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Multiple NASC Members Nominated For CN Specialist Awards

Multiple NASC Members Nominated For CN Specialist Awards

Three NASC member companies – GKR Scaffolding, St Helens Plant & Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding – have been shortlisted for the Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016.

The three NASC firms are in a shortlist of eight UK contractors – all nominated in the Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year category for their outstanding projects in the UK, or for their stand out work in the scaffolding sector.

And members, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding are actually nominated for three awards – Access & Scaffolding Specialist, Apprentice of the Year (Dean Fry) and Project of the Year (Lloyds bank).

The prestigious awards ceremony – billed by top construction media title, Construction News as “Celebrating the very best specialist contractors in the UK” – will take place on the 24th February at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, who have been nominated five years in a row (and won in 2012 and 2015) said: “We are delighted to have been nominated once again for the CN Specialist awards. The standards we set ourself in our scaffolding and access projects are incredibly high, and it’s nice to get recognition for that dedication for our hardworking team. It’s quite a big year for us, as we are up for three awards. We’re not expecting to win them all obviously, but we have got our fingers crossed.”

Lee Rowswell, GKR Scaffolding Ltd. Director said: “We are extremely honoured to be nominated for the third year running for this award. We are committed to raising the standards of scaffolding by investing in our people and finding a better way to deliver projects safely to the highest standards. This nomination exemplifies the work we have been doing for the past 21 years.”

And Gordon Pilling of St Helens Plant said: “St Helens Plant Ltd were considered for the awards because of the unique services we offer to the scaffolding sector – as the only fully encompassing reconditioning and manufacturing facility of non-mechanical plant in the UK. Through our facility we see at source the standard of re-used equipment and also some of the imported products that show early defects.”

NASC MD, Robin James added: “Once again, NASC members have made up a large proportion of the nominations in this Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year CN Awards category, and others too – proving that the strictly audited and regulated standards to which they adhere are creating remarkable projects and access solutions across the UK. We’d like to wish all three companies the very best of luck for the awards ceremony.”

A Construction News spokesperson said: “We’d like to say congratulations to all our finalists who have made the cut from a bumper crop of excellent entries and to thank all of the companies that took part this year.“

Results from this media industry event will be shared on the NASC’s Twitter feed (@NASCscaffolding). And for details about becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. Or for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Set To Attract Smaller Scaffolding Firms In 2016

NASC Set To Attract Smaller Scaffolding Firms In 2016

The NASC has made a bold move to attract small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) scaffolding firms to the confederation – by reducing the minimum subscription threshold, specifically:

  • From 1st January 2016 a lower subscription tier has been created.
  • Companies with annual turnover below £1 million will be charged an annual subscription of just £995 + VAT.
  • Subscriptions for companies with a turnover between £1 million and £1,376,200 (the previous minimum annual turnover) will increase incrementally from £995 to £1,600 + VAT.

This NASC initiative was announced at the organisation’s AGM on 27th November 2015 – reflecting the newly sworn-in President Alan Lilley’s desire to attract greater numbers of smaller scaffolding contractors to the NASC.

Furthermore, the confederation is also in the process of fine-tuning a range of benefits for small companies wishing to apply for membership, with details to follow in the trade press, news releases, on social media and at 2016 NASC events.

MD Robin James said: “The NASC is an inclusive organisation. We are looking to broaden the appeal of membership to smaller companies who are prepared to comply with our code of conduct, our robust auditing procedure, and help us to set the standard for scaffolding here in the UK.

“In reducing the NASC minimum annual subscription rate, we are facilitating the creation of a level playing field for the smaller scaffolding contractor. This will enable NASC to regulate this important sector of the industry – helping to drive up standards.”

NASC President Alan Lilley added: “It is one of my main aims as the new NASC President to alter the false “club” perception of the confederation and to increase the membership – especially within the UK’s elite small and medium sized scaffolding firms. And this starts with us lowering the turnover threshold to £1 million and the annual subscription to below £1,000, effective from 1st January 2016.

“The NASC is also very happy to provide support with membership applications (including meeting the requirements for membership and completing the application form, for example). This will hopefully give every applicant the best chance of passing the application process and getting them on the right path for a successful desktop and site audit.

“We look forward to receiving applications from smaller scaffolding contractors with the same high standards to which our members adhere, and we wish them luck with their membership journey.”

For details on changes to NASC membership subscription criteria, how to join the NASC, the launch of the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance, the TG20:13 full suite and on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Apprentice of the Year 2015 Winner Presentation

NASC Apprentice of the Year 2015, Paul Howell has recently received his winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £500 during a presentation ceremony carried out at the West Yorkshire offices of his employer Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd (CASL).

The presentation was made by NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley and Apprentice of the Year Scheme Judge and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator Diane Wood.

Paul, 28 received his accolade alongside his Managing Director, Tony McDonald and Health & Safety Manager, Mick Shepherd, who also received a trophy and cash prize as employers of the NASC Apprentice of the Year award winner.

NASC were looking for ‘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.’

Paul had worked for CASL as a labourer for a period of time, but both he and his employer felt it was time for him to move forward with his career and commence a scaffolding apprenticeship. It was during this period that he showed his absolute commitment to the programme, without missing any of his practical training or work based experience – despite a chain of highly traumatic events in his life, including the death of his father and very shortly after this his partner also being diagnosed with a serious illness.

CITB’s Mrs Wood said: “I have chosen Paul as he has demonstrated immense strength of character and commitment as he faced the most difficult of personal challenges throughout the whole period of his apprenticeship, without requesting any adjustments either at work or college. Testimonies from both his employer and tutor are that he is an inspiration to everyone. Throughout this very testing period in his life he managed to offer advice, guidance and encouragement to other apprentices and continues to do this with the new apprentices at Complete Access, who look upon him as a mentor.”

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley added: “On meeting Paul, you can see that he is a very level headed and committed young man. He has managed to gain his scaffolding qualifications under circumstances which would have understandably seen many others drop out. He thoroughly deserves this award, he is a credit to himself, his employer and a great example to the wider industry of the calibre of the people who work within scaffolding.”

Mick Shepherd of Complete Access Scaffolding who made the submission for the award on Paul’s behalf also commented: “The way Paul conducted himself during a very stressful time in his life has showed he has the mental ability to cope with anything life can throw at him. He has been an inspiration to all at Complete. Never once has he let his personal situation affect his attitude to work and his commitment to complete his training.”

In addition to the NASC’s Apprentice of the Year Award, Paul has also been awarded a CITB apprentice “Achievement Through Adversity” commendation “for his commitment to his training, in the face of difficult personal circumstances” at a CITB National Awards Ceremony in London, by TV presenter, Helen Skelton.

This is only the second year the NASC have held this Apprentice of the Year award, but the quality of the submissions has been at the highest level. And a special mention should also be given to the runner-up, Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding Ltd (with both Scott and his employer also receiving a trophy and a cash prize).

For details about scaffolding apprenticeships, scaffolding training, becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

And for more details on CISRS training, scaffolding apprenticeships and a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.