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CISRS Smart Cards – Information for Applicants

CISRS Smart Cards – Information for Applicants

As of Monday 2 December 2019 CISRS card provision will be taken over by NOCN Job Cards. All CISRS operators who apply for a card from this day on will receive a new digital ‘Smart’ card.

The Smart cards work through NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and by tapping the Smart card on any NFC enabled device – most modern mobile phones and tablets – the cardholder’s name, photo, courses and endorsements will appear.

A CISRS NFC Technology User Guide will be made available in the next few days and will be downloadable from the CISRS website. NOCN Job Cards are currently working on the next stage of Smart cards to allow for additional features to be introduced such as card renewal notifications.

This change will not affect most card applicants as the vast majority of CISRS cards are now applied for by CISRS Training Centres. However, here is some important Information for any individuals applying for CISRS Cards over the coming weeks:

  • The cost of the new CISRS card will be £30 (vat exempt), whilst this a small increase on the current card cost, it will still be lower than the industry average.
  • The last CISRS Card Applications accepted by CITB will be 27.11.19. Any applications received by CITB after this date will be passed to NOCN Job Cards, who will notify the applicant that a payment of £30 will be required to process the application (original payment will not be taken).
  • New CISRS card application forms will be available on the NOCN Job Card website from 02.12.19.
  • Cheques and Postal Orders will not be accepted for new CISRS cards. Credit/Debit card payments can be made through the CISRS Helpline on 0844 8157223. BACS payments will also be accepted if you have an NOCN Job Cards account.
  • From 02.12.19 enquiries regarding CISRS card applications can be made at or via the CISRS Helpline on 0844 8157223. For information the Helpline will be closed when the staff move over on 28-29th November, closed for staff training on 5-6th December and also over the Christmas period from midday 24th December to 2nd January 2020.
  • NOCN Job Cards are working on a two-stage introduction programme with online applications being available in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Due to the staff relocation from CITB to NOCN, induction training coupled with the usual  Christmas shut down period, CISRS Smart cards will not be issued in December.

We would ask that a little leniency is shown towards operatives waiting for a card to be received in this period. CISRS will be happy to confirm that applications have been received and are being processed for individuals either through the CISRS Helpline on 0844 8157223 or at or

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CISRS Expands Into Caribbean

CISRS Expands Into Caribbean

CISRS training is now available in the Caribbean thanks to a new partnership between Scaffolding Manufacturers Trinidad LTD (SMTL) and Simian Skill.

Level 1, Level 2, Basic Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor courses will soon be available at STML’s purpose-built training centre in Point Lisas, Trinidad, following a successful CISRS Overseas Scaffolders Training Scheme (OSTS) audit earlier this month.

Philip Archie, Managing Director at SMTL, said: “As we continue making mammoth strides, we are proud to announce this partnership with Simian Skill, through which we can offer CISRS scaffold training in Trinidad, setting the pace for the transformation of the scaffolding industry in the Americas.”

Ian Fyall, Managing Partner at Simian Skill, said: “We are pleased to open our ninth overseas CISRS partner centre, this time with SMTL, one of the most established scaffold companies in Trinidad. This goes to show the CISRS scheme has no boundaries with Simian having centres in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and now the Americas.

“This centre is finished to a very high standard, with excellent space for training delivery and first rate practical and classroom areas. All scaffolding materials, PPE etc are brand new and meet the required BS/EN standards. We cannot wait to get the training underway.”

Whilst in Trinidad, David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, and Ian Fyall were invited to give a presentation on the CISRS scheme to the health and safety department of Atlantic LNG, one of the world’s largest producers of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) with an established reputation as a safe and reliable operator.

The pair were also invited to take part in one of the twice daily health and safety site walk rounds with the health and safety department and contractors, which aim to highlight not only any potential issues which could occur but recognise and praise the safe practices of those working on the site.

David Mosley said: “We would like to thank Atlantic LNG for inviting us to the site at Port Fortin, these sorts of visits are invaluable for gaining an insight to Scaffolding practices in a region. Congratulations to SMTL and Simian. They have done a great job with the centre.

“We hope both clients and contractors will support them with their aim to establish recognised scaffold training qualifications in the Caribbean and wish them every success for the future.”

SMTL is one of the largest scaffolding companies in the Caribbean, with more than 45 years of service in the industry.  SMTL continues to strive for excellence by providing every customer and stakeholder with the highest quality of service and putting safety first at all times.

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NASC Launches Yearbook 2020

NASC Launches 2020 Yearbook

The NASC has launched its 2020 Yearbook – showcasing more confederation news and updates than ever before.

The Yearbook features a round-up of NASC standing committee outputs, more than 30 pages of NASC Awards submissions and a comprehensive listing of full contracting NASC members.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to launch the NASC Yearbook, which is this year more keenly targeted at key decision makers in the construction supply chain, with editorial focused on raising awareness and understanding of what the NASC does, examples of the expertise and innovation shown by our members and why all this matters to the wider construction industry.

“I’d like to thank all those members that submitted copy for inclusion – showcased on the Project of the Year pages – and also those that took advertising spaces.”

In addition to the 96 page printed version, an e-reader version of the NASC 2020 Yearbook is available to view here and via the NASC website About page.

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NASC Signs Armed Forces Covenant

NASC Signs Armed Forces Covenant

The NASC has further strengthened its connection with the military by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

By signing the Covenant, the NASC has made a formal commitment to promote career and training opportunities in the scaffolding industry to ex-military personnel.

This cements an existing NASC objective to engage more regularly with the Armed Forces and the creation of a £150,000 funding pot dedicated to the training of ex-services personnel.

NASC Vice President Lynn Way said: “We are proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, making our commitment to encouraging Armed Forces personnel into taking up roles within the scaffolding industry official.

“In the past year we have begun promoting the variety of highly-skilled, well-paid and rewarding careers available in our industry to the Armed Forces community and have outlined plans to increase these efforts in the coming years.

“We recognise the skill sets of ex-servicemen and women, which is why we’ve created a funding pot to provide an extra incentive to consider a career in scaffolding. We believe this pot will help them transition as seamlessly as possible from the Forces to the scaffolding industry, providing many individuals with a long-term career and the UK scaffolding industry with the workforce it needs to continue to thrive.”

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Triple Innovation Shortlist Success for Layher Ltd

Triple Innovation Shortlist Success for Layher Ltd

Layher Ltd has been shortlisted three times in the NASC Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year category. Cape Industrial Services Ltd has also been named as a finalist.

The winner will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Friday 22 November.

Here’s a round of all of this year’s Innovation of the Year entries:


The Innovation of the Year category entries demonstrate NASC members’ commitment to developing new product and processes, developing a range of solutions that increase safety and efficiencies.

Cape Industrial Services Ltd’s Altrad VR training programme takes operatives on a 360-degree virtual reality journey starting on the way to work right through to being sat in an inquest relating to the death of a colleague.

Having high emotional impact, the learning sessions are designed to target behaviours, specifically the choices made by an employee throughout a working day.

The sessions last no more than 40 minutes and up to 20 employees can attend each session meaning upwards of 150 people can be trained in any one day. To date, sessions have been delivered on offshore assets, nuclear power stations, petrochemicals sites, refineries and construction sites.

The ability to train large numbers of delegates at the work place in a “real world” experience has reduced time away from the job for employees and made training both real and fun.

PERI Ltd’s PERI UP Traveller was developed to enable key operations such as waterproofing, to take place in new underground tunnels at Bank Station as part of the Northern Line extension.

It provides a safe and secure working platform that is flexible enough to move from a larger tunnel section to a smaller section with ease, and then finally back into a larger section without dismantling the whole unit.

The traveller is formed by mounting the PERI UP system on to castors to form a mobile scaffolding solution. This enabled easy repositioning and increased productivity on a time-sensitive project.

The solution was designed with cantilevered platforms on either side to accommodate the circular geometry of the tunnel and allow waterproofing and concrete spraying to commence.

Layher Ltd submitted three innovative entries to this year’s awards; their new FlexBeam, Scaffold Information Modelling (SIM) and Steel Deck solutions.

Suspended, cantilevered and gantry scaffold construction has been simplified and enhanced with the introduction of the Layher FlexBeam design.

Providing 40% higher bending load capacity – when compared to the company’s established Lattice Beam 450 – and yet without the need for compression chord bracing the design also enables lower construction heights to be achieved and increases the range of locations that can benefit.

The Layher SIM tool has been developed to enhance scaffold design operations by providing a new and highly effective visualisation capability, and operates via two versions, LayPLAN Classic for estimators and support staff and LayPLAN CAD for full use by designers/engineers, planners and CAD operatives.

Layher lightweight Steel Deck (pictured above) is capable of meeting load class 6 requirements whilst providing a 10% saving on weight against comparable Layher decking. It is available with a choice of lengths and is readily connected to other Layher systems.

TRAD Safety Systems Ltd’s TRAD Loading Hatch offers safe access and materials handling within the housebuilding industry.

The hatch was developed to promote, safe access and loading between different floor levels, without the need to carry materials via an external scaffold.

It is designed to recess into the building plot floors and can be secured in place with timber screws.

All hatches also have bespoke holes cut in the frames, enabling users to safely lash any access ladder in place for added security and safety.

Turner Access Ltd’s range of Airsteps Ocean Plastic Scaffolding Products have been developed to enable scaffolding contractors a way of cutting down on their use of plastics.

Products now on sale include fall protection shields, made primarily from plastic retrieved from the ocean and safety clips, used to lock beams and frames together, also made from ocean plastic or composite material.

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Four in the Running for Apprentice of the Year title

Four in the Running for Apprentice of the Year title

The NASC continues to recognise the efforts and achievements of the next generation of scaffolding industry employees through its annual NASC Awards, this year sponsored by TRAD Hire & Sales.

The NASC was delighted to receive eight entries for the 2019 Apprentice of the Year category, sponsored by CISRS. Judges have shortlisted four submissions.

Among those vying for the title are the first non-technical apprentice submission; Stephanie Betts of TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd.

Stephanie is part-way through a five-year Management Trainee programme to become a Contracts Manager.

Described by TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd as an all-rounder, Stephanie has shown she is able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines, is well organised and capable of prioritising and juggling several tasks at once when required.

In terms of scaffolding operatives, the standard of submissions was incredibly high.

Edward Oldridge joined High Peak Scaffolding Ltd as a scaffolding apprentice after realising that the college course he was enrolled on wasn’t right for him.

He has natural ability and understanding of the role and its requirements but it is his calm, understated and committed approach to work and his outstanding work ethic that sets him apart.

He is always willing to learn and always willing to share his developing knowledge with others in a helpful and constructive way.

Jordan Walsh (main picture above), of Crossway Scaffolding (Elland) Limited, has a fantastic attitude to work, something that came in a short period of time.

When he joined Crossway he was described as quiet and uncooperative but is now seen as engaged, respectful to his peers and keen to learn the scaffolding trade.

Jordan now has a passion to learn more and is a key team member who is willing to go that extra mile for himself and his colleagues, regularly offering to work overtime, nights and weekends when the need arises.

The last finalist is Joshua Britton of Connect Scaffolding Ltd. Joshua joined Connect in February 2019 after leaving the Armed Forces.

The Connect team has been really impressed with his willingness to learn, attitude to work and receptiveness to take on board any advice given. He is a fast learner and takes care to listen and learn from more advanced scaffolders in the team. His Supervisors have all commented that his attitude and positivity towards work, make him a pleasure to work with.

The NASC Apprentice of the Year 2019 will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards 2019. For more information on the Awards click here.

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Scaffolding Careers to be Showcased at Open Day

Scaffolding Careers to be Showcased at Open Day

The NASC and HAKI Ltd are co-hosting a careers open day to showcase the range of roles in the scaffolding industry available to workers of all ages and abilities.

The careers event will be held at HAKI Ltd’s dedicated training centre in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 15 October and forms part of the NASC’S wider drive to attract more recruits into the industry.

It is aimed at those who are interested in pursuing a career as a scaffolding operative as well as those looking to learn more about other positions, including scaffolding designers, estimators, H&S professionals, scaffold inspectors and many more.

Visitors will be able to get to grips with HAKI’s system scaffolding and test their structural skills with hands on K’NEX challenges.

Speakers include Lester Brown, Global Technician at HAKI Ltd, Priscila Escobar, Mechanical Design Engineer at HAKI Ltd, Ben Ramsey, Contracts Director at Q.F.S Scaffolding Ltd, and Henry Annafi, NASC Training Officer. Attendees will include students from the Bedford College Group, under direction of David Wilkins, Director of Construction & Building Services.

Henry Annafi said: “We’re passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the varied highly-skilled and well-paid careers on offer in the scaffolding industry. This starts with scaffolding operatives – who can learn a trade, earn good money, work overseas and quickly rise through the ranks – but by no means ends there.

“There are fantastic careers available in fields such as scaffold design, contracts and procurement, health and safety and scaffold inspection. These diverse roles are open to all takers; men and women, school leavers to graduates, those looking for their first job to experienced workers looking for a career change.

“We’d encourage anyone looking for a new job to give scaffolding a try.”

Paula Hubbard, Global Training Manager at HAKI Ltd added: “HAKI’s technical team, led by Lester Brown at our training centre in Milton Keynes, are excited to be supporting the NASC in raising awareness of the opportunities that the scaffolding sector has to offer and provide the attendees with a real life snapshot of the options open to those on their future construction career.”

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CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS Cards to go Smart

CISRS cards are being brought into the 21st Century thanks to a new partnership between CISRS and NOCN Job Cards.

By the end of the year, those making CISRS applications will receive both a plastic card and a virtual card, which they can access via any smart phone or device.

By tapping their card on their phone, cardholders can see all their details; photo, qualifications and courses taken. This App is secure and can be kept on the phone so the individual has proof of their card at all times.

It will also notify cardholders of renewal notifications to simplify the renewal process. A virtual ‘Card Wallet’ will allow multiple cards to be stored on a single device, allowing contractors to easily collate their operatives’ details and access them as required.

The cost of making an application for a new dual physical/virtual card will be £30, a slight increase on the current card cost but still much lower than the industry average.

It is hoped that card application processing times will be shortened and instances of card fraud significantly reduced through the new partnership.

CISRS contracted NOCN Job Cards to provide card scheme administration services following CITB withdrawing from this role as part of its Vision 2020 programme.

All three parties will be working very closely together over the next few months to ensure everything will be in place to roll the new card scheme out before the year end.

NOCN will work with CISRS training providers to assist them in the new online application process.

David Mosley, CISRS Managing Director, said: “We have been talking about smart technology for several years. With the forced change in service provider it seemed to be the right time to bring the scheme up to date.

“We believe the new cards will add value to operatives, scaffolding contractors and end users.

“We are confident of achieving a smooth transition from CITB to NOCN Job Cards as we have been working closely with these parties over the last year and several of the staff currently working on CISRS administration at CITB are to be transferred to NOCN, so their knowledge and experience will not be lost.”

Mark Buckton, Executive Director for Job Cards & Services at NOCN Job Cards, said: “We are delighted to be working with CISRS to provide the card scheme for the scaffolding sector. The new cards will provide a number of benefits to operatives in terms of the speed and ease in which we will be able to offer them cards.

“It also helps to reduce card fraud in the industry as we will be able to rely on our own data for card applications instead of using paper certificates. We look forward to working with the scaffolding training centres, scaffolding employers and CISRS.”

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks.

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Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Bristol next month.

The half-day event will cover a broad range of temporary works topics, with a particular focus on scaffolding, and is aimed at both contractors and clients.

Speakers include Ashley Daniels, Head of Lifting & Temporary Works at Hinkley Point C, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS (developers of the TG20 eGuide) and David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to our second Temporary Works Seminar, following a successful and well-attended event in Birmingham earlier this year.

“The Bristol seminar will see our speakers discuss temporary works topics including the management of the Hinkley Point C project, ongoing efforts to improve and update the NASC’s TG20 eGuide and the revised BS5975 code of practice.

“Through this event we’ll be able to bring a diverse group of people with an interest in temporary works together and explore ways in which we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.

“We hope scaffolding contractors and anyone involved in the procurement and management of scaffolding contractors will join us in Bristol for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works Seminar will take place at the Paintworks on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

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Scaffolding Training Update

Scaffolding Training Update

CITB has underscored its commitment to ensuring that the construction sector maintains access to a good supply of skilled scaffolders in the wake of the transfer of its training establishment to alternative training providers, as part of its reform programme, Vision 2020.

Graham McPhail, CITB Head of Education and Training, said: “CITB has been working with the training sector to secure alternative scaffolding training providers for the National Construction College.

“We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity of scaffolding training while we negotiate agreements that will be for the good of the wider construction industry. We have been working closely with CISRS to provide reassurance that no scaffolding training capacity or quality will be lost in delivering this commitment as part of our reform programme.”

David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Both NASC and CISRS have been working closely with CITB over the last 12 months to ensure the scaffolding provision at NCC continues as normal.  We would like to reassure the Scaffolding sector that CITB has made a commitment to us – and the wider industry – that no training capacity or quality would be lost as a result of their Vision 2020 programme and we are certain that remains the case

“It is essential to ensure the existing high standards are maintained throughout and training courses continue to be available until the alternative provision has been established.”