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New NASC Contracts Committee Chair Confirmed

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New NASC Contracts Committee Chair Confirmed

Matthew Cousins, Director at Apex Scaffolding (Exeter) Ltd, has been appointed Chair of the NASC Contracts Committee.

Mr Cousins succeeds David Brown, Commercial Director of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd, who has stepped down from the role to take up the position of NASC Vice President.

While both NASC standing committee members have seen their NASC responsibilities increased, they will continue to serve the confederation by sitting on external committees.

Mr Cousins will remain as the NASC’s representative on the Contractors Legal Group (CLG) while Mr Brown will keep his position on the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) council.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “I’d like to thank David Brown for his service on the Contracts Committee, which he has chaired since 2016 and been an active member of since 2012.

“During his time as chair he has overseen a major overhaul of existing contractual guidance titles and the creation of new titles as well.

“We are sure that while Matthew Cousins has large shoes to fill, he is more than equipped to tackle this role and continue the excellent work of the Contracts Committee.”

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President Spreads Festive Cheer with Cheque Presentations

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President Spreads Festive Cheer with Cheque Presentations

NASC President Lynn Way ensured Christmas came early for two charities by presenting them with cheques for £25,000.

Mrs Way handed over the sums to The Royal British Legion and Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity on behalf of the NASC and its members last week.

The bulk of the money donated was raised at the NASC Annual Ball & Awards, held at Celtic Manor Resort on Friday 22 November.

Members submitted dozens of bids for a host of auction lots including luxury getaways and sports memorabilia. The fundraising figure was boosted by standalone member donations on the night as well as contributions from the NASC and CISRS, bringing the grand total raised to £50,000.

Mrs Way presented the Royal British Legion with a £25,000 cheque on Thursday 5 December before handing over the same amount to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity at its Christmas fundraising event the following day.

Amy Llewellyn, Senior Manager – Community Fundraising & Poppy Appeal at The Royal British Legion, said: “The Royal British Legion are delighted to receive this donation from the NASC and would like to thank everyone who donated so generously at the Annual Ball and Awards.

“This donation will enable our welfare teams across the UK to provide practical, financial and mental health support to veterans and to continue our work in remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

Bill Hill, Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity CEO, added: “Our Construction Industry Helpline is now receiving over 250 new cases per month from construction workers and their families in crisis. Last year, 11% of these cases are from roofers and scaffolders.

“We receive no public funding and cannot operate our helpline or deliver our charitable support services without the generosity of organisations such as NASC. We cannot thank you enough for your support and this significant donation.”

NASC President Lynn Way said: “Once again, NASC members dug deep into their pockets to help raise significant sums for two deserving charities. I’d like to thank each and every member that placed a bid during the auction or made a private donation for their generosity.”

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NASC and Simian Answer Former Soldier’s Appeal

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NASC and Simian Answer Former Soldier’s Appeal

The NASC and Simian have joined forces to help a former soldier take the next step in his career in the scaffolding industry.

The organisations teamed up after scaffolder Liam Gibbons reached out for assistance via the NASC’s Facebook account.

He wrote: “I read with interest that the NASC is keen to encourage more ex-Forces personnel to take up positions in the scaffolding industry and had launched a fund to help them with training. Just wondered if there was anything you could do for me.

“I left the army two years ago, have been struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and am living in a veterans care home. I became a scaffolder, starting at the bottom and have worked my way up from a labourer to a qualified part one scaffolder.

“My second trainee card is close to expiring so I need to complete the Part 2 scaffolder course as soon as possible. I was wondering if there is any help available towards this next step.”

Liam’s appeal struck a chord with incoming NASC President Lynn Way, who has made greater engagement with the Armed Forces and creating more career opportunities for former military personnel core objectives of her presidency.

As such, the NASC and Simian have agreed to co-fund Liam’s Part 2 and VQ training. He will now complete his Part 2 training at Simian’s Waltham Forest training centre in January 2020.

NASC President Lynn Way said: “I am passionate about helping former Armed Forces servicemen enter the scaffolding industry and then progress through the training stages wherever I can. This is why we decided to help Liam on a strictly one-off basis.

“We’ll soon be in a position to help many more ex-military personnel achieve the same progress as Liam through the NASC’s dedicated £150,000 training pot. We’re also working hard to further strengthen our ties with the Armed Forces, ensuring that current servicemen are aware of the varied scaffolding industry careers that are available to them – many of which complement their skill sets – and can put their repatriation funding allowance towards scaffolding training.

“We hope to have more news on this front in the coming weeks”

Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian, added: “Simian are very happy to work with NASC to support Liam’s progress in the sector. We are also fully behind the ex-military initiative and wish NASC the best of luck with this worthy project.”

Through the NASC’s dedicated Armed Forces training pot, NASC members can claim up to £1,000 towards the retraining or upskilling of an ex-forces employee or employees.

This can be to cover the cost or partial cost of one course or several shorter duration courses and can be used in full on one individual or smaller payments on several individuals.

The money will be claimed by the NASC member in the same way as COTS/CPD funding with the member paying for the training then forwarding proof of training, CISRS card details (or copies of Certificates for non CISRS training) plus proof of payment.

Eligible candidates can either be in the process of leaving the Armed Forces or could have left in the past five years.

They can already be in the employ of an NASC member and be looking for funding for upskilling (Part2, Skills Test, Advanced, Inspection Supervisors, Design etc) alternatively they could have had other employment and are now looking to retrain to get into the scaffolding sector.

All CISRS courses are eligible. Application for non CISRS courses that are still relevant and have currency in the scaffolding sector e.g. IOSH, NEBOSH, first aid, SSSTS/SMSTS, estimating, design, HGV and so on would also be considered.

Applications are welcome for training undertaken on the date of the NASC AGM – Friday 22 November – onwards. For more information click here.

Last month, the NASC signed the Armed Forces Covenant, making a formal commitment to promote career and training opportunities in the scaffolding industry to ex-military personnel.

The NASC has also been developing relationships with various charitable partners linked with the Ministry of Defence, including Buildforce UK, After the Military and the Careers Transition Partnership.