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NASC Launches Yearbook 2020

NASC Launches 2020 Yearbook

The NASC has launched its 2020 Yearbook – showcasing more confederation news and updates than ever before.

The Yearbook features a round-up of NASC standing committee outputs, more than 30 pages of NASC Awards submissions and a comprehensive listing of full contracting NASC members.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to launch the NASC Yearbook, which is this year more keenly targeted at key decision makers in the construction supply chain, with editorial focused on raising awareness and understanding of what the NASC does, examples of the expertise and innovation shown by our members and why all this matters to the wider construction industry.

“I’d like to thank all those members that submitted copy for inclusion – showcased on the Project of the Year pages – and also those that took advertising spaces.”

In addition to the 96 page printed version, an e-reader version of the NASC 2020 Yearbook is available to view here and via the NASC website About page.

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NASC Signs Armed Forces Covenant

NASC Signs Armed Forces Covenant

The NASC has further strengthened its connection with the military by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

By signing the Covenant, the NASC has made a formal commitment to promote career and training opportunities in the scaffolding industry to ex-military personnel.

This cements an existing NASC objective to engage more regularly with the Armed Forces and the creation of a £150,000 funding pot dedicated to the training of ex-services personnel.

NASC Vice President Lynn Way said: “We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, making our commitment to encouraging Armed Forces personnel into taking up roles within the scaffolding industry official.

“In the past year we have begun promoting the variety of highly-skilled, well-paid and rewarding careers available in our industry to the Armed Forces community and have outlined plans to increase these efforts in the coming years.

“We recognise the skill sets of ex-servicemen and women, which is why we’ve created a funding pot to provide an extra incentive to consider a career in scaffolding. We believe this pot will help them transition as seamlessly as possible from the Forces to the scaffolding industry, providing many individuals with a long-term career and the UK scaffolding industry with the workforce it needs to continue to thrive.”

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NASC Marks World Mental Health Day

NASC Marks World Mental Health Day

The NASC is marking World Mental Health Day by reminding scaffolding industry employers and employees that free advice and guidance is available to anyone who needs it.

Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and raising awareness of the various support services available have been key objectives of the NASC’s Head for Heights campaign, launched last year.

One of the key achievements of this campaign has been the production of SG38:19, a dedicated mental health and wellbeing policy guidance. This document is intended to help employers adopt a clear approach to mental health provision and includes advice, resources and contact details of other organisations who can provide support.

It is free to download from the NASC website.

The NASC has also produced a mental health toolbox talk, which was circulated to its 300+ members. This short presentation gives members a way of starting a conversation on mental health with their employees.

Guest speakers have delivered mental health presentations at NASC regional meetings held across England and Scotland, helping to convey the importance and need for action to be taken face-to-face.

The NASC has also signed the Building Mental Health Charter and Time to Change Employer Pledge as part of its ongoing drive to promote positive mental health practices.

The CISRS scaffolder training scheme has also played its part in the Head for Heights campaign by adding a mental health module into all CISRS courses.

Increasing provision of mental health and wellbeing support was one of the key objectives of NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore, who suffered mental health issues earlier in his career and has spoken very candidly about this experience with a view to helping others.

This objective – which was realised in the form of the NASC Head for Heights campaign – gained further impetus after statistics published in 2018 revealed the scale of mental health issues suffered by people working in the scaffolding and access and wider construction industries – and the fatal consequences they often bring.

Every year more than 400 construction workers commit suicide. Stress, anxiety and depression also account for a fifth of all work-related illnesses.

Additionally, a Construction News ‘Mind Matters’ survey revealed that 55% of respondents had experienced mental health issues and one in four workers had considered taking their life.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity also revealed that demand for its range of support services was rising and that more than 18% of those it provided financial assistance to were scaffolders and roofers.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “Mental health is a huge issue in the scaffolding and access industry but sadly one that has often gone by without notice. As the trade body for scaffolding and access in the UK, we were determined to help change the status quo, which is why we launched the Head for Heights campaign.

“We have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve received from our members, who have downloaded the SG38 guidance in their droves, delivered the mental health toolbox talk on sites across the UK, engaged with the mental health guest speakers at the NASC regional meetings and pushed us to do more to bring about change.

“Today being World Mental Health Day is a good excuse to take stock of our outputs and achievements to date but it is by no means the end of the Head for Heights campaign. We encourage the entire industry to get involved and let us know what we can do to further support them in raising awareness of mental health issues.”

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NASC Auditor Vacancies

NASC Auditor Vacancies

The NASC is seeking membership auditors in order to provide additional coverage in Scotland, North West England, East Anglia, and the Home Counties.

The role, offered on a self-employed basis, involves conducting desktop and site-based inspections of NASC full contracting members and prospective members, to determine compliance with the NASC’s strict membership criteria.

Ideal candidates will have experience of working for an NASC member in a senior management position and be familiar with the NASC audit process. NASC auditors cannot be currently employed by a member company either directly or as a consultant.

For the full job outline click here.

To apply for this position please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to NASC Membership Manager Jamie McGuire via

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 October.

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Triple Innovation Shortlist Success for Layher Ltd

Triple Innovation Shortlist Success for Layher Ltd

Layher Ltd has been shortlisted three times in the NASC Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year category. Cape Industrial Services Ltd has also been named as a finalist.

The winner will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Friday 22 November.

Here’s a round of all of this year’s Innovation of the Year entries:


The Innovation of the Year category entries demonstrate NASC members’ commitment to developing new product and processes, developing a range of solutions that increase safety and efficiencies.

Cape Industrial Services Ltd’s Altrad VR training programme takes operatives on a 360-degree virtual reality journey starting on the way to work right through to being sat in an inquest relating to the death of a colleague.

Having high emotional impact, the learning sessions are designed to target behaviours, specifically the choices made by an employee throughout a working day.

The sessions last no more than 40 minutes and up to 20 employees can attend each session meaning upwards of 150 people can be trained in any one day. To date, sessions have been delivered on offshore assets, nuclear power stations, petrochemicals sites, refineries and construction sites.

The ability to train large numbers of delegates at the work place in a “real world” experience has reduced time away from the job for employees and made training both real and fun.

PERI Ltd’s PERI UP Traveller was developed to enable key operations such as waterproofing, to take place in new underground tunnels at Bank Station as part of the Northern Line extension.

It provides a safe and secure working platform that is flexible enough to move from a larger tunnel section to a smaller section with ease, and then finally back into a larger section without dismantling the whole unit.

The traveller is formed by mounting the PERI UP system on to castors to form a mobile scaffolding solution. This enabled easy repositioning and increased productivity on a time-sensitive project.

The solution was designed with cantilevered platforms on either side to accommodate the circular geometry of the tunnel and allow waterproofing and concrete spraying to commence.

Layher Ltd submitted three innovative entries to this year’s awards; their new FlexBeam, Scaffold Information Modelling (SIM) and Steel Deck solutions.

Suspended, cantilevered and gantry scaffold construction has been simplified and enhanced with the introduction of the Layher FlexBeam design.

Providing 40% higher bending load capacity – when compared to the company’s established Lattice Beam 450 – and yet without the need for compression chord bracing the design also enables lower construction heights to be achieved and increases the range of locations that can benefit.

The Layher SIM tool has been developed to enhance scaffold design operations by providing a new and highly effective visualisation capability, and operates via two versions, LayPLAN Classic for estimators and support staff and LayPLAN CAD for full use by designers/engineers, planners and CAD operatives.

Layher lightweight Steel Deck (pictured above) is capable of meeting load class 6 requirements whilst providing a 10% saving on weight against comparable Layher decking. It is available with a choice of lengths and is readily connected to other Layher systems.

TRAD Safety Systems Ltd’s TRAD Loading Hatch offers safe access and materials handling within the housebuilding industry.

The hatch was developed to promote, safe access and loading between different floor levels, without the need to carry materials via an external scaffold.

It is designed to recess into the building plot floors and can be secured in place with timber screws.

All hatches also have bespoke holes cut in the frames, enabling users to safely lash any access ladder in place for added security and safety.

Turner Access Ltd’s range of Airsteps Ocean Plastic Scaffolding Products have been developed to enable scaffolding contractors a way of cutting down on their use of plastics.

Products now on sale include fall protection shields, made primarily from plastic retrieved from the ocean and safety clips, used to lock beams and frames together, also made from ocean plastic or composite material.

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Four in the Running for Apprentice of the Year title

Four in the Running for Apprentice of the Year title

The NASC continues to recognise the efforts and achievements of the next generation of scaffolding industry employees through its annual NASC Awards, this year sponsored by TRAD Hire & Sales.

The NASC was delighted to receive eight entries for the 2019 Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by CISRS. Judges have shortlisted four submissions.

Among those vying for the title are the first non-technical apprentice submission; Stephanie Betts of TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd.

Stephanie is part-way through a five-year Management Trainee programme to become a Contracts Manager.

Described by TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd as an all-rounder, Stephanie has shown she is able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines, is well organised and capable of prioritising and juggling several tasks at once when required.

In terms of scaffolding operatives, the standard of submissions was incredibly high.

Edward Oldridge joined High Peak Scaffolding Ltd as a scaffolding apprentice after realising that the college course he was enrolled on wasn’t right for him.

He has natural ability and understanding of the role and its requirements but it is his calm, understated and committed approach to work and his outstanding work ethic that sets him apart.

He is always willing to learn and always willing to share his developing knowledge with others in a helpful and constructive way.

Jordan Walsh (main picture above), of Crossway Scaffolding (Elland) Limited, has a fantastic attitude to work, something that came in a short period of time.

When he joined Crossway he was described as quiet and uncooperative but is now seen as engaged, respectful to his peers and keen to learn the scaffolding trade.

Jordan now has a passion to learn more and is a key team member who is willing to go that extra mile for himself and his colleagues, regularly offering to work overtime, nights and weekends when the need arises.

The last finalist is Joshua Britton of Connect Scaffolding Ltd. Joshua joined Connect in February 2019 after leaving the Armed Forces.

The Connect team has been really impressed with his willingness to learn, attitude to work and receptiveness to take on board any advice given. He is a fast learner and takes care to listen and learn from more advanced scaffolders in the team. His Supervisors have all commented that his attitude and positivity towards work, make him a pleasure to work with.

The NASC Apprentice of the Year 2019 will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards 2019. For more information on the Awards click here.

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Scaffolding Careers to be Showcased at Open Day

Scaffolding Careers to be Showcased at Open Day

The NASC and HAKI Ltd are co-hosting a careers open day to showcase the range of roles in the scaffolding industry available to workers of all ages and abilities.

The careers event will be held at HAKI Ltd’s dedicated training centre in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 15 October and forms part of the NASC’S wider drive to attract more recruits into the industry.

It is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career as a scaffolding operative as well as those looking to learn more about other positions, including scaffolding designers, estimators, H&S professionals, scaffold inspectors and many more.

Visitors will be able to get to grips with HAKI’s system scaffolding and test their structural skills with hands on K’NEX challenges.

Speakers include Lester Brown, Global Technician at HAKI Ltd, Priscila Escobar, Mechanical Design Engineer at HAKI Ltd, Ben Ramsey, Contracts Director at Q.F.S Scaffolding Ltd, and Henry Annafi, NASC Training Officer. Attendees will include students from the Bedford College Group, under direction of David Wilkins, Director of Construction & Building Services.

Henry Annafi said: “We’re passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the varied highly-skilled and well-paid careers on offer in the scaffolding industry. This starts with scaffolding operatives – who can learn a trade, earn good money, work overseas and quickly rise through the ranks – but by no means ends there.

“There are fantastic careers available in fields such as scaffold design, contracts and procurement, health and safety and scaffold inspection. These diverse roles are open to all takers; men and women, school leavers to graduates, those looking for their first job to experienced workers looking for a career change.

“We’d encourage anyone looking for a new job to give scaffolding a try.”

Paula Hubbard, Global Training Manager at HAKI Ltd added: “HAKI’s technical team, led by Lester Brown at our training centre in Milton Keynes, are excited to be supporting the NASC in raising awareness of the opportunities that the scaffolding sector has to offer and provide the attendees with a real life snapshot of the options open to those on their future construction career.”

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CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS cards are being brought into the 21st Century thanks to a new partnership between CISRS and NOCN Job Cards.

By the end of the year, those making CISRS applications will receive both a plastic card and a virtual card, which they can access via any smart phone or device.

By tapping their card on their phone, cardholders can see all their details; photo, qualifications and courses taken. This App is secure and can be kept on the phone so the individual has proof of their card at all times.

It will also notify cardholders of renewal notifications to simplify the renewal process. A virtual ‘Card Wallet’ will allow multiple cards to be stored on a single device, allowing contractors to easily collate their operatives’ details and access them as required.

The cost of making an application for a new dual physical/virtual card will be £30, a slight increase on the current card cost but still much lower than the industry average.

It is hoped that card application processing times will be shortened and instances of card fraud significantly reduced through the new partnership.

CISRS contracted NOCN Job Cards to provide card scheme administration services following CITB withdrawing from this role as part of its Vision 2020 programme.

All three parties will be working very closely together over the next few months to ensure everything will be in place to roll the new card scheme out before the year end.

NOCN will work with CISRS training providers to assist them in the new online application process.

David Mosley, CISRS Managing Director, said: “We have been talking about smart technology for several years. With the forced change in service provider it seemed to be the right time to bring the scheme up to date.

“We believe the new cards will add value to operatives, scaffolding contractors and end users.

“We are confident of achieving a smooth transition from CITB to NOCN Job Cards as we have been working closely with these parties over the last year and several of the staff currently working on CISRS administration at CITB are to be transferred to NOCN, so their knowledge and experience will not be lost.”

Mark Buckton, Executive Director for Job Cards & Services at NOCN Job Cards, said: “We are delighted to be working with CISRS to provide the card scheme for the scaffolding sector. The new cards will provide a number of benefits to operatives in terms of the speed and ease in which we will be able to offer them cards.

“It also helps to reduce card fraud in the industry as we will be able to rely on our own data for card applications instead of using paper certificates. We look forward to working with the scaffolding training centres, scaffolding employers and CISRS.”

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks.

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Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Bristol next month.

The half-day event will cover a broad range of temporary works topics, with a particular focus on scaffolding, and is aimed at both contractors and clients.

Speakers include Ashley Daniels, Head of Lifting & Temporary Works at Hinkley Point C, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS (developers of the TG20 eGuide) and David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to our second Temporary Works Seminar, following a successful and well-attended event in Birmingham earlier this year.

“The Bristol seminar will see our speakers discuss temporary works topics including the management of the Hinkley Point C project, ongoing efforts to improve and update the NASC’s TG20 eGuide and the revised BS5975 code of practice.

“Through this event we’ll be able to bring a diverse group of people with an interest in temporary works together and explore ways in which we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.

“We hope scaffolding contractors and anyone involved in the procurement and management of scaffolding contractors will join us in Bristol for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works Seminar will take place at the Paintworks on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

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Scaffolding Training Update

Scaffolding Training Update

CITB has underscored its commitment to ensuring that the construction sector maintains access to a good supply of skilled scaffolders in the wake of the transfer of its training establishment to alternative training providers, as part of its reform programme, Vision 2020.

Graham McPhail, CITB Head of Education and Training, said: “CITB has been working with the training sector to secure alternative scaffolding training providers for the National Construction College.

“We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity of scaffolding training while we negotiate agreements that will be for the good of the wider construction industry. We have been working closely with CISRS to provide reassurance that no scaffolding training capacity or quality will be lost in delivering this commitment as part of our reform programme.”

David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Both NASC and CISRS have been working closely with CITB over the last 12 months to ensure the scaffolding provision at NCC continues as normal.  We would like to reassure the Scaffolding sector that CITB has made a commitment to us – and the wider industry – that no training capacity or quality would be lost as a result of their Vision 2020 programme and we are certain that remains the case

“It is essential to ensure the existing high standards are maintained throughout and training courses continue to be available until the alternative provision has been established.”