News 11/10/2023

Scaffolding and Access Talent Shortages Key Priority – over 2300 weekly vacancies

Scaffolding and Access Talent Shortages Key Priority – over 2300 weekly vacancies

Over the past two years NASC members have continued to see significant challenges recruiting talent, not only trainees but also experienced scaffolders, with over 2300 vacancies advertised in the last week. To support the sector NASC, as part of its Talent Acquisition Strategy, is increasing its activities to support and encourage new entrants joining this rewarding, technical and diverse sector.

NASC will be launching a three-pronged tactic plan to support the recruitment of new talent, this will include, providing the resources for all NASC scaffolding and access employers to attend careers fairs, a developed website to work with employers, directing new candidates to those employers and digital advertising to promote career opportunities.

Salaries for advanced scaffolders are now circa £60k per year and vacancies have never been higher. Employers need support at careers fairs, colleges and other recruitment events to promote the amazing, highly technical sector. NASC will be providing resources including virtual reality glasses, promotional materials and physical demonstration equipment to support members at events. Simultaneously, NASC will support new interested candidates by sharing information with employers, working with online recruitment sites and using social media and other channels to promote scaffolding as a brilliant career choice.

Minister Nus Ghani MP commented: “The construction sector is essential to the economy of the UK, and there are great opportunities for people from whatever background to build successful careers in the industry. I’m pleased to see this new initiative from the NASC to support firms to recruit new talent into the industry and equip them with the resources to do this.”

Clive Dickin, NASC CEO said: “Scaffolding and access is pivotal to the several sectors, it’s a growing and sustained sector which offers a great opportunity to those who want to work in a highly technical, well paid, progressive and exciting career. It’s not often that you can say you have worked at a nuclear power station, a naval dockyard, the palace of Westminster and built highly technical structures to support the building of such key infrastructure. Why would you not want to join? It’s imperative that NASC supports the sector, working with its members and stakeholders to promote this exciting career. I am proud that NASC is able to fund and support this critical programme.”


Henry Anaffi, NASC’s Training Officer said: “For the past few years we have worked to recruit from several channels, such as the prison service, military veterans and further education, however the investment now being made by NASC is designed to energise the membership and give them the tools to promote the career path is an amazing opportunity. In November, we will be announcing the webinar briefing sessions in our e-newsletter and at our AGM and I look forward to meeting the scaffolding business leaders and hr professionals so we can support the engagement of the future of the scaffolding sector.”

NASC is looking to provide a steady stream of interest to employers within the scaffolding sector and significantly improve the recruitment rates.

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