Scaffolding Industry Showcased at Skills London Careers Event
Hundreds of youngsters were given a taste of the various highly-skilled and highly-paid careers open to them in the scaffolding industry at the Skills London event last week.
Visitors flocked to the NASC and CISRS stand throughout the two-day show, the UK’s largest jobs and careers event, held at ExCel in London.
They were greeted by a mix of NASC staff and members as well as CISRS staff and training providers, ensuring that a range of scaffolding experts were on hand to showcase the multitude of roles available within the industry; including scaffolding operatives, designers, engineers, hire, sales and manufacturers and health and safety experts.
No other stand at the event had as much cross sector representation as the NASC and CISRS scaffolding stand.
Sean Pike, Layher (Ltd) UK Managing Director, said: “Over the years we have taken part in many events and expos around the world. Skills London really stood out.
“The NASC/CISRS stand proved to be very popular. I was overwhelmed by the multitude of young people, parents, schools and college representatives – all of whom had not previously realised the wide range of careers within the scaffolding sector.
“Without doubt, it helped having people on hand who could relay their actual experiences and their route into our industry. I had a very interesting conversation with a young person looking to get into a career in sales.
“He asked a lot of very pertinent questions and had obviously looked into the subject – and for sure, had he not visited the stand he would not have associated a career in sales with the scaffolding / construction industry.”
Terry Roberts of CADS, who has been pivotal in the development of TG20 one of the most important technical guidance documents within the industry in recent years, talked people through the basics of the TG20 compliance and CADS smart scaffolder software as well as some of their other computer aided design (CAD) packages.
Ben Ramsey and Dion Scott of QFS Scaffolding Ltd spoke to a great number of visitors about the opportunities to progress your career once you enter into the world of scaffolding. Both having come up through the ranks, having initially worked on the tools now hold the roles of Contracts Director and Asbestos Manager respectively at a thriving scaffolding contracts company.
K’nex building materials were available for NASC and CISRS staff to work with those visiting the event and show the principles of how to build a tower, the importance of a drawing, a method statement/erection procedure and the requirement for bracing in order to provide stability.
Luckily for those who were looking to get onto the scaffolding apprenticeship programme, Tahnee O’Donnell of Simian Skill was in attendance and ready to sign up those who were looking to get started on their scaffolding career straight away.
One of the biggest draws over the two days was the virtual reality experiences which were available on the NASC stand.
NASC has recently invested in a film and supporting headsets and equipment which allows the user to experience the views from and what it is like to be on a working scaffold.
Aleena Wright, Design Engineer with Layher, was also on hand to provide a virtual walk through some of their design procedures and projects that they have used to support their customers when erecting more complex structures.
Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Everyone really enjoyed the VR, we had queues of visitors wanting to give it a try. It pulled a lot of people in and hopefully speaking to our colleagues on the stand made them appreciate that the scaffolding industry has a lot more to offer than they might have imagined.
“The staff and volunteers were brilliant; they never stopped over the two days and really did the sector proud.
“2020 is all about engagement, recruitment and promotion of scaffolding as a career for NASC. Events such as this provide essential contact with interested individuals and organisations alike, many of whom requested we attend their careers events and showcases in the future.
“We aim to attend as many as we can whilst also hosting our own showcase events around the UK.”
Skills London 2019, aimed at 15-24-year olds, welcomed more than 30,000 visitors and featured around 200 exhibitors including employers, universities, colleges and training providers.
This two day event provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helps young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.