NASC Appoints New Training Officer
The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation has strengthened its learning and skills capabilities through the appointment of a new training officer.
Henry Annafi brings a wealth of training, apprenticeship and stakeholder engagement expertise to the NASC team, having previously managed multiple high profile training initiatives for the public and private sector.
In his new role as NASC Training Officer, Henry will support members with any training issues they may have and also encourage more people to take up positions in the scaffolding industry.
Henry said: “I am excited to be joining the NASC and look forward to helping members reach their training objectives as well as engaging with jobseekers both directly and indirectly to bring more people into the industry.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “I am really pleased to welcome Henry to the NASC. His role will see him working with the members, but also with third parties to address industry training needs and access additional funding opportunities.
“He’ll also play a key role in promoting the industry as a worthwhile and rewarding career choice for people who are interested in becoming scaffolding operatives as well as those looking to take up a broad range of other roles, such as supervisors, estimators, health and safety advisors, surveyors, designers and trainers.”
New NASC Scaffolding Magazine Hits the Shelves
The NASC is delighted to announce that the inaugural issue of Scaffolding magazine, published on behalf of the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) by Construction Manager, is now available.
It can be read here. Hard copies come free with the March edition of Construction Manager.
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The aim of this publication is to further strengthen ties between the NASC, the trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, and the wider construction industry by providing an insight into the expertise and cutting-edge innovation of NASC full contracting and non contracting members.
“The NASC strictly audits its members every year to ensure compliance with NASC Criteria, Code of Conduct and Code of Practice for scaffolding products. These high standards are recognised and valued by construction industry leaders, who are stipulating ‘NASC’ only’ companies for access and scaffolding in increasing numbers every year.
“Beyond that, it is the ingenuity, reliability and in-depth scaffolding knowledge and experience of our members that helps to set them apart from non-NASC contractors. I hope these efforts come across in the new Scaffolding magazine.”
Contractual Guidance Notes Updated
Contractual guidance notes focused on the hiring of hoists and contract clauses have been updated and amended.
CG5:19 Contractual Issues Relating to the Hiring of Hoists and CG12:19 Contract Clauses were reviewed and amended by the NASC Contracts Committee as part of the NASC’s ongoing efforts to ensure all reference materials remain up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.
They are all available for purchase via the NASC online shop here.
A new guidance note – CG20:19 A Guide to Monitoring and Chasing Debt – is currently being finalised and will be published in the summer. As the title suggests, the 12-page document provides assistance with the control and collection of debts.
David Brown, Chair of the NASC Contracts Committee, said: “By updating CG5:19 and introducing the new guidance note CG20:19 we believe that we are providing our members with high quality guidance that will assist them in their day to day activities.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “We are pleased to have updated two further CG notes and adding another commercially beneficial title in the coming months.
“The confederation looks to review all published materials every five years, bringing them up to date with legislation and the evolving requirement of scaffolding contractors as required.”
CISRS Training Set for Capital Growth
CISRS scaffolder training in the capital has been boosted through the opening of a new facility near Wembley.
The new Park Royal training centre is situated on the West London College Campus, which offers a diverse range of construction-related courses.
Managed by Safety and Access, the centre will host a number of CISRS courses including the COTS New Entrant Course, Basic Scaffolding Inspection Course and the Manager and Supervisor Course.
There are also plans to introduce the CISRS Scaffolder CPD and System Scaffolding courses in the near future.
Rick Statham, joint Managing Director for Safety and Access, said: “We are extremely happy to finally have a permanent presence in the capital to support our clients. We have been planning this move for almost two years and we believe we have got this model right and can help to meet some of the demand in the region.”
David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, visited the new facility earlier this week and said CISRS accreditation would be finalised in the coming weeks.
“This modern, well equipped centre is a very welcome addition to CISRS delivery in the West London Area,” he said. “Safety and Access has a long and proven track record as CISRS provider and I am sure they will be successful in this new venture with the college.
“There has previously been no CISRS provision in the west of London so this new centre will make it more convenient for those in the surrounding area to undertake CISRS training.”