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NASC Praised at Access Industry Forum (AIF) Conference

NASC Praised at Access Industry Forum (AIF) Conference

The work of the NASC has been widely praised by speakers and delegates at the recent Access Industry Form (AIF) National Work At Height Conference.

The conference took place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre at Loughborough University on Thursday 13th October and involved around 100 industry professionals and representatives from the 11 AIF member bodies, including leading trade associations and federations involved working at height.

Conference keynote speaker, Phillip White, Head of Operational Policy and Strategy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – who opened the conference, following introductions from AIF – praised AIF members, including the NASC specifically, for helping to “drive up health and safety standards in the work at height sector,” and made reference to the importance of the developing use of innovation and technology in the industry, such as the TG20:13 eGuide.

And industry expert, Barney Green, a freelance Technical Advisor who was representing the Association of Project Safety (APS) at the conference also heaped praise on the NASC for the TG20:13 eGuide, which he said was “an absolute game changer for the industry, a fabulous product and the best piece of guidance the NASC has published.”

The NASC also had a successful display stand at the event, and handed out the NASC 2016 Safety Report, promotional material and the new CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet and ‘Have You Got The Right Card?’ posters, as well as fielding questions and enquiries from many event delegates.

NASC’s Technical and Safety officer, Ken Johnson, who attended the event said: “It was an interesting meeting, well organised, with significant speakers. There have been several attempts over the years to provide an umbrella network for work at height groups, and AIF are doing a superb job of bringing the industry together. They are driving change and ultimately, helping to get those who work at height home safely to their loved ones. This conference has been an excellent step in the right direction, for AIF, as well as for NASC and CISRS, with some very useful dialogue.”

NASC Marketing consultant, Phil Royle added: “This has been an excellent and most useful event – with lively, engaging and informative expert speakers discussing a wide variety of work at height topics.

“It has also recognised how valuable the work that NASC and CISRS are doing is in the work at height and scaffolding sectors. To be praised highly by fellow industry professionals is indeed an honour. And we are delighted to be recognised for the good work our council, committee and staff members do – year in, year out – helping to make the scaffolding industry a safer place to work, through regulation, innovation and training.”

The NASC recently re-joined the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the UK’s leading platform for principal trade bodies and federations in the work at height sector – with effect from 1 July 2016. This conference was the first event NASC and CISRS have been involved with since rejoining.

For details about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member and for details about the NASC Scaffolding Specification Document, new biennial scaffolding product innovation award, to order copies of the SG4:You 2015 pocket guide, information on the latest Safety (SG) and Technical (TG) guidance, or to order a TG20:13 full suite, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And To obtain a copy of CAP 609, or the new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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New £1M Scottish CISRS Scaffolding Training Centre Opens

New £1M Scottish CISRS Scaffolding Training Centre Opens

CISRS has granted accreditation to a brand new scaffold training centre in the North East of Scotland – designed to meet the extensive needs of both the construction and oil and gas industries within the region.

The £1 million, purpose built training facility based at Clinterty in Aberdeen is the result of a matched funding partnership between The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy (ASET).

The business is the first scaffolding training centre in a region notable for the offshore scaffolding sector and will deliver a wide range of CISRS training ranging from apprenticeships to scaffold inspection.

Courses offered will include: CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS), Part 1, Part 2 and Basic Scaffolding Inspection Training Scheme (SITS), the centre will look to further enhance accreditation in the future to include the full range of CISRS courses, Advanced Scaffolding and Inspection, Supervisory training, Systems courses etc.

CISRS accreditation auditor, Trevor Donoghue said: “ASET and CITB have built an excellent centre here in Aberdeen, based upon the practical facilities I would envisage them increasing their CISRS course portfolio before next year’s annual audit visit.”

The centre aims to provide training for up to 50 scaffolding apprentices a year – with nine apprentices starting their apprenticeship in the first few weeks of the centre gaining accreditation.

Atholl Menzies, Chief Executive at ASET, commented: “This is an exciting time for ASET and CITB as we begin to realise our vision of creating a centre of excellence for scaffolding training in the North of Scotland. This purpose–built facility is perfectly positioned to meet the demand for accredited training at introductory and advanced levels – from Dundee to Shetland. The facility will train and upskill the Scottish workforce and benefit both the construction and oil and gas industries.

“The apprenticeship provision will help to attract new entrants into the industry, making an important contribution to the local economy. And the extensive range of commercial courses available will open up new opportunities for employers and individuals alike.

“Organisations now have a greater choice in selecting the right training options to develop the skills of their workforce, and individuals can choose to develop existing or acquire new skills in readiness for market opportunities in the decommissioning arena.”

Dundee-based employer Kevin Malone from Skyline Scaffolding Ltd’s apprentice, Darren Holt, who has just commenced his training at the new facility said: “I was extremely happy when I heard the new centre was opening. It is long overdue, and will certainly be a great boost for scaffolding training in the area.”

David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager echoed these sentiments when he stated: “There has been talk of opening a second CISRS training centre in Scotland for over a decade, NCC Scotland in Inchinnan is full to bursting at the moment, I’m sure the additional capacity in the North of Scotland will be very warmly received within the scaffolding fraternity, we wish them every success.”

A full listing of CISRS training courses at the new facility can be found at www.aset.co.uk. And for further information on the CISRS scheme, to obtain free copies of the CISRS General Information Booklet, ‘Have You Got The Right Card?’ CISRS poster, or any other relevant CISRS information please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.