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NASC President ‘Inspires’ at CN Equality Event

NASC President ‘Inspires’ at CN Equality Event

NASC President and TRAD Group CEO Des Moore spoke of ways to increase the number of women holding senior roles in the construction industry at the latest CN Inspire Me workshop.

Mr Moore was one of four panellists at the Construction News roadshow, held in Manchester on Wednesday 13 June.

The CN Inspire Me campaign – officially supported by the NASC and TRAD Group – will see four workshops held across the country during 2018 to discuss how to help women advance their careers and remove the career barriers they currently face. A similar event will be held in Birmingham followed by a half-day workshop at the 2018 CN Summit.

Des said: “It was a privilege to speak at the CN Inspire Me workshop as promoting the role of women in our industry is one of the key objectives of my NASC Presidency. Women are sorely under-represented across the construction sector and particularly within scaffolding.

“This needs to change. Not simply for fairness, but because it makes good business sense. Women bring different skills, perspectives and ideas to the table, all of which give companies a competitive advantage.

“It was great to discuss ways in which we can encourage more women to take up positions in the construction sector and ensure more is done to create clear career paths without any barriers to progression.”

NASC delegates at the Manchester event included David Mosley, NASC Director of Training & CISRS Manager, and representatives from three NASC full contracting member companies; Sarah Klieve, Business Director at High Peak Scaffolding Ltd, Wayne Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly Scaffolding Ltd and NASC Northern regional chair, and Vicky Welch, Contracts Manager at James Ingleford Scaffolding Ltd.

Mrs Klieve said: “It was great to participate in such an interesting and inclusive event, to share and learn from each other’s experiences and discuss ways in which we can continue to open up more opportunities for women in the construction sector as well as promoting construction as a positive career choice for both men and women.”

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NASC Contractual Guidance Notes Updated and Extended

NASC Contractual Guidance Notes Updated and Extended

Eight contractual guidance notes have been updated and amended as part of the NASC’s ongoing efforts to ensure all reference materials remain up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.

The documents, which cover a wide range of topics including pavement licences, pre-tender information and employment contracts, were reviewed and amended by the NASC Contracts Committee.

They are all available for purchase via the NASC online shop.

A new guidance note – CG23:18 Training Costs Agreements – has also been published and added to the online shop.

This document identifies a number of important factors scaffolding contractors should consider when seeking to reclaim any part of the cost of work-related training incurred when an employee leaves the company.

David Brown, Chair of the NASC Contracts Committee, said: “These documents provide scaffolding contractors with vital contractual guidance across a broad range of topics.

“The guidance is intended to make complex issues and requirements easier to understand and action, helping contractors to ensure they have appropriate contracts in place with clients and suppliers.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “We are pleased to have updated a significant portion of the NASC contractual guidance library. The confederation looks to review all published materials every five years, bringing them up to date with legislation and the evolving requirement of scaffolding contractors as required.

“As part of this objective, the Contracts Committee will be meeting to review a number of further contractual guidance documents later this year as well as Q1 2019.”

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Claim your CISRS CPD cashback

Claim your CISRS CPD cashback

Have any of your operatives completed the CISRS CPD training course? If so, you can claim £125 cashback per employee by filling out a simple online form.

The NASC member cashback payments are drawn from a £50,000 funding pot created by the NASC to subsidise the cost associated with the CPD requirement.

To be eligible for a £125 payment, your employee must have completed the CISRS CPD two-day course and hold a current valid CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced card. NASC members can currently claim payments for up to 10 operatives.

To complete the online application form you will need the name of the operative and their CISRS card number.

A total of 400 cashback payments are available via the £50,000 funding pot.

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NASC Represents the UK at European Scaffolding Summit

NASC Represents the UK at European Scaffolding Summit

The NASC represented the UK scaffolding industry at a European scaffolding summit held in Germany earlier this month.

Members of the NASC team flew to Cologne for a panel discussion event organised by the UEG (Union Europaischer Gerustbaubetriebe) in conjunction with SBS (Small Business Standards).

The UEG is the umbrella trade body for national scaffolding organisations in Europe. NASC is the UK scaffolding industry representative and is a founder member of UEG. SBS was established with the support of the European Commission to represent European SMEs in the standard making process at European and international levels.

The event was split into two discussion groups; the first focussed on a review of standards in CEN TC 53 and the second exploring the exchange of scaffolding trainees via the ‘Erasmus Plus’ programme.

A UEG working group meeting was also held to progress the development of a common risk assessment standard. This document will be published by UEG in due course and will supplement the UEG practical guideline for the supply/provision and use of working and protective scaffolds published by UEG in 2016.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The panel discussion event demonstrated why UEG is the principal forum for the discussion of scaffolding matters in Europe. The group is attracting funding support from SBS for events such as the panel discussion programme, which was attended by delegates from all over Europe.

“A number of national scaffolding organisations across Europe are looking to join UEG. Associate membership is also strong, with supplier organisations from all over Europe looking to be part of a body which represents the European scaffolding industry.”

The first discussion was preceded by introductory remarks from Martine Angele (UEG President), Christel Davidson (SBS Director), Dagmara Chodzicka-Merken (EU Legal & Policy Officer) and introduced by Christoph-Ludwig Bugler (UEG/SBS Expert).

The panel for this particular topic was comprised of representatives from national organisations in Germany, Norway, France and Sweden. Following the event, delegates were urged to take the discussion back to their national mirror committees, as decisions at CEN meetings affect all those who are engaged in the scaffolding industry in Europe.

It was clear from the discussion that the UEG has an increasingly important role to play in terms of facilitating debate and discussion about standards in CEN TC 53.

The second discussion saw examples of scaffolding trainees being given the opportunity to undertake exchange training in other European countries provided. Informal exchange agreements are currently in place between Norway and Germany, also Switzerland and Germany, and it was hoped that this practice would continue to grow as it benefits trainee scaffolders.

The UK was clearly in demand as a venue for exchange training. The discussion was introduced by Dr Christian Sperle of ZDH (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks) who lamented the imminent departure of UK from the EU during the course of his presentation.

The panel for this discussion was comprised of representatives from Germany, Norway and UK, with David Mosley, NASC Director of Training & CISRS Manager (pictured above, centre), speaking eloquently about scaffolding training in the UK, assisted by simultaneous translation.

The convenor of the second panel discussion was Birgid Becker (Deutschlandfunk) who chaired the event with great skill.

Delegates from a number of European organisations were able to enjoy some local hospitality over networking upon conclusion of the panel discussion event.

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Updated Scaffolding Contract Launched

Updated Scaffolding Contract Launched

Further to recent review, the CIP Scaffolding Contract has been updated for reissue by Construction Industry Publications (CIP) in June 2018.

The document was originally developed by the NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) in conjunction with the CLG (Contractors Legal Group), which is the umbrella group for main contractors, and was first published by CIP in 2014.

It is set out as a form of contract for the erection, hire and dismantling of scaffolding, and is considered appropriate for use by CLG members and also by members of the National Federation of Builders and the Scottish Building Federation.

The 2018 version includes amended Schedules of Rates tables taken from the NASC’s recently updated guidance note CG11:17 Preparation of Schedules of Rates, and the opportunity has also been taken to update references to iconic NASC publications such as TG20 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding.

The contract is gaining traction with contractors in the construction industry who are increasingly recognising it as a default document when agreeing terms and conditions with scaffolding contractors.

David Brown, NASC Contracts Committee Chair and Commercial Director of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd, said: “The Scaffolding Contract allows both parties to manage the Scaffolding Works in a proactive and collaborative manner. The Contract is set out to ensure that there is clarity for all as to what is and what is not included within the Scaffolding Works package.

“We believe the Scaffolding Contract represents both parties fairly and can be easily adopted within the construction industry.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “It’s pleasing to note that the work of the NASC Contracts Committee is finding its way into standard forms of contract. This small but dedicated group of member representatives brings considerable expertise to reviews of contractual guidance, also the development of new guidance.

“Nothing stands still in construction and scaffolding contractors need to remain alert to changes in contractual matters if they are to remain competitive.”

To view the 2018 Scaffolding Contract click here. NASC members can purchase the Contract for a discounted price of £20 + VAT by entering the promotional code NASC.

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Students Give Scaffolding a Try

Students Give Scaffolding a Try

More than 300 teenagers were given a hands-on introduction to scaffolding at a construction industry taster day.

The Give Construction a Try event saw youngsters from more than 25 schools across West Yorkshire descend on the South Leeds Stadium for a careers day with a difference.

More than 30 exhibitors set up stall at the stadium, giving the pupils the chance to get to grips with a wide range of construction industry professions.

CISRS approved Training Provider Generation Altrad and NASC member Complete Access Scaffolding Ltd represented the scaffolding industry at the event – with the former using K’Nex models to let the young delegates build model scaffolds and the latter letting the teenagers try their hand with the real thing with on a pre-erected scaffold tower situated outside the main exhibition hall.

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, who also attended the event, said: “It was great to see so many youngsters get involved with scaffolding. Days like this are vital in promoting the various opportunities that are available to young people within the UK construction industry.

“Unless they have friends or relatives working within scaffolding, it can be over looked as a career choice for young people. We want to highlight the fantastic opportunities it can offer not only as a qualified tradesman, but also through roles in site supervision, health and safety, scaffold inspection, design, estimating, training and ultimately management.”

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NASC Breakfast Briefing Serves Up Benefits of Greater Collaboration

NASC Breakfast Briefing Serves Up Benefits of Greater Collaboration

Representatives from more than 30 principal contractors attended the NASC’s inaugural Future of Safe Scaffolding breakfast briefing.

The event provided delegates with a greater understanding of the NASC, its makeup, objectives and processes, and the various benefits gained through greater collaboration between specifiers and NASC full contractor members.

The London / SE region event was chaired by Lee Rowswell, NASC London / SE Regional Chair, who opened the breakfast briefing and introduced speakers Des Moore, CEO of the TRAD Group and NASC President, Robin James, NASC Managing Director, Bob Whincap, former Chair of the Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation, and motivational safety speaker Dylan Skelhorn.

The presentations were followed by a constructive Q&A session, during which delegates asked the panel a number of questions across a broad range of issues including operative training, the NASC member audit procedure and on-site safety.

Attendees also shared their procurement objectives and challenges and recounted their first-hand experiences of utilising the services of NASC and non-NASC members, and the differences between them.

Des Moore, CEO of the TRAD Group and NASC President, said: “This event gave us the opportunity to talk directly with procurement and health and safety professionals from a wide range of principal contractors.

“It was fantastic to be able to share what the NASC is doing to further improve working practices across the scaffolding industry with delegates and also learn what challenges they face.

“It was clear from the feedback during the Q&A session there is a lot of common ground between principal contractors and the NASC and its members and a strong will to collaborate more closely in the future.

“We look forward to further discussions exploring how the value of the services provided by our members might help these contractors achieve their goals in a safe, effective and efficient manner.”

Stewart Lewis, Senior Health and Safety Manager at Chelsea FC, said: “Many thanks for arranging and delivering a very professional, informative, and enjoyable event. The presentations greatly increased my knowledge of the NASC, its structure, values and membership.”

A second NASC Future of Safe Scaffolding breakfast briefing will be held in Manchester later this year. This event is aimed at health and safety and procurement professionals operating across the north of the UK. To register your interest in attending please email Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, here.