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NASC Training Officer Goes to Prison


NASC Training Officer Goes to Prison

The NASC has gone behind bars in recent weeks as part of wider efforts to bring more recruits into the scaffolding industry.

Henry Annafi, NASC Training Officer, attended insight / careers events at HMPs Peterborough and Thorn Cross, at which he was able to engage directly with prisoners and inform them of the broad range of careers available to them in the scaffolding industry upon their release.

Henry and David Mosley, NASC Training Director, also visited HMP Featherstone earlier this month to talk to Department of Work and Pensions and Ministry of Justice officials about the creation of a bespoke scaffolding training programme for inmates who are due for imminent release.

Mr Annafi said: “As the trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, the NASC recognises that it’s our responsibility to help the industry address the skills gap by raising awareness of the careers available to people of all backgrounds, abilities, ages and experiences.

“This recruitment drive has seen us engage with the Armed Forces, schools and colleges and more recently with the prison service and ex-offenders. At each of the prisons we visited in the past few weeks we found people looking to turn their lives around and also officials who were keen to discuss the possibility of working with us to provide better scaffolding training opportunities to inmates to help them find employment more easily upon their release.

“This is very much a work in progress but we’re confident we can make improvements in this area soon.”

Matt Bowler, Managing Director of MK Scaffolding Specialists Ltd, has been awarded the SME National Business Award for Mentoring in recognition of his work with young people and ex-offenders.

Mr Bowler, who also serves as Managing Director of Vantage Event Structures, created a work scheme for inmates of HMP Spring Hill in 2011, giving those involved a chance to train as scaffolders and take up positions at MK upon their release.

Matt BowlerHe also providers employment opportunities to school leavers via his companies’ Apprentice Scheme, run in partnership with the National Construction College.

Mr Bowler has been open about how turned away from gangs and violence at a young age and channelled his efforts into something productive, an experience which inspired him to help others where he can.

He said: “It gives me a lot of satisfaction to help kids who are in the same position I was in and in construction there are so many opportunities to diversify into an area that suits you. When I started as a scaffolder if someone had told me I’d be building and designing structures for London Fashion Week and commentary boxes for Premier League football clubs, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

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NASC Launches £30,000 Mental Health First Aid Training Fund

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NASC Launches £30,000 Mental Health First Aid Training Fund

The NASC has created a £30,000 funding pot dedicated to mental health first aid training.

The fund gives NASC members the ability to claim up to £125 towards the cost of completing a mental health first aid course.

The £30,000 pot was set up as part of the NASC’s Head for Heights campaign, which is focused on breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and promoting the importance of focusing on employee wellbeing in the workplace.

Recent activities include the creation of SG38:19, a free go-to guidance on mental health and wellbeing that provides employers with proactive steps they can take to improve wellbeing in the workplace as well as a host of useful links and services that they can signpost their employees to, and a mental health-focused toolbox talk.

Lynn Way, NASC President, said: “The £30,000 funding pot will help pay for nearly 250 NASC member employees to complete a mental health first aid course. This will go a long way to improving awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues in the workplace and enable NASC members to better support their employees if and when they need to.

“The Head for Heights campaign has been incredibly well-received by NASC members, who are as keen to do more to support anyone in the industry who’s dealing with a mental health challenge. There’s much more to come from us on this front in the year ahead.”

There are currently five mental health first aid training courses covered by the £30,000 funding pot. These are offered by MHFA England, St John Ambulance, 3B Training, LTC Training Services and the British Safety Council.

Courses overseen by accredited MHFA England training instructors are also eligible for funding.

To apply for funding visit the Training page in the members area.

The creation of this fund comes just a month after the NASC launched a £150,000 fund dedicated to training and upskilling former servicemen. The NASC also provides members with financial support for the completion of COTS and CPD training.

Cumulatively, NASC funding totalling £280,000 is currently available to members to subsidise the cost of training. For more information about accessing any of these funds email



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NASC Appoints New Technical Advisor

Dennis Braithwaite

NASC Appoints New Technical Advisor

The NASC has strengthened its executive team through the appointment of Dennis Braithwaite as new Technical Advisor.

Dennis brings considerable scaffolding and access knowledge to the role, having worked in the industry for 40 years, predominantly for NASC members Cape Industrial Services Ltd. His wide and varied experience includes involvement within the oil and gas, chemical, power generation, offshore and mechanical and mining sectors both in the UK and overseas.

Dennis is a seasoned mechanical engineer and health and safety practitioner who also has first-hand experience of the NASC, having sat on a number of NASC standing committees and is currently serving as a member of the TG20:20 working group.

Speaking about his new role, Dennis said: “I am really looking forward to getting started and would encourage NASC members to get in touch if they have a technical query they need help with.

“It’s great to join the NASC’s executive team, which plays such a key role in supporting the NASC membership as well as the scaffolding industry as a whole.”

Dennis replaces Ken Johnson, who held the role for more than seven years.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “I’d like to welcome Dennis to the NASC team. He has extremely large shoes to fill in replacing Ken but we’re sure if anyone can carry on the outstanding work Ken undertook on behalf of the confederation then it’s Dennis.”

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Full Set of Regional Vice Chairs Now in Place

Ronnie Charters

Full Set of Regional Vice Chairs Now in Place

The NASC’s Scotland and Northern Ireland region has been bolstered through the appointment of Ronnie Charters as its first Vice Chairman.

Mr Charters, HSQE Manager at Network Scaffolding Ltd, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, having been involved in the scaffolding and construction industries for more than 30 years.

During this time, Mr Charters has gained a deep understanding of the oil and gas industry as well as a first-hand appreciation of the delivery of scaffolding and access training gained through serving as a CITB Instructor from 2014 to 2018.

Speaking about his new role, Mr Charters said: “I’m passionate about health and safety and believe wholeheartedly in the role training plays in improving standards in the scaffolding industry.

“I’m fortunate enough to have worked for a number of NASC member companies in my career and understand the value of what the Confederation does for the good of the membership and the industry as a whole.

“I’m really looking forward to serving as regional Vice Chairman and supporting regional chair Kevin Fitzpatrick in any way I can.”

Mr Charters’ appointment as Scotland and Northern Ireland region Vice Chairman means that each of the five NASC regions now has a vice chair in place.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ronnie into the NASC fold and to now have a full complement of regional vice chairs in place. This helps with succession planning but also helps lighten the load of the regional chairs, who coordinate and lead the regional meetings as well as represent their regions at NASC full council meetings.”

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New NASC Contracts Committee Chair Confirmed


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

Lighthouse Club Christmas Lunch 2019

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

Liam Gibbons 2 Cropped

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.

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Who Dares Wins Star Serves as NASC AGM Guest Speaker


Who Dares Wins Star Serves as NASC AGM Guest Speaker

Former UK Special Forces soldier and Directing Staff on Channel 4’s Who Dares Wins series Ollie Ollerton served as guest speaker at the NASC AGM 2019.

Ollie spoke passionately about his time in the Armed Forces, transitioning from army life into civvy street, overcoming personal mental health battles and how these experiences combined to motivate him to help former servicemen going through a similar journey acclimatise to life after the Forces.

His presentation was well received by the 170+ delegates, many of whom have been overwhelmingly supportive of NASC efforts to increase mental health and wellness provision in the scaffolding industry and engage more closely with the Armed Forces.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Ollie Ollerton to this year’s AGM. Ollie was able to speak first-hand about mental health and connecting with former servicemen, core objectives of the outgoing and incoming NASC Presidents, respectively.

“It was clear that Ollie’s presentation was incredibly well received by delegates, evidenced by their unwavering attention throughout and number of questions asked during the Q&A session immediately after.

“Ollie’s new venture, BreakPoint, helps former Armed Forces personnel take up roles in the construction industry. We believe there’s a great deal of crossover here with NASC efforts in providing careers to the same target audience and so we’ll be looking to see if we can work closely with Ollie and BreakPoint in the future.”

The AGM also saw Rhaynukaa Soni, IOSH London Metropolitan Branch Chair and HS2 Health & Safety Manager, provide an overview of shortlisted entries for the NASC Awards and recognition given to Rick Statham, Joint Managing Director of Safety & Access, for 25 years’ service on the NASC Health & Safety Committee.

Thomas Kington of Bryson Scaffolding was also presented with a trophy for winning the inaugural NASC Open nine-hole golf tournament, held on the Montgomerie Course on the morning of the AGM.

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Key Achievements Highlighted at NASC AGM


Key Achievements Highlighted at NASC AGM

NASC Managing Director Robin James gave a brief overview of the NASC’s standout achievements in the past 12 months at the NASC AGM.

Speaking at the afternoon event, held at Celtic Manor Resort, he said: “It’s been a very busy year for the confederation. Incoming President Lynn Way recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the NASC, part of wider efforts to engage more regularly with ex-forces personnel.

“We’ve enjoyed a productive partnership with the Temporary Works Forum, which has enabled us to stage two excellent and well-attended seminars in Birmingham and Bristol in 2019. Similar events will be arranged across the UK in 2020.

“The NASC Current Affairs Committee has continued to make its mark in 2019. Mental health, careers in scaffolding, and recruitments have all fallen under its remit this year.

“The appointment of Henry Annafi as NASC Training Officer in March 2019 has enabled the confederation to be more visible at industry recruitment fairs, including a very successful presence at Skills London, using 260 degree virtual reality equipment and construction toys to get young people, and their parents and teachers, enthused about scaffolding as a career choice.

“Finally, I’d like to recognise the continued expansion of CISRS into different parts of the globe. This is having a positive effect on the reach of the NASC, and is resulting in a growing number of applications for International NASC Information membership.”

Mr James also paid tribute to outgoing NASC President, TRAD UK CEO Des Moore, and welcomed his successor, Lynn Way, Company Secretary and Finance Director of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd.

“During his presidency, Des Moore sought to make the organisation truly representative of all of its members, no matter how large or small. Mentoring, diversity, wellbeing and mental health are all topics which affect our members.

“All have been the subject of presentations and/or discussions at NASC regional meetings during the last two years. A particularly visible legacy of Des Moore’s Presidency will be the improvements to the format of the AGM and Annual Ball.

“This event has been greatly enhanced by the incorporation of the NASC Awards, which have grown beyond recognition in the space of just two or three years, effectively becoming the awards event for the industry.

“I’d like to thank Des Moore for all that he has done for the confederation during his time as president. Lynn Way becomes the first female president and I have no doubt she will be the first of many in the years to come.

“Congratulations Lynn, we extend a very warm welcome to you, and we look forward to working with you during your presidency.”

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Changing of the Guard at NASC AGM


Changing of the Guard at NASC AGM

Incoming NASC President Lynn Way outlined the main objectives of her Presidency at the NASC AGM at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Friday 22 November.

Mrs Way, Company Secretary and Finance Director of Chris Sedgemen Scaffolding Ltd, said she was keen to build upon the work of her predecessors, further growing the NASC’s profile both domestically and abroad.

Following a brief inauguration ceremony in which she received the official NASC Presidential chain of office from the outgoing president, TRAD UK CEO Des Moore, Mrs Way said: “Every President has their own objectives that they feel will help the industry.

“I would like to progress the objectives of the previous presidents; continuing to encourage women into senior positions in the industry and the NASC, help with mental health issues and expand the NASC nationally as well as internationally.

“My main new objective is to have the scaffolding sector recognised as an industry open to ex-military personnel for repatriation to civilian life. We have been developing relationships with various charitable partners linked with the Ministry of Defence, including Buildforce UK, After the Military and the Careers Transition Partnership.

“The NASC has also recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This demonstrates the commitment that the NASC has to supporting the armed forces.

“My second objective is to encourage the employment of former servicemen by NASC members and to this end the NASC has created a £150,000 fund dedicated to the training of ex-Forces personnel.”

During her speech, Mrs Way also unveiled plans to focus on recruitment, increase mental health training – supported by the creation of a new dedicated funding pot open to all NASC members – and broaden the NASC’s digital offering, including the launch of a new careers website.

Outgoing president Des Moore said he was satisfied that he has made headway on his four pledges and called for members to rally together in the face of continued uncertainty around Brexit and the General Election.

“I’d really like to see a continued effort from all members to work together,” he said. “There is still work to do in improving the perception of the NASC across the industry. There is a huge opportunity here for us all – whatever size your business.

“The NASC is here for every single member – whether you are a big multi-disciplinary firm or an SME. Instead of viewing each other as competitors, we should be more collaborative – working together for the good of the industry in general. That is what the NASC is for and I would urge you to take a step back, think about the wider issues and support the work of this organisation wherever and however you can.

“Finally, I want to say that being your President has been an incredible experience in many ways. One of the very best things about my time here has been the people and the support I’ve had from the NASC team, and from some members who are also my major competitors.

“Thank you all for your support and help along the way. I know you will do the same for Lynn as she takes on the President’s role, and I look forward to being part of the NASC – as an engaged and collaborative member and backbencher – in the years to come.”