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NASC 2017 Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at NASC AGM

NASC 2017 Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at NASC AGM

Dave Mosley NASC Director of Training and CISRS Manager was in attendance at the NASC AGM on Friday 24 November 2017 to announce the winners in the NASC Apprentice of the Year Awards 2017.

Competition for the awards which are co-sponsored by Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) was tough, and after reducing the submissions to a shortlist of 8, the judge for this year’s competition, Paul Gaze of CITB found it too difficult to recognise the achievements of only 2 apprentices and suggested an additional ‘highly commended’ category.

Three apprentices stood out when Paul reviewed the shortlisted submissions. All three had showed the desire to succeed and had overcome various challenges on their respective CISRS programmes.

The overall winner of this year’s award was Aidan Waldron (see above image) of Connect Scaffolding Ltd based in Bishops Stortford. He was presented with his Trophy, Certificate and cheque for £500 by Des Moore, the newly appointed NASC President, and Baroness Karren Brady CBE, business woman, football director and star of TV’s The Apprentice. His employer Connect Scaffolding also received a trophy, certificate and cheque for £500.

Paul Gaze said of Aidan “His Supervisors and Clients have provided a great deal of positive feedback on Aidan. He continually asked pertinent and sensible questions, demonstrating his awareness of carrying out the task in a safe and controlled manner with suitable regard for others that could be affected by his, or his team’s actions.”

Tiger Fedrick-Hughes of Tamworth Scaffolding Ltd was awarded the 2017 Runner Up prize which saw him and his employer receive a trophy, certificate and a cheque for £250 each.

Tiger was previously working in another construction trade but felt that he was not developing his career. He since joined Tamworth Scaffolding and has excelled on his CISRS programme. His attendance and commitment are first rate, and his achievement at college is very good.

Gem Winstone, Tiger’s employer said “Tiger’s commitment to learning his trade is exemplified in that he needs to catch 2 trains and two buses to get to college and has never been late!”

The Highly Commended award went to Claudia Ferguson of Interlink Scaffold Limited (ISL) based in Birtley Tyne and Wear.

Paul Gaze felt she thoroughly deserved this recognition and stated: “Claudia is a credit to herself and her employer and has dedicated herself to learning the trade and is seen as a great addition to the team. She received a glowing report from her instructor, she has worked on a wide range of projects including the new Wear Crossing in Sunderland”

It was a highly successful day for Interlink and their workforce as the Wear Crossing job went on to win NASC 2017 Project of the Year Award which was presented by Dr Mohed Altrad founder and president of the Altrad Group who sponsored this special award.

NASC and CISRS would like to thank all of those involved in these awards including sponsors, employers and in particular the apprentices as these are the people who will take the industry into the future, well done to all.

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Des Moore NASC President’s speech at NASC AGM

Des Moore NASC President’s speech at NASC AGM

The NASC AGM was held at the Intercontinental London Park Lane on Friday 24 November and saw the election of a new NASC president Des Moore (CEO Trad Group) in succession to Alan Lilley (Commercial Scaffolding Ltd) in front of a packed audience of 160 members, guests and staff.

In his welcoming speech Mr Moore thanked Mr Lilley for two years of exceptional service, and noted his contribution to growing the SME membership, also mentoring smaller organisations to achieve compliance with NASC criteria.

He went on to discuss the four key objectives of his Presidency, all of which focused on inclusivity:

1. Increase the pre-requisite for NASC membership by main contractors, developers, and national and local government agencies in tender documents.
2. Strike the right balance between the needs of both large and small companies.
3. Create mentoring and training schemes for all categories of staff, old and young. Academically gifted and those not so lucky.
4. Encourage and mentor more women into senior positions both in the NASC and across the industry in general.

Increase the pre-requisite for use of NASC members in tender documents

Mr Moore discussed the wider importance of growing the NASC membership, as this would increase the positive influence which the confederation had over the industry, and assist with promoting and achieving core aims, the most important of which was a safer industry.

He added that he intended to run a specific and targeted marketing campaign during his two year term as NASC president with a view to promoting the use of NASC members only for all projects, large and small.

Strike the right balance between the needs of large and small companies

He continued by speaking about the need to meet the needs of both small and larger member companies, noting that the voice of smaller companies should be heard and their contribution recognised, but cautioning that the importance of larger members to NASC membership should never be under-estimated.

The NASC would be proactive and ensure that it got its message across to all companies, and encourage them to be active within the NASC, noting that the confederation would be improving its communications and marketing with a view to raising the profile of the NASC.

Mr Moore stressed the importance of the NASC to the industry, noting that it was a true industry trade body with a rigorous audit process, and high standards for entry and retention of membership. The confederation had a proud record of improved accident statistics over very many years, which had helped to save lives and livelihoods.

The organisation would continue to evolve and would aim to help companies to get better at what they already did by being more responsive to the needs of members and communicating clearly and vigorously on all fronts.

Create mentoring and training schemes for all categories of staff

Mr Moore then went on to discuss his next objective, outlining his own personal journey within the industry and noting that his lack of personal qualifications had not prevented him from progressing to the role of CEO of the TRAD Group of companies.

Trad Group had a combined turnover of more than £100 million and employed over one thousand people, and was a key subsidiary of the worldwide privately-owned Altrad Group, whose owner and president Mohed Altrad would be presenting the NASC 2017 Scaffolding Project of the Year Award following his speech at the NASC Annual Ball in the evening.

He urged all present to encourage staff and operatives who had few or no academic qualifications to remain in the industry and pass on their knowledge and experience, and provide mentors to help them progress into support functions and management roles within their companies.

He stressed the importance of encouraging more young people to enter the industry and represent their companies on NASC committees, noting that greater diversity brought with it new ideas, knowledge and fresh perspectives. This was vitally important given the current CITB re-structuring exercise and the recent decision to outsource all training courses by the latter part of next year.

He commended the CITB ‘Construction Ambassador’ scheme (of which he was a member) and urged those present to consider joining.

He then touched on the ongoing ‘Mind Matters’ campaign in the construction press, noting that the mental and emotional health of the construction industry workforce could not be ignored, not least because it accounted for a third of the industry’s absences.

He personally had suffered a full breakdown earlier in his career and he was indebted to his wife Debbie for the support she had given him. He had learned valuable lessons from this experience and he urged everyone in the industry to assist in whatever way they could to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Encourage and mentor more women into senior positions in the NASC and the industry in general

In conclusion Mr Moore commented on his objective to encourage more women to pursue careers in the scaffolding sector, and particularly to participate on the various NASC standing committees. He noted that at TRAD women had been encouraged and mentored and had gone on to excel in senior positions such as surveying and estimating, supervision and contracts management, and were now represented at board level.

In connection with the above Mr Moore then congratulated Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd and Chair of the NASC South West and South Wales region, on her appointment to the role of Vice President at the NASC AGM. This was a significant step forward in a predominantly male organisation, and he hoped that it would trigger greater involvement by women on the many and various NASC standing committees and working groups.

Guest speaker Baroness Karren Brady CBE

Mr Moore then introduced Baroness Karren Brady CBE as the guest speaker at the AGM, noting that she had done much to champion women’s interests in business generally.
Baroness Brady outlined her own journey in the male-dominated world of football, stressing the importance of having a strong work ethic and determination.


She discussed the challenges faced by organisations looking to attract skilled young people into their businesses (and retain them) and offered some pointers which might assist members in achieving this.

NASC 2017 Apprentice of the Year Award and NASC 2017 Biennial Health and Safety Award

Baroness Brady concluded her presentation by answering questions from the floor, and went on to present (appropriately) the NASC 2017 Apprentice of the Year Award, won by Aidan Waldron of Connect Scaffolding Ltd.

She then presented the NASC 2017 Health & Safety Awards, which were won by Malvern Scaffolding Ltd (1-66 employees) and Actavo (UK) Ltd (67+ employees) respectively.

Mr Moore thanked Baroness Brady for her inspiring presentation and urged those present to read her book ‘Strong Woman’, copies of which were available for delegates to take away with them following the AGM.

He commented that the confederation was extremely fortunate to have two inspirational speakers across both NASC events (AGM and Ball) noting that Mohed Altrad would be speaking about his own personal journey at the Ball in the evening, and that copies of his book ‘Badawi’ were also available for delegates to take away with them following the AGM.

He thanked his wife Debbie for her support throughout his career in the industry, and ended his speech by reiterating the need for members to recognise the abilities of the people in their businesses and give them the opportunities they deserved.

In conclusion he thanked all those who worked so hard on the various NASC standing committees and Council, and thanked the NASC staff for their tireless efforts and support.

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Baroness Karren Brady & Dr Mohed Altrad Added to Speaker Lineup at NASC AGM & Ball

Baroness Karren Brady & Dr Mohed Altrad Added to Speaker Lineup at NASC AGM & Ball

We are delighted to announce two special guest speakers at the Annual General Meeting and Ball this year.

Baroness Karren Brady, CBE is a well-known business woman, and now TV personality and columnist. Having built her career in the male dominated world of football, Karren is a champion for women in business, skills and diversity.

Her appearance at the AGM hints at the NASC’s key objectives under the new president, Des Moore’s tenure. Like the wider construction industry, the scaffolding sector has a poor record in attracting women into both on an off site roles, and also faces challenges in attracting and retaining skilled young people.

The evening event will also feature Dr Mohed Altrad, the Syrian-born French entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of the Altrad Group.

Dr Altrad has faced many of the challenges and opportunities that the business owners in the NASC community frequently contend with. As a successful entrepreneur who has made a considerable investment in UK construction businesses, his appearance reflects the NASC’s commitment to helping its members of all sizes grow their businesses.

The awards will be presented across both the AGM and Ball. Baroness Brady, who is currently appearing in the BBC One Series The Apprentice, will present the NASC’s Apprentice of the Year Award, while Dr Altrad will present the new Project of the Year Award.

Incoming NASC President and CEO of TRAD Group, Des Moore stated:

“We are thrilled to host Karren Brady CBE and Dr Mohed Altrad at this year’s AGM and Ball. These speakers were selected to join us as their own stories resonate with the objectives of our trade body and with the journeys of many of our membership. We hope by sharing their collective wisdom it will challenge us all to make the most of our own lives, talents and businesses”.

Registration is open for members of the NASC to attend the Annual General Meeting.

This year promises to be a great event with guest speakers and new awards to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our members. However, the Annual Ball sold out in record time so a waiting list is in place for any members wishing to purchase tickets.