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CISRS Launch ‘Toolbox Talk’ TG20:13 Training Videos

CISRS Launch ‘Toolbox Talk’ TG20:13 Training Videos

CISRS has launched a series of ‘Toolbox Talk’ training videos to act as teaching tools for the introduction of the NASC’s new Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13.

Scaffolding training expert, Simon Hughes of Simian Skills Ltd has been drafted in by CISRS to help prepare and host the videos, as well as working closely with CISRS to produce a new ‘What has changed in TG20’ guidance document, to update and assist all CISRS training in relation to TG20.

There are currently three ‘Toolbox Talk’ versions availble to view online through NASC channels (see links below): A full 19-minute video, which features an introduction to the new TG20:13 e-Guide, a shorter 12-minute version, without the e-Guide demonstration, and the separate e-Guide demonstration itself. Powerpoint versions of the training films are also available to view via the NASC website.

The Toolbox Talk videos are designed to introduce the NASC’s new Technical Guidance TG20:13 – which includes significant changes and extends the scope of standard scaffolds that can be built without the need for additional design. The new TG20:13 Operational, Design, User & e-Guides that make up the full ‘TG20 Suite‘ are all explained in detail in the videos.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “The introduction of TG20:13 will have a profound effect on the industry and will affect all CISRS courses. We wanted to make a series of videos to help make the integration of TG20:13 as smooth as possible from a training perspective.

“These well-produced, factually-accurate and clearly-presented videos will be an invaluable training tool for scaffolding contractors, as well as CISRS-approved training providers, we would like to thank Simon Hughes and Simian Skills Ltd for their assistance in producing the videos. We are confident the industry will find them useful in getting to grips with TG20:13.”

To view the CISRS/NASC TG20:13 ‘Toolbox Talk’ training videos, please visit NASC’s YouTube page at: www.youtube.com/user/NASClondon. Or visit the NASC’s website TG20:13 section at: www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

And for further details about the new Scaffold Inspection (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. Also, to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

TG20:13 & Changes to SITS Courses

Following the introduction of the new TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidelines, CISRS has seen this as an opportunity to review its current course content which has reulted in them adding an extra day to the Basic SITS course – making it three days in duration. This additional day is to accommodate the extra detail and structures included within the new TG20:13 guidance but is also part of a drive to ramp up the training requirement for those wishing to carry out Scaffold inspections. It has long been felt by the scaffolding industry that 2 day courses are not sufficient to impart all of the relevant knowledge required for carrying out inspection of scaffold structures.

The revised SITS training coursework is nearing completion and the new courses will be issued to the CISRS approved providers imminently giving them plenty of time to get up to speed with the new format prior to the course becoming mandatory from 1 July 2014.

Those who have already pre-booked a CISRS two-day course with an approved provider prior to the 1 July 2014 cut-off date will still be allowed to attend the course and will be eligible to apply for a CISRS Basic Inspection card upon completion. CISRS recommends that in this situation, or for those who have previously completed the two day course, participants will need to ensure they obtain a full suite of the TG20 guidance and make themsleves aware of the changes. They could make use of the TG20 powerpoints but may also want to seek some formal TG20 training via an approved training provider.

For more information on the SITS (or other) courses, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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Inaugural CISRS Instructors Conference Success

Inaugural CISRS instructors conference success

More than 40 delegates from 22 CISRS Scaffolding Training centres attended the inaugural CISRS Instructors Conference March 14/15, at the historic NCC East Training Centre at Bircham Newton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk – all are now calling for it to become an annual event.

NCC East (the first scaffolding training centre to be given CISRS accreditation, more than 40 years ago) played host to the new event, which featured a Friday evening social gathering and meal – giving instructors from different centres an opportunity to meet up in informal surroundings and compare ideas – and the main body of the conference, a seminar on Saturday, which looked at the Impact on all CISRS courses of the NASC’s new TG20:13 tube and fitting Technical Guidelines.

The conference seminar featured two very detailed presentations given by Terry Roberts of CADS (TG20:13 technical authors) and Simian Risk’s Simon Hughes – looking in depth at TG20:13, with eGuide demonstrations, focusing on the specific changes that will need to be incorporated to CISRS training courses, such as:

  • Incorporating the use of pre-fabricated transom units.
  • Different styles of chimney scaffolds to be included.
  • Safe method of work for erecting floor height lifts.
  • Tube and fitting stairways to be included in CISRS Part 2.
  • SITS Courses changing from two to three days.

CADS’ Terry Roberts said: “We were hoping to give the CISRS training instructors a clear understanding of the new TG20:13 documents, so that they can be confident they are passing on all of the relevant information to the new course delegates.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley gave a presentation at the seminar, discussing TG20:13 and training implications and also the successful pilots of the Aluminium Tower training module (now completed at three CISRS centres: Training 2000, Simian Risk and NCC Midlands), which is now to be included in CISRS Part 1, 2 and Advanced courses. Mr Mosley added that a bespoke PowerPoint presentation will be distributed to the training providers shortly, which will be followed by industry promotion. The aim of the new Aluminium Tower Training course is to eliminate the requirement for some clients for CISRS qualified scaffolders to attend PASMA style courses at a later date.

Mr Mosley also discussed the new COTS (CISRS Operative Training Scheme) changes and the importance of making the courses available on a regular basis – as demand is beginning to increase within the scaffolding and access industry.

In addition there was agreement that greater standardisation of course notes across all of the centres needed to be achieved. And CISRS agreed to review Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced courses incorporating the relevant elements, so they can be issued to the providers before 1 July 2014. All of the event’s seminar PowerPoint presentations will be distributed to all CISRS training centres in order to update those instructors unable to attend the conference event and seminar.

Tony Barry, Senior Instructor at the National Construction College CITB said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for all CISRS training providers to come together and discuss how the TG20:13 suite of material would affect future CISRS training. The information and topics discussed were relevant and current. The seminar made great strides towards embedding a standardised approach for all CISRS providers and I would like to see this become annual event for all instructors.”

For further details about the new 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. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visitwww.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13

 

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Inaugural CISRS Instructors Conference

Inaugural CISRS instructors conference

CISRS will be running an inaugural Instructors Conference this weekend, at the historic NCC East Training Centre at Bircham Newton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. NCC East was the very first scaffolding training centre to be given CISRS accredatation over 40 years ago.

More than 40 delegates invited from the UK’s top 27 training centres have signed up to this new event, which takes place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March.

The free-of-charge conference hosted by CISRS aims to update the UK’s top scaffolding and access instructors and approved providers on:

 

  • Current changes to CISRS training and course standardisation.
  • The introduction of the NASC’s new TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidelines.
  • How TG20:13 will alter training and affect courses.
  • The new CISRS Basic and Advanced SITS courses

Headlining the conference seminar are two guest speakers: TG20:13 technical authors and software specialists, CADS – with Terry Roberts giving a presentation and taking questions on the new NASC guidance – and Simon Hughes of Simian Skills, who will be discussing the impact of TG20:13 on training providers. Finally, CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley will chair a discussion on improving standardisation of CISRS training across all providers. An open Q&A session will follow the presentations.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “We have talked about an instructor conference for some time and we are really pleased to finally have the first one set up. We are hoping it will be a very positive step for all concerned – as it will be a great opportunity for those at the front line of delivery to sit down together with the scheme management and offer opinions or suggestions for improvement within the scheme, share good practice with other providers and obtain feedback from the delegates. We are hoping that this conference will be the first of what is to become an annual event. I’m sure that there will be some interesting debate and hope that it will prove to be beneficial to all attending.

“The introduction of TG20:13 will have a profound effect on the industry and will affect all CISRS courses. We want to help make the integration of TG20:13 as smooth as possible from a training perspective, hence the desire to run this conference – to get instructors up to speed quickly on the changes to scaffolding training. We are confident it will prove to be a useful exercise for all. It is very fitting to be holding the inaugural event at the UK’s first CISRS scaffolding training centre, which is still one of the largest construction training centres in Europe”

CADS’ Terry Roberts added: “We are hoping to give the CISRS training instructors a clear understanding of the new TG20:13 documents, so that they can be confident they are passing on all of the relevant information to the new course delegates.”
For further details about the new 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. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

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TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding

tG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding

  • The NASC’s new TG20:13 Technical Guidance offers good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding.
    TG20:13 aims to raise awareness of good practice in scaffolding across the construction industry and drive up standards of scaffolding, and safety.
  • The TG20:13 ‘Suite’ of guidance is supported by the UKCG, HSE and CITB.
  • TG20:13 was published in February 2014. A pricing structure was posted on the NASC home page www.nasc.org.uk at time of publication, with discounted rates for NASC members.
  • TG20:13 is underpinned by detailed structural research and is designed to conform with the European standard for scaffolding: BS EN 12811.
  • NASC created TG20:13 for the wider industry to reduce the requirement for bespoke scaffolding design for standard scaffolding structures.
  • TG20:13 provides guidance for independent scaffold structures, birdcages, loading bays, ladder-access and free-standing towers, and chimney scaffolds. It includes features such as bridges, protection fans, inside board brackets, cantilevered platforms and pavement lifts. Floor-level lifts and double standards are addressed, and guidance is provided for the first time for structural transom units.
  • TG20:13 is comprised of four distinctive publications: two coprehensive A4 books (Operational & Design Guides) and innovative new software known as the TG20:13 e-Guide incorporating ‘TG20 Compliance Sheets’ which reduce the requirement for additional scaffold design. Also included is a pocket-sized TG20:13 User Guide

 

1. TG20:13 Operational Guide. A full-colour, brand new, 224-page guide containing detailed practical guidance for most common types of scaffolding supported by structural research and calculations. Guidance is provided for an expanded range of standard structures which includes independent scaffolding, interior birdcages, chimney stack scaffolds, loading bays, ladder-access towers, free-standing towers, lift shaft towers and putlog scaffolding. A range of TG20 ‘compliance sheets’ is included for these structures.

2. TG20:13 Design Guide. Intended predominantly for engineers and designers, this 206-page document provides technical data, commentary, and source material for use by competent and suitably qualified scaffold designers in circumstances which are outside the scope of standard solutions provided in the TG20:13 Operational Guide and TG20:13 e-Guide software.

3. TG20:13 e-Guide. Designed for Mac, PC and tablet use, making it extremely easy to check scaffolds for TG20:13 compliance digitally, with user-friendly software which will facilitate printing and circulation of details of TG20 compliant structures by email. The TG20:13 e-Guide calculates and prints compliance sheets for TG20 compliant scaffolding. It allows TG20 to incorporate a wide range of scaffolding configurations, and calculates safe heights, tie duties and leg loads.4. TG20:13 User Guide. A 32-page, full-colour pocket guide in A6 format. This document clearly summarises the requirements for TG20 compliant scaffolding and offers indispensable guidance to the scaffolding operative on-site.

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TG20:13 QUOTES: NASC & Construction/H&S Industry

NASC Managing Director, Robin James commented: “We are very excited about the publication of TG20:13, and appreciate the patience of our members, and the construction industry as a whole, who have been waiting for this product to be finalised. TG20:13 represents a hugely improved, more user-friendly and significantly enhanced technical guidance system. We are confident that our members, and the wider industry, will welcome this innovative product.

“The NASC has invested more than L500k into the research and development of TG20:13. We are confident that it will be a great success and will be positively received by the membership and the wider industry.”

NASC President, Kevin Ward added: “Those who have already seen the document have been amazed by the quality of the work. TG20:13 is not a rewrite, it is a completely new suite of documents. The scope of these documents has meant that it has taken longer to complete than was initially hoped. It has though been worth the wait.

“The new version of TG20 sees a ‘step change’ in our industry with regard to the design of tube and fitting scaffolds. In future our clients will be expecting either a site specific ‘TG20:13 compliance sheet’ or a ‘full temporary works scaffold design’ to be submitted as part of a scaffold plan prior to the commencement of any works, and the HSE will also be looking for this.”

NASC Immediate Past President, Rob Lynch said: “We are all very positive about TG20:13. The new e-Guide is especially exciting. It was a risk we took developing this, but it’s exceeded all our expectations. We believe that the TG20:13 e-Guide will be an essential tool for every site manager and safety consultant, and will provide an accessible and reliable reference point for assessing the safety and compliance of scaffolds.”

Heather Bryant, HM Chief Inspector of Construction for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said: “Falls from height remain the dominant cause of fatal and serious injuries in the construction industry. Properly designed and constructed scaffolding has a key role to play in reducing that toll of injuries.

“HSE is pleased to acknowledge that the NASC has written TG20:13 to provide a standard for traditional tube and fitting scaffolds to help industry manage safety risks effectively in the scaffolding and wider construction sector.”

Stephen Ratcliffe, Director, UK Contractors Group (UKCG) said: “We applaud and support the work of the NASC which will no doubt result in safer scaffolding structures being installed and thus reduce the frequency of scaffolding failures, which at present occur far too frequently across the industry.

“The UKCG recommend the adoption and standardised use of TG20:13 to the wider industries that utilise scaffolding structures both within and outside the construction sector.”

Those wishing to purchase a copy of TG20:13 should consult the publications section of the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk or email sales@nasc.org.uk or call 020 7822 7400.

Further information and TG20:13 auxiliary material is also available via the NASC’s social media channels:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NASCscaffolding

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NASCscaffolding

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/NASClondon

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NASC TG20:13 Regional Seminars

NASC TG20:13 Regional Seminars

The NASC will be holding five, free TG20:13 Regional Seminars across the UK to mark the publication of the revised, industry standard Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding.

The TG20:13 regional seminars are open to principal contractors, client bodies, local authorities, health and safety consultants and scaffolding contractors. Pre-registration is required for attendance at the seminars (on a first-come first-served basis) by clicking here (seminars are now fully subscribed).

Each of the regional seminars will take place from 2.00-4.00pm and will feature two separate TG20:13 presentations. The first presentation will take the form of an introduction to TG20:13 by Terry Roberts (CADS, technical authors of TG20:13) and will highlight the main features of the revised guidance.

The second presentation will consider the implementation of TG20:13 by the scaffolding sector and the wider construction industry and will be delivered by Simon Hughes (Simian Risk). Each of the presentations will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

The two TG20:13 presentations will be followed by a shorter presentation by David Mosley (NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager) who will update on scaffolding industry training requirements.

The event will conclude with a further brief presentation by Robin James (NASC Managing Director) who will discuss the benefits of using NASC member companies for scaffolding requirements.

Dates and locations of the NASC TG20:13 Regional Seminars

  • Tuesday 4th March, South West & South Wales region @ Battleborough Grange, Brent Knoll
  • Wednesday 5th March, Midlands region @ Aston Wood GC, Sutton Coldfield
  • Thursday 6th March, Northern & North Wales region @ Holiday Inn, Barnsley (off M1 Junction 37)
  • Thursday 13th March, Scotland & Northern Ireland region @ NCC Scotland, Inchinnan
  • Tuesday 18th March, London/SE region @ Chamber of Shipping, London SE1.

Attendance at the TG20:13 regional seminars will be strictly limited to two individuals per company/organisation at each seminar location. Those wishing to attend one of these seminars must pre-register their attendance in the first instance by completing the TG20:13 Regional Seminar pre-registration form (seminars are now fully subscribed).

Robin James (NASC Managing Director) said: “The TG20:13 regional seminars are a great opportunity to get to grips with the greatly enhanced and user-friendly revised Technical Guidance, and to learn more about CISRS training as well as the benefits of using NASC members. We are confident that representatives from the wider industry will find the seminar content extremely useful and will go away with a greater understanding of TG20:13. Subject to take-up and demand, further TG20:13 regional seminars will be conducted later on in the year.”

Robin James added we are very excited about the publication of TG20:13, and appreciate the patience of our members, and the construction industry as a whole, who have been waiting for this product to be finalised. TG20:13 represents a hugely improved, more user-friendly and significantly enhanced technical guidance system. We are confident that our members, and the wider industry, will welcome this innovative product.
TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding
The new TG20:13 ‘Suite’ of guidance is supported by the UKCG, HSE and CITB, and takes the form of four distinctive publications, including two comprehensive A4 books and innovative new software known as the TG20:13 e-Guide, together with a pocket-sized User Guide:

1. TG20:13 Operational Guide. A full-colour, brand new, 224 page guide containing detailed practical guidance for most common types of scaffolding supported by structural research and calculations. Guidance is provided for an expanded range of structures which includes interior birdcages, chimney stack scaffolds, loading bays, ladder-access towers, free-standing towers, lift shaft towers and putlog scaffolding. A range of TG20:13 ‘compliance sheets’ is also included for these structures.

2. TG20:13 Design Guide. Intended predominantly for engineers and designers, this 206 page document provides technical data, commentary, and source material for use by competent and suitably qualified scaffold designers in circumstances which are outside the scope of standard solutions provided in the TG20:13 Operational Guide and TG20:13 e-Guide software.

3. TG20:13 e-Guide. Designed for Mac, PC and tablet use, making it extremely easy to check scaffolds for TG20:13 compliance digitally, with user-friendly software which will facilitate printing and circulation of details of TG20:13 compliant structures by email.

4. TG20:13 User Guide. A 32 page full colour pocket guide in A6 format, this document clearly summarises the requirements for compliant TG20:13 scaffolding and will offer indispensable guidance to the scaffolding operative.

Robin James added: “We are very excited about the publication of TG20:13, and appreciate the patience of our members, and the construction industry as a whole, who have been waiting for this product to be finalised. TG20:13 represents a hugely improved, more user-friendly and significantly enhanced technical guidance system. We are confident that our members, and the wider industry, will welcome this innovative product.

“The NASC has invested huge sums of money into the research and development of TG20:13. We are confident that it will be a huge success and will be positively received by the membership and the wider industry.”

NASC President, Kevin Ward said: “Those who have already seen the document have been amazed by the quality of the work. TG20:13 is not a rewrite, it is a completely new suite of documents. The scope of the documents has meant that it has taken longer to complete than was initially hoped. It has though been worth the wait.

“The new version of TG20 sees a ‘step change’ in our industry with regard to the design of tube & fitting scaffolds. In future our clients will be expecting either a site specific ‘TG20:13 compliance sheet’ or a ‘full temporary works scaffold design’ to be submitted as part of a scaffold plan prior to the commencement of any works – and the HSE will also be looking for this.”

NASC Immediate Past President, Rob Lynch said: “We are all very positive about TG20:13. The new e-Guide is especially exciting. It was a risk we took developing this, but it’s exceeded all our expectations. We believe that the TG20:13 e-Guide will be an essential tool for every site manager and safety consultant, and will provide an accessible and reliable reference point for assessing the safety and compliance of scaffolds.”

TG20:08 will be withdrawn on 30 June 2014.

The anticipated date of publication of the TG20:13 suite of guidance is mid February. A pricing structure for non members will be posted on the NASC home page at www.nasc.org.uk at time of publication.

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TG20:13 Revised CISRS Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS)

TG20:13 – revised CISRS Scaffold inspection training scheme (SITS)

CISRS are in the process of revising the Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) – in view of the imminent publication of the NASC’s TG20:13 Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding (TG20).

Training expert, Simon Hughes of Simian Skills Ltd has been drafted in by CISRS to review the CISRS SITS courses and add the necessary detail to both the Basic and Advanced SITS courses, specifically in relation to the new TG20 guidelines. And Mr Hughes is also working closely with CISRS to produce a new ‘What has changed in TG20’ guidance document, to update and assist all CISRS training.

Following the introduction of TG20:13, the decision has been made to add an extra day to the Basic SITS course, making it three days in duration. This is to accommodate the extra detail and structures included within the new TG20:13 guidance.

Work is nearing completion and the new courses should be available to CISRS approved providers by the end of February/early March, in order to give them a chance to familiarise themselves with the new format. The new SITS courses will go live from March 31st, with the new three day Basic SITS course becoming mandatory from 30th June 2014.

Those who have already pre-booked a CISRS two-day course with an approved provider prior to the 30th June 2014 cut-off date will still be allowed to attend the course and will be eligible to apply for a CISRS Basic Inspection card upon completion. Alternatively, CISRS recommends that clients contact their provider to rearrange to attend the new three day course (NB: there may be an additional fee for doing so).

The Advanced SITS will not be affected as much by the introduction of TG20:13, as it covers more complex designs which are not included within the scope of the new NASC Technical Guidelines, but some minor revisions are underway to accommodate changes caused by TG20:13.

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Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “The introduction of TG20:13 will have a profound effect on the industry and will affect all CISRS courses. It has become evident that we require an additional day to be added to the Basic SITS course, to accommodate all the changes.

“CISRS believe that the Basic SITS course is the essential foundation for anyone looking to inspect scaffolds. As such, it is imperative that the course covers the relevant topics in the appropriate depth – hence the revisions.

“The decision to increase the course duration to three days has not been taken lightly – and we realise this will have an effect on planned training programmes for 2014. However, we feel that the additional content is correct and relevant and therefore the extra day is required.

“One of the criticisms levelled at inspection training (and which has been a bugbear of the industry since the inception of inspection courses) is that ‘someone with very little knowledge of the industry can attend a two day course then go out and inspect scaffolding.’ CISRS are constantly striving to alter that opinion, through better training.

“CISRS previously adopted the two day duration as that was the industry norm. However, we felt it was always something that may need to be revisited at some point – and the publication of TG20:13 has made it apparent that the information which needs to be passed onto an individual attending a Basic inspection course cannot be imparted within two days.

“Additionally, all individuals involved in scaffold inspection – regardless of whether they have attended a CISRS two or three day course – will need to ensure that they obtain a copy of the new TG20:13 suite of documents and become fully conversant with its contents.”

For further details about the new SITS courses and changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20, please visit www.nasc.org.uk.

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Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) Funding Rewards NASC Membership’s Committment to Training

Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) Funding rewards nASC Membership’s commitment to Training

The NASC has announced their Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) 2014 programme will begin this week. NASC members will be able to apply for a payment of L125 for any of their employees that have qualified to CISRS Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supverisor status since 1st September 2013. The operatives will need to have completed all requisite training and be in possession of a current valid CISRS card to be eligible.

This will be the third time NASC have run a QTW programme supported with the aid of funding obtained through CITB. Both the 2012 and 2013 QTW programmes were very successful – with over 200 NASC member operatives being trained and qualified to CISRS Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supervisor grade in each period. During this time, the NASC has made payments of around L50k back to the members through the QTW funding.

“CITB are very pleased to be supporting the NASC through the Qualifying The Workforce programme. They have exceeded their target in the two previous years, and we hope they can keep that successful momentum going in 2014. Well done to all those NASC members who particpated.” said Paul Gaze, CITB Specialist Federation Support Manager.

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In September 2013, CISRS introduced a CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) one day training course requirement, for those applying for a CISRS Scaffolding Labourer card or an initial New Entrant Trainee Scaffolders card. NASC will make up to 50 payments of L125 to employers who have put their operative through this new course and have obtained a CISRS Labourer or CISRS New Entrant Trainee card via this process.

The NASC states that it is important to encourage the take up of this new requirement of formal training for scaffolding labourers, which will be in line with changes to CSCS scheme rules concerning labourer qualifications, to be introduced later in 2014.

Dave Mosley NASC Director of Training said: “The scaffolding industry is one of the most proactive and supportive when it comes to operative training and qualification. A qualified workforce is one of the cornerstone principles of NASC membership. We appreciate that achieving this takes considerable time and expense on the part of the members and it’s great that we can offer some small financial reward to them thanks to the QTW programme.“

If NASC members are looking to take advantage of the QTW programme they should visit the NASC website: www.nasc.org.uk. And for further information on scaffolding training, please visit the CISRS website – www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.