apprentices have been created by NASC member companies in 12 months. Well done to members! But we can’t afford to be complacent.”

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NASC Training Director and CISRS Manager, Dave Mosley added: “The apprenticeship scheme numbers are very positive for the industry, showing that the scaffolding sector is leading the way in apprenticeship training. We are confident the 400 goal will be surpassed by this time next year, with continued support from the membership.”

Mr Mosley also announced the NASC’s inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award winner – Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd – along with runners-up, Dean Fry (Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd) and Matt Wernham (Connect Scaffolding Ltd). It is expected that there will be no shortage of entries for the 2015 award, thanks to the New Apprentice Challenge.

In conclusion, NASC MD Mr James announced that the 2015 NASC AGM and Annual Ball will be held in Leeds.

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the New Apprentices Challenge, TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC launch 2015 Yearbook

NASC launch 2015 Yearbook

The NASC has launched its 2015 Yearbook, which is packed with 94 pages of news about the confederation and its 250+ members, including a wealth of fascinating Project News reports showcasing the best of UK scaffolding contracts over the last 12 months.

NASC Managing Director Robin James reports on a positive 2014 for the membership as the industry begins to recover from the recession. He also notes the wide pick-up and acceptance of TG20:13 good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding by the industry. NASC President Kevin Ward considers why more and more principal contractors are now choosing NASC members for their access and scaffolding requirements, and reports on his New Apprentices Challenge in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 2015 Yearbook includes a number of articles from the Chairs of NASC standing committees, including Vice President Alan Lilley on plans for the NASC audit process in 2015, updates on CISRS training by Dave Francis, developments in Health and Safety by Adrian Rooney, and updates on Technical guidance by James Attridge. Des Moore and Jerry Watts provide updates on the Code of Practice product audit, and Trevor Clarke and Liz Bridge report on employment affairs and contractual matters.

In addition, there is a double page spread on recent updates to TG20:13 including the introduction of Supplement 1 and eGuide Version 1.1, together with a full listing of NASC publications, and a directory of NASC full and information members. A profile of SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association) is included, together with a directory of SAEMA members. Also included is a listing of approved CISRS training providers, together with details of NASC membership criteria and the NASC Code of Conduct.

The NASC 2015 Yearbook has been designed, edited and printed by Construction Manager publishers Atom, with a radical re-design and new look. This incorporates a striking cover and contents page, a complete overhaul of the information sections and committee listings, together with further improvements.

Robin James said: “It’s a great step forward for the confederation’s Yearbook. The bold new look and design are eye-catching and mean that the wealth of information contained within are a lot easier to navigate and digest. Despite the fact that we live in a ‘digital age’ this publication seems to improve every year. It’s clear that people still like to have a copy of the NASC Yearbook in their hands.

“In addition to all the reports, features, and useful listings, there’s a formidable array of scaffolding projects carried out by member companies in the Project News section. Once again, the NASC Yearbook testifies to the unique skill set and versatility of NASC contracting members across the UK. I would urge all who work in the scaffolding sector – and indeed the wider construction industry – to pay careful attention to the contents of the NASC 2015 Yearbook.”

An e-reader version of the NASC 2015 Yearbook is available to view here and on the NASC Website.

To obtain a hard copy of the 2015 Yearbook or for further details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC New Apprentices Challenge Gains Momentum and Support approaching the Halfway Mark

NASC New Apprentices Challenge Gains Momentum and Support approaching the Halfway Mark

The NASC President’s ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year term has gained momentum recently – with the news that NASC member Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd has joined the list of 10 other NASC member companies which are sponsoring the challenge’s charitable element in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

This now means the 11 charity sponsoring NASC member companies are collectively donating £110 to TCT for each new apprentice started by an NASC member up to the target number, potentially raising £44,000 at the end of the challenge in November 2015.

NASC President, Kevin Ward will be announcing the good news and providing an update on the scheme’s progress to date at the confederation’s AGM in Manchester later this month – one year on from its launch, following his inauguration as President in November 2013. It is hoped that apprentice numbers will be at or over the 200 mark, equating to more than £22,000 raised for The Teenage Cancer Trust, to date, at the halfway point.

Mr Ward said: “I am delighted at the progress so far, in terms of new apprentices being taken on by our members. And I am looking forward to seeing what progress we have made at the halfway point of the initiative. However, regardless of any success in terms of numbers to date, I know there’s a long way to go before we can consider the challenge a success – so I want to encourage all NASC members to continue to recruit new scaffolding apprentices over the coming year.”

He added: “I am very grateful for the generous support and also delighted to welcome Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd to the growing list of member companies sponsoring the charitable side of this challenge – which is a fantastic and very worthy cause indeed. And should any other members wish to join them by becoming sponsors, they would be very welcome and should initially contact Jamie McGuire at NASC HQ.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, West Midlands said: “We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its sponsor members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help support young people with cancer, so they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone.”

For details about and updates on the New Apprentices Challenge and Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit here. For more information about becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.