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CISRS Card Scheme Reaches 50,000

CISRS Card Scheme Reaches 50,000

Latest figures taken from the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) database show that the 50,000 mark for CISRS card holders has been breached. This is a significant achievement and is by far the highest number of current valid cards the scheme has ever held since its inception in the late 1960’s.

Dave Francis, Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation (ASITO) Chair and Internal Audit Manager for SGB (a Brand company) said: “Many congratulations to CISRS on achieving this milestone. SGB have been huge supporters of CISRS since its inception. Over the years many of our employees at all levels have attended CISRS training courses and are CISRS card holders via apprenticeships, CECOL training or the Part 1 and Part 2 qualification process. We believe it is important for our operatives to hold valid CISRS cards so we are comfortable our staff are trained to the highest industry standard and promoting safety at the forefront of all we do. CISRS is held in great regard – not only by the scaffolding sector but construction industry as a whole, and SGB are proud to have contributed to its success.”

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In a climate which has seen some card schemes come under scrutiny from the wider industry, CISRS seems to be one of the few schemes which is bucking the trend. During the recent series of independent reports into card schemes and competency carried out by Pye Tait, CISRS was highly praised for its rigorous approach to qualification through the combination of formal off site training at approved training centres, on site time served experience, S/NVQ assessment, practical skills tests and Health and Safety testing.

A lot of the areas which were highlighted as lacking in other card schemes are well established within the scaffolders training and assessment programme. CISRS has always been quick to respond to changes in the industry and has strived to ensure a robust approach to sector competence. In 1996 it was one of the first schemes to include the S/NVQ Level 2 and 3 within its programme. In 1999 the newly introduced Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) approached CISRS to be one of its founder affiliate organisations. In the early 2000’s, the card renewal scheme which imposed a requirement for a Health and Safety testing on a five yearly basis was also embraced by CISRS.

The requirement for renewal did for a short period have quite a dramatic effect on card scheme numbers: For example, in 2004 there was a total of only 15,526 current card holders listed. The scheme’s ethos of quality over quantity has endured and due to this the card’s status amongst the wider industry has gone from strength to strength making it a mandatory requirement in almost all areas of the sector.

When the scheme was initially introduced 40 years ago, there still existed the opportunity to apply for a card under “grandfather rights” or “industry accreditation” based upon industry experience and an employer’s declaration. Although many of the initial cardholders obtained their CISRS status via this method, the completion of Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced training courses soon became the only established route into the CISRS scheme and it has remained that way for over 30 years since the withdrawal of Grandfather rights.

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The scheme continues to move forward. The last eight years has seen the introduction of System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS), Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) and a mandatory one day course requirement for New Entrant Trainees and Scaffolding Labourers prior to registration CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS). And a full scheme review is currently underway in order to ensure any relevant industry changes are incorporated to the core scheme Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced programmes.

The new Part 1 package (which is due to be issued to approved providers by the end of December 2014) will incorporate additional training on TG20:13, Mobile Access Tower (Aluminium Tower) training for scaffolders and a Scaffold inspection module. The package will include PowerPoints, lesson plans, drawings, supporting literature, training modules etc. The standardisation working party will reconvene in early January to start work on Part 2.

David Mosley Scheme Manager said: “To reach 50,000 current card holders is a great achievement, the numbers may not seem huge when compared to some other industry schemes, but we know that our cardholders have had to work hard to achieve their CISRS status and that they are part of a select few industry recognised competency cards schemes. Well done to all involved, the card holders, their employers, the training providers and the CISRS team.“

For further details about CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available, a list of approved training providers or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC Support UKCG’s ‘Open Doors Weekend’ Campaign

NASC Support UKCG’s ‘Open Doors Weekend’ Campaign

The NASC is supporting the 2015 ‘Open Doors Weekend’ campaign, organised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), the Scottish Contractors Group (SCG), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Sector Skills Council, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

The initiative aims to “give a unique opportunity to have a ‘behind the scenes’ look at 100+ major construction sites for more than 3,000 people, in a safe, exciting and unique environment” on March 6th & 7th 2015. And a variety of interesting sites have already been lined up from from top contractors and developers such as VINCI, BAM, Midas and Galliford Try. In addition Kier, Carillion, Mace, Morgan Sindall, Wates, Sir Robert McAlpine, Mace and many other big names are set to book their sites by the end of the year, in time for the March event, which will also be supported by local MPs and other industry players.

Aimed at the 11-16 and 16-24 age groups, teachers, parents and those with an interest in ‘life behind hoardings’, the scheme’s aim is to encourage the next generation of construction workers – including scaffolders, scaffold designers, access provision and other associated work at height careers, hence the NASC support.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director said: “The UKCG and NASC work closely together on a number of projects. And we are very happy to support this superb scheme, and hope our members and the scaffolding industry get right behind it.
“Very few construction projects can go ahead without scaffolding and access, so our industry plays a vital part in the wider construction sector. As such, it’s important to make sure we are supporting the next generation of construction workers, especially scaffolders, through superb schemes such as Open Doors.”

Rachel Done of the UKCG said: “UKCG are very pleased to have NASC support for Open Doors Weekend 2015. NASC members make a vital contribution to the safe construction of projects.

“This annual event provides a focus for the whole industry to shout about the wide range of career options available to young people. We would ask those working in construction to promote the event to their contacts particularly in schools, colleges and universities.”

Registration for the event and information can be found at: www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk & via the UKCG’s other ‘Born to Build’ initiative at: www.borntobuild.org.uk and via their social media platforms on Facebook here and Twitter here (@OpenDoorsWknd & @borntobuilduk) where the hashtag #doors2015 is being used to identify the campaign.

For details about getting into the scaffolding industry and becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC 2014 Annual General Meeting

NASC 2014 Annual General Meeting

  • NASC Presidents New Apprentices Challenge up to 230 apprentice
  • £25,300 raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by member companies
  • Inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award winner: Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd
  • New look NASC 2015 Yearbook published
  • Strong sales of TG20:13 publications

The NASC’s well-attended Annual General Meeting took place at the iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester city centre on Friday 21st November.

In a packed agenda, NASC MD Robin James reported on the recent publication of the new look NASC 2015 Yearbook, the sales success of the organisation’s “good practice guide for tube and fitting,” TG20:13, the publication of new and revised Safety and Technical guidance, Qualifying the Workforce Funding and the recent promotional work of the organisation at 2014 events, such as the Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCeL and Health & Safety North in Bolton.
In addition, Mr James provided a 2014 Annual Review with updates on the activities of the various standing committees. He said: “I would like to thank the standing committee members. They are the lifeblood and shop window of our organisation and are what helps to make us such a force within the scaffolding sector and wider construction industry.”

NASC President, Kevin Ward then updated those present on his New Apprentices Challenge – the plan to create 400 new scaffolding apprenticeships during his two year tenure, simultaneously raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT). Mr Ward informed the membership that 230 new apprentices have been created by NASC member companies since the scheme began 12 months ago. This equates to more than £25,300 being raised for TCT – at the half way point of the scheme.

Special mention was made of Seabro Ltd who are currently topping the New Apprentices Challenge league – with 16 new apprentices commencing training during this period. And credit was also given to other member companies in double figures, with Interserve Industrial Services Ltd on 14, Connect Scaffolding Ltd on 11 and B J Champion Scaffolding Ltd, Lyndon Scaffolding plc, TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd and UK Access Solutions Ltd all with 10 new apprentices each.

Mr Ward said: “An amazing 230 new apprentices have been created by NASC member companies in 12 months. Well done to members! But we can’t afford to be complacent.”

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NASC Training Director and CISRS Manager, Dave Mosley added: “The apprenticeship scheme numbers are very positive for the industry, showing that the scaffolding sector is leading the way in apprenticeship training. We are confident the 400 goal will be surpassed by this time next year, with continued support from the membership.”

Mr Mosley also announced the NASC’s inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award winner – Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd – along with runners-up, Dean Fry (Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd) and Matt Wernham (Connect Scaffolding Ltd). It is expected that there will be no shortage of entries for the 2015 award, thanks to the New Apprentice Challenge.

In conclusion, NASC MD Mr James announced that the 2015 NASC AGM and Annual Ball will be held in Leeds.

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the New Apprentices Challenge, TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC 2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced

NASC 2014 Apprentice of the Year Announced

The NASC announced the results of its inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award at its Annual General Meeting in Manchester on Friday 21st November.

The new NASC Apprentice of the Year scheme – sponsored by both the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) – is aimed at individuals who are directly employed by an NASC Member company and are either part way through a formal scaffolding apprenticeship with an approved CISRS provider, or alternatively have successfully completed the apprenticeship programme in 2014.

The successful candidate needed to be conscientious, have shown a willingness to learn and develop skills and have gone above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification. The judge wanted to see evidence of someone who through hard work, personal development and a commitment to the industry would be viewed as a shining example to others looking to enter the scaffolding sector

The winner was selected by scheme judge and Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Diane Wood.

It was announced during the AGM, that the winner of the very first NASC Apprentice of the Year award was Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd in Mansfield.

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Josh will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £500, whilst the apprentice’s employer Kaefer C&D Ltd. will also receive a trophy and £500 to be spent on CISRS training with an approved provider. These prizes will be officially presented by NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, at the workplace of the winner at a mutually convenient date.

A special mention was also given to the two runners-up for the 2014 award, Dean Fry of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd and Matt Wernham of Connect Scaffolding Ltd, both of whom will also receive a trophy to recognise their efforts whilst working towards the achievement of their apprenticeships.

CITB’s Diane Wood said: “Josh originally started as a yard lad in 2011. He then applied for a labourer’s job and worked for a year labouring before moving into the Scaffold Division and starting an apprenticeship. He has not only overcome his own personal challenges of working away from home while so young, but has helped others – in particular another team member who was finding it difficult attending college and being away from home. Joshua’s support enabled this person to continue at college.

“The testimonies stating the willingness he demonstrates in everything he does, his enthusiasm to progress but also having time to help his peers stood out in his application, but in particular the comment of his tutor “that he has a very positive impact on the group setting an excellent example to others and setting the standard for behaviour and respect” made him my choice for this new award.”

Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager said: “Congratulations to Josh for winning in this inaugural year and Dean and Matt as runners-up. NASC members have a very long history of supporting scaffolding apprenticeship, which spans over four decades: We have sponsored the Annual NCC Scaffolding Apprentice Awards for almost as long. We were very happy to accept the offer of CITB and CISRS to help us set up our own NASC Apprentice of the Year prize in order to recognise the hard work and commitment of both the employer and employee.

“The competition for next year’s award should be particularly strong  thanks to the NASC President’s New Apprenticeship Challenge, which has generated 230 new scaffolding apprenticeships since November 2013. It’s all very positive for the industry, highlighting that the scaffolding sector is leading the way in apprentice training.”

For details about becoming an NASC member, apprenticeships and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13. And for more details about CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC launch 2015 Yearbook

NASC launch 2015 Yearbook

The NASC has launched its 2015 Yearbook, which is packed with 94 pages of news about the confederation and its 250+ members, including a wealth of fascinating Project News reports showcasing the best of UK scaffolding contracts over the last 12 months.

NASC Managing Director Robin James reports on a positive 2014 for the membership as the industry begins to recover from the recession. He also notes the wide pick-up and acceptance of TG20:13 good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding by the industry. NASC President Kevin Ward considers why more and more principal contractors are now choosing NASC members for their access and scaffolding requirements, and reports on his New Apprentices Challenge in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 2015 Yearbook includes a number of articles from the Chairs of NASC standing committees, including Vice President Alan Lilley on plans for the NASC audit process in 2015, updates on CISRS training by Dave Francis, developments in Health and Safety by Adrian Rooney, and updates on Technical guidance by James Attridge. Des Moore and Jerry Watts provide updates on the Code of Practice product audit, and Trevor Clarke and Liz Bridge report on employment affairs and contractual matters.

In addition, there is a double page spread on recent updates to TG20:13 including the introduction of Supplement 1 and eGuide Version 1.1, together with a full listing of NASC publications, and a directory of NASC full and information members. A profile of SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association) is included, together with a directory of SAEMA members. Also included is a listing of approved CISRS training providers, together with details of NASC membership criteria and the NASC Code of Conduct.

The NASC 2015 Yearbook has been designed, edited and printed by Construction Manager publishers Atom, with a radical re-design and new look. This incorporates a striking cover and contents page, a complete overhaul of the information sections and committee listings, together with further improvements.

Robin James said: “It’s a great step forward for the confederation’s Yearbook. The bold new look and design are eye-catching and mean that the wealth of information contained within are a lot easier to navigate and digest. Despite the fact that we live in a ‘digital age’ this publication seems to improve every year. It’s clear that people still like to have a copy of the NASC Yearbook in their hands.

“In addition to all the reports, features, and useful listings, there’s a formidable array of scaffolding projects carried out by member companies in the Project News section. Once again, the NASC Yearbook testifies to the unique skill set and versatility of NASC contracting members across the UK. I would urge all who work in the scaffolding sector – and indeed the wider construction industry – to pay careful attention to the contents of the NASC 2015 Yearbook.”

An e-reader version of the NASC 2015 Yearbook is available to view here and on the NASC Website.

To obtain a hard copy of the 2015 Yearbook or for further details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC New Apprentices Challenge Gains Momentum and Support approaching the Halfway Mark

NASC New Apprentices Challenge Gains Momentum and Support approaching the Halfway Mark

The NASC President’s ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year term has gained momentum recently – with the news that NASC member Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd has joined the list of 10 other NASC member companies which are sponsoring the challenge’s charitable element in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

This now means the 11 charity sponsoring NASC member companies are collectively donating £110 to TCT for each new apprentice started by an NASC member up to the target number, potentially raising £44,000 at the end of the challenge in November 2015.

NASC President, Kevin Ward will be announcing the good news and providing an update on the scheme’s progress to date at the confederation’s AGM in Manchester later this month – one year on from its launch, following his inauguration as President in November 2013. It is hoped that apprentice numbers will be at or over the 200 mark, equating to more than £22,000 raised for The Teenage Cancer Trust, to date, at the halfway point.

Mr Ward said: “I am delighted at the progress so far, in terms of new apprentices being taken on by our members. And I am looking forward to seeing what progress we have made at the halfway point of the initiative. However, regardless of any success in terms of numbers to date, I know there’s a long way to go before we can consider the challenge a success – so I want to encourage all NASC members to continue to recruit new scaffolding apprentices over the coming year.”

He added: “I am very grateful for the generous support and also delighted to welcome Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd to the growing list of member companies sponsoring the charitable side of this challenge – which is a fantastic and very worthy cause indeed. And should any other members wish to join them by becoming sponsors, they would be very welcome and should initially contact Jamie McGuire at NASC HQ.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, West Midlands said: “We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its sponsor members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help support young people with cancer, so they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone.”

For details about and updates on the New Apprentices Challenge and Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit here. For more information about becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC Members and Staff meet Nick Boles MP

NASC Members and Staff meet Nick Boles MP

NASC were in Westminster earlier this month, with members Chris Sedgeman and Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd, to meet with Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities – discussing the availability of training in the South West and proposals for the future of apprenticeships in the UK.

The meeting – which was attended by NASC MD, Robin James and NASC Director of Training, Dave Mosley – was brokered by Chris Sedgeman and Lynn Way, via their local Conservative MP candidate Derek Thomas (West Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly).

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They had met with Mr Thomas on several occasions to discuss concerns over the lack of available training in the South West region and their fears that proposed funding models for future apprenticeships would no longer be commercially viable for the scaffolding sector – having a detrimental effect on the whole industry.

Their campaign follows a visit in May 2014 by the Chancellor, George Osborne, who had visited Chris Sedgeman’s scaffolding yard in Penzance following their scaffolding works while repairing the storm damaged mainline railway line at Dawlish.

NASC Training Manager, Dave Mosley had also previously written to Mr Boles’ predecessor, Matthew Hancock, on behalf of the scaffolding sector to express the confederation’s “serious concern” over proposals that would see a requirement for an employer contribution of around £4000 to be paid upfront prior to taking on an apprentice.

The NASC feared this would mean employers would look for alternative routes to training their workforce, away from the important apprenticeship route – which the NASC, CISRS and the scaffolding sector have supported since the late 1970s. More than 350 apprentices go through the CITB National Construction Colleges or private providers every year – more than any other industry.

Indeed, the apprenticeship drive is still of vital concern to the NASC – as current President, Kevin Ward is highlighting with his two-year campaign to get member companies to create 400+ new scaffolding apprentices into the industry.

Dave Mosley said: “This meeting was very positive. Mr Boles listened to our concerns and gave a very strong indication that some of the proposals currently being piloted in the ‘Trailblazer apprenticeship  programme’ which we opposed (such as up front employer contributions and claiming funding for training through HMRC) may not be imposed once the pilot is completed. That’s good news for the scaffolding industry and apprenticeships, which are the lifeblood of our industry.

“The NASC party left the meeting very happy with the outcome and feel that common sense has prevailed – with a softening of approach in relation to some of the previous proposals, which would have had a detrimental effect on the scaffolding industry as a whole.”

Mr Boles stated: “I do not want to introduce any measures that would dissuade companies from taking on apprentices. I appreciate the additional investment of time, money and reduction in output that taking on an apprentice entails and do not wish to add to this burden.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the current apprenticeship programme, TG20:13, or about the scaffold industry guidance trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And to discover more about CISRS scaffold training, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk.

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Qualifying The Workforce Training Funding 2015

Qualifying The Workforce Training Funding 2015

The NASC has received confirmation that funding has been secured from Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which will enable them to run their 4th Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) programme, starting in January 2015.

This follows three successful QTW programmes involving NASC members in 2012-2014, where proposed targets were exceeded on each occasion – with more than 200 operatives qualified to CISRS Scaffolder via either apprenticeships or the adult/commercial route, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supervisor in 2012 and 2013.

In 2014 the QTW programme also included payments for those undertaking the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course for New Entrant Trainee and Scaffolding Labourers – with a £125 payment to the employer upon completion of training and issuing of the relevant CISRS cards.

The CITB funding has allowed NASC not only to promote the concept of a fully qualified workforce to the scaffolding sector but also to pay out over £25,000 to participating members in 2012-2013, with a further £29,000 paid out in 2014.

NASC received additional/exceptional funding from CITB in 2014 – in order to offer further support to the QTW programme. This will hopefully create an additional 100 qualified operatives (across all five CISRS training course categories) before the end of the year.

NASC Director of Training, Dave Mosley said: “NASC & CISRS would like to thank the CITB for their continued support, which allows us to promote QTW and make a small bonus payment to the members who spend a lot of time and money maintaining a qualified workforce – helping to make the scaffolding industry a safer place.”

In addition to the new QTW, NASC has also received CITB funding to run a batch of three-day, new-style Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) courses – which are open to non-NASC members and member companies. The courses will be running at NCC Scotland, Simian Skills and NCC Midlands (which NASC’s Ken Johnson will be attending).

Dave Mosley added: “The CITB Specialists department have been extremely helpful highlighting the possibilities of accessing additional funding for new and developing training programmes. This fitted perfectly with the introduction of the three day Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) courses. This funding is very welcome and makes the transition from two to three day courses a little easier for the industry.”

For further details about 2015 Qualifying The Workforce Training, three-day CISRS SITS courses and training changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

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NASC & CISRS Exhibition Success at Health & Safety North Event in Bolton

NASC & CISRS Exhibition Success at Health & Safety North Event in Bolton

The NASC and CISRS had a successful exhibition at the Health & Safety North event held at Bolton Arena last week (October 8-9th 2014)  attracting over 130 serious enquiries on scaffolding safety, standards and training to its 16m trade stand (B16), which featured a free-standing five metre tower, built by members 3D Scaffolding of Manchester.

Three NASC staff and Simian Skills Director, Dave Randles actively promoted the work of the confederation, handed out useful scaffolding advice, promotional material and literature, and took enquiries from representatives of the construction and health and safety industries attending the event, which attracted over 2,000 visitors.

The show gave the NASC another opportunity to showcase the innovative TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidance – with many popular live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide on the stand’s 52-inch plasma screen and on the eGuide Android device App, which provides a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding.

Copies of the NASC 2014 Health and Safety Report and CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet were also distributed, together with over 100 recent NASC/CISRS press releases and NASC promotional publications.

Representatives of the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) sharing the stand were able to provide the latest information on SITS and COTS scaffolding training courses, along with information on changes to Part One, Part Two and Advanced scaffolding courses following the launch of TG20:13 earlier this year. And CISRS Training Provider, Simian Skills were invaluable in passing on the CISRS message, and benefits of TG20:13.

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NASC MD, Robin James said: “This new event has been a great success in getting across the important technical and safety guidance messages of both NASC & CISRS. And being a more regional event, with a northern UK delegate base, this has been a useful exercise for us, especially in the wake of the recent publication of the first TG20:13 update, Supplement 1 & Version 1.1 eGuide – which were received very favourably, along with the new TG20:13 eGuide Android application. It was superb to see so much positive feedback on TG20:13 from a wide variety of sources too.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “There was so much interest in scaffold and access training at the S&H Expo at ExCeL, and it’s great to see this reflected in this smaller, but just as important regional Health & Safety North event. We are always looking for ways to widen the reach of the organisation, and keen to get our message of getting the right training across to the construction and health and safety industries, right across the UK. This event has been another successful step forward.”

Health & Safety Events were first launched in 2007 and have expanded rapidly with support from the industry’s leading stakeholders, such as the British Safety Council. The event organisers say: “Each event brings together the very best of the UK health & safety industry at a strategically positioned venue. Combining ease of access for the visitor with affordability and measurable ROI for the exhibitor is what makes these events so popular. “

Following on from the success of this event, the NASC & CISRS will now be attending the H&S Scotland event 22-23rd April 2015 at the SECC in Glasgow.

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

And for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC Apprentice of the Year Award 2014

NASC Apprentice of the Year Award 2014

NASC are proud to announce the launch of the NASC Apprentice of the Year Award, which is to be sponsored by both CITB and CISRS.

The award is aimed at individuals who are currently directly employed with an NASC Member company and are either part way through a formal scaffolding apprenticeship with an approved CISRS provider or alternatively have successfully completed the apprenticeship programme in 2014.

The successful candidate must be conscientious, have shown a willingness to learn and develop skills and have gone above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification. The judges would like to see evidence of someone who through hard work, personal development and a commitment to the industry would be viewed as a shining example to others looking to enter the scaffolding sector.

Nominations must be received by Friday November 7th 2014. The winning apprentice will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £500, while the apprentice’s employer will also receive a trophy and £500 to be spent on CISRS training with an approved provider.

The winner will be announced at the NASC AGM Friday 21st November 2014, in Manchester, with the presentation of the award to take place at the workplace of the winner at a mutually convenient date.

Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager said, “We would like to thank CITB for their kind offer to support the establishment of an NASC Apprentice of the Year Award. The membership have always been great supporters of Scaffolding Apprenticeships and it is fitting that we should we should have some formal recognition for candidates that excel in this area.”

Those wishing to enter the NASC Apprentice of the Year 2014 Award should go to the CISRS section in the member’s area on the NASC website.

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk