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CISRS OSTS Expands Reach with New Saudi Arabia Centre

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CISRS OSTS Expands Reach with New Saudi Arabia Centre

The Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme (OSTS) has expanded its global reach with the launch of the first CISRS approved training centre in Saudi Arabia.

The new training facility, located in Dammam, has been launched by TAFE Arabia (Technical and Further Education) in partnership with Simian Skill.

Operatives will be able to undertake CISRS OSTS Level 1 and 2, Basic Inspection, Scaffolding Supervisor and OSTS CPD courses.

Abdulghani Alrumaih, CEO of TAFE Arabia, said: “TAFE has been providing high quality training in this region for over a decade. When we considered offering scaffold training we were only interested in delivering CISRS OSTS approved programmes.

“We are very proud to be the first CISRS OSTS in Saudi Arabia and sure our partnership with Simian Skill will be a great success, improving the skills of the scaffolding sector and helping to establish a robust and recognised qualification across industry.”

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, and Ian Fyall, Operations Director at Simian Skill, travelled to Saudi Arabia for the accreditation audit at the new training centre.

Whilst in the Region CISRS, TAFE and Simian took part in Scaffold Safety Awareness Workshop arranged by multinational oil and gas company Saudi Aramco, attended by more than 100 delegates from across the province.

Dave Mosley said: “I was very pleased to take part in the Scaffold Safety Awareness Workshop and would like to thank Saudi Aramco for the invitation. While CISRS UK has historically been recognised in Saudi Arabia, the development of OSTS will allow the scheme to be delivered to the sector locally, reaching a much larger proportion of the industry.”

Ian Fyall added: “Simian has had a lot of interest for training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and have previously met with a number of providers. TAFE stood out from the crowd as they shared our ambition.

“We’ve worked together during the past 12 months to get this centre up and running to KSA standards. From our meetings with Saudi Aramco we are feeling positive for full training courses.”

Caption: (L-R) = Ian Fyall, Operations Director at Simian Skill, Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, and Abdulghani Alrumaih CEO of TAFE Arabia

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Scaffolding Apprenticeship Switch Set for October

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Scaffolding Apprenticeship Switch Set for October

The next generation of scaffolding apprentices in England will be trained through the Scaffolding Trailblazer programme, which launches on October 1 2018.

This programme will replace the current apprenticeship framework, which will be withdrawn on the same day. Those who register on the current system prior to the changeover will have a two-year run out to allow these apprentices to complete their training.

The Government established the Trailblazer initiative as part of a major reform of apprenticeship training in England. Scotland and Wales have yet to sign up to Trailblazers programme and as such apprentices within these countries will continue to train via the current framework.

The Scaffolding Trailblazer standard was developed by a committee comprising representatives from around 15 scaffolding contractors and supplemented by Institute of apprenticeship staff, CISRS, CITB and two approved training providers.

The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has been tasked by committee with providing programme criteria and materials such as PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans and test papers for those looking to deliver Trailblazer.

Dave Francis, Scaffolding Trailblazer Committee Chair, said: “The Trailblazer initiative has allowed us to complete a full review of the apprenticeship programme. Together with the support of the Institute for Apprenticeships, industry professionals have developed the standards necessary for individuals to enhance their careers in the construction sector through a Trailblazer apprenticeship.

“Employers have the ability to directly control their employees training, with the knowledge that they are participating in a standardised apprenticeship programme with full quality assessment, delivering the workforce that industry requires.”

For more information on the Scaffolding Trailblazer click here.

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Provision of CISRS OSTS Training Expanded in Oman

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Provision of CISRS OSTS Training Expanded in Oman

The National Training Institute (NTI) and Simian Skill have expanded the portfolio of courses offered at their Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) facility in Oman after successfully passing their first CISRS annual accreditation visit.

More than 540 operatives attended OSTS training at the purpose-built centre in its maiden year, completing either Level 1, Inspection or Scaffolding Supervisor courses. The centre has recently started to deliver the Level 2 course and has now broadened its training offer further still.

Ian Fyall, Operations Director at Simian Skill, said: “After a one-year partnership with NTI we have seen the centre go from strength to strength training more than 500 people. Following the CISRS audit we are proud to now offer Advanced Scaffold Inspection and OSTS CISRS Level 3.”

CISRS does not issue certification for attendance only and there has been 10 operatives that have failed to meet the required standard of skills and knowledge within this period and as such failed the courses. These operatives will need to go back to industry for additional experience and hopefully return to repeat the course at a later date.

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “I spoke to the scaffolders attending the Level 2 course and their feedback was very positive about the course content, the centre facilities and the instructor Abid Gul. Well done to NTI and Simian, keep up the good work.”

CISRS and Simian Skill representatives recently met with representatives of Manahal Training Centre in Bahrain who are currently in discussion with the local ministry of labour to have CISRS OSTS recognised as the required standard for qualification in Bahrain. If they can achieve this, Manahal will look to partner with Simian in order to deliver OSTS.

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Consider Safety at Procurement Stage

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Consider Safety at Procurement Stage

By Stephen Allen-Tidy, NASC Health and Safety Advisor

One of the main aims of the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is to promote high standards of safety within the industry.

We achieve this in part through the production and dissemination of a wide range of industry-recognised safety and technical guidance, created to support the needs of scaffolding contractors, their operatives and clients.

It’s clear that the scaffolding industry is safer than ever, something that is evidenced in our annual NASC Safety Report. The 2018 edition showed accidents and injuries recorded by NASC members fell to an all-time low in 2017, with just 89 incidents occurring on-site throughout the year.

It also revealed that there were 14 falls from height recorded by NASC full contracting members – representing more than 16,000 scaffolding operatives across the UK, and while this marks a 46% reduction year-on-year we’d like to see this reach 0.

To further reduce the number of falls from height, we will continue to promote best practice to scaffolding contractors and their operatives, ensuring they are working safely on site day-to-day.

We’re also keen to encourage more clients to go a step further from their day-to-day safety obligations and consider safety at the procurement stage – something they are required to do under Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 and the Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005.

Under CDM 2015, the client – project manager, contracts manager, facilities manager or anyone who engages with a scaffolding or other construction contractor – must draw up a brief that sets out what the works will entail and provide any necessary safety-related information such as asbestos registers, access to working at height areas and confined spaces.

The WAHR 2005 places the onus on principal contractors to appoint contractors that are sufficiently skilled, knowledgeable, trained and experienced to carry out the required work.

The NASC has created a Scaffold Specification Template that makes the management and procurement of scaffolding contractors simple.

Clients that use this easy-to-use document will save themselves time and protect themselves against the threat of prosecution in the event of an on-site incident. They will also play their part in reducing falls from height by ensuring only contractors that have proven skills and experience to win the contract get on site.

It’s this preliminary safety step that can help to further reduce the number of falls from height.

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NASC Supplier Members on The Rise

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NASC Supplier Members on The Rise

Forgeco Ltd has become the third established scaffolding supplier in as many months to have their application to become an NASC full non-contracting member approved.

The company, based in Wolverhampton, imports and distributes a wide range of scaffolding equipment and fittings.

Forgeco Ltd’s application – like those recently submitted by PSB Sales Ltd and PcP Gratings Ltd – met the stringent NASC membership criteria, and they were formally accepted as NASC members earlier this month.

Samuel Crowley, Group Technical Director at Forgeco Ltd’s parent company SCP Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have attained NASC full non contracting membership. By joining the NASC and undertaking the manufacturer product audit process we are now able to make our customers’ lives easier and help them keep their supply chain as streamlined as possible.”

Sean Pike, Chair of the NASC Hire, Sales and Manufacturing Committee and Managing Director of Layher UK, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Forgeco Ltd into the NASC full non contracting membership fold.

“Holding this membership provides additional reassurance to Forgeco Ltd customers that their products are proven to perform to the highest standards.”

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Cisrs Cpd


Since the introduction of Scaffolder CPD into the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) on July 1st 2017, more than 2,500 scaffolders have completed the two-day programme.

CISRS announced their intent to introduce the CPD requirement around 12 months ahead of its launch date and not all within the sector welcomed the news with open arms.

However, feedback from those who have completed CISRS CPD to date has been overwhelmingly positive, with the vast majority of attendees stating that it was constructive and beneficial.

Joe Freaney, Contracts Manager at GKR Scaffolding Ltd, said: “Before attending the course to renew my advanced ticket, I thought it was going to be two wasted days of my week. How wrong was I.

“I found the course to be very informative and learned many things about TG20:13 that I thought I already knew but didn’t. It’s always good to refresh the massive amount of technical data that we use on a day to day basis.

“The inspection module of the course is a valuable extra, allowing me to inspect scaffold up to an advanced level, look at scaffolds from a different perspective and examine them closely. The only part of the course I felt was of no use to me personally was the alloy tower aspect, but it may have been useful to some of the other candidates.

“It was surprising how much information was delivered in the two days and the instructor was outstanding. The technical package handout was also good with all the latest SG4 and TG20 regulations enclosed, all in all a very good course.”

Ash Humphreys, a scaffolder who recently completed CPD at Simian Skill in Warrington, said: “I’ve learnt quite a lot. I was pleased with the CPD training and think it was worthwhile.”

CISRS will conduct an in-depth review of the current CPD programme in due course, during which feedback from the industry will act as a main focus. Comments will be taken on board and the next cycle of CPD will look to address any common themes raised.

Wherever possible CISRS has looked to work with training providers to offer value for money. With the help of a number of organisations (listed below) and to mark the one-year anniversary of the introduction of CPD, a series of heavily subsided courses (£50) are currently being run across the UK.

This coupled with the original pilot courses and an initial launch offer of free courses means that more than 20 courses have been delivered either free of charge or for £50 in this 12-month period. This is something that CISRS is likely to repeat in 2019.

Chris Churcher of QCF Developments, Cardiff, said: “The recent subsidised CPD course carried out at the Centre proved to be a great success. The interactive content of the course gave the delegates time to reflect on their job roles and helped to show where they could make improvements.”

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is currently offering a CPD cashback payment to its members, with £125 available for each operative that they put through the programme.

The completion and payment of CISRS CPD has been written into the NAECI Agreement with a similar statement is likely to be included within the CIJC Working Rule Agreement.

David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “Despite some reticence it has been a very busy and successful 12 months for CISRS CPD, courses are full and feedback is positive. There will always be some resistance to changes, when the card renewal and Health and Safety Test requirement was introduced into Industry training schemes in 2000, there was a much bigger backlash from the sector.

“However, the majority of people involved in scaffolding accept that the introduction of CPD was the right thing to do.”

For more information about CISRS CPD click here.



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