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CISRS Finds First Construction Industry Scaffolder Record Scheme Cardholder

CISRS Finds First Construction Industry Scaffolder Record Scheme Cardholder

Following the recent news that the CISRS scheme has breached the 50,000 cardholders mark, the first scaffolder to be issued with a CISRS card back in 1979 has been in touch – Allan Craigen, Director of NASC member company Heywood Scaffolding Services in Lancashire.

Allan, who worked for a small building company in the North West at the time, was amongst the first cohort of trainees to attend National Construction College East (Bircham Newton) under the new CISRS rules introduced at the end of the 1970s.

Although a scaffolder record scheme has existed since the mid 1960s, formal training attendance had been on a voluntary basis, with the vast majority of cardholders qualifying through industry accreditation (‘grandfather rights’) – learning their trade on the job with their employer, then applying for a card when they felt they had the required amount of experience and skill.

The changes to the CISRS scheme were the beginning of the end for ‘grandfather rights’ within the scaffolding industry, and this route was withdrawn completely in the 1980s, with a requirement for anyone coming into the industry to complete Part 1, Part 2 training etc prior to obtaining their scaffolder card.

Allan completed his Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced training at Bircham Newton under what was known as the CECOL course at the time, which was a forerunner to the current scaffolding apprenticeship route. The National Construction College at Bircham Newton was the first training centre in the UK to offer CISRS scaffolding training, and it remains one of the largest construction colleges in Europe to this day.

Upon successful completion of his training, Allan was issued with his new CISRS card, which had the registration number 100001, a plaque from the college, and a golden scaffold spanner by his employer (unfortunately for Allan this was only sprayed gold, not made of gold!) to commemorate being the first scaffolder to complete the new style course.

As a long time NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) member, Allan is fully aware of the importance of the CISRS scheme and understands the benefits of employing a fully qualified workforce. He remains thankful to his employer at the time for supporting him through his training when a lot of other companies had yet to commit to it.

He said: “I really enjoyed my time at Bircham Newton and it has stood me in good stead over the last 30+ years. I’ve continued to support CISRS training, making sure the lads who work for me at Heywood Scaffolding Services complete their training and assessments and carry the right card. And, looking at my original card from 1979, it’s nice to see I haven’t aged a bit!”

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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Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme Standardisation Programme Reaches First target

Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme Standardisation Programme Reaches First target

The New Year has brought with it an improved, fully revised and standardised CISRS Part 1 training package – which has recently been issued to all CISRS approved training providers.

Course standardisation is the culmination of around nine months work by a working party made up of representatives of the National Construction College (NCC), private training providers (Simian Skills and Safety & Access Ltd), former NASC President Bob Whincap, and the CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, with the support of other instructors from participating CISRS accredited training centres.

The CISRS scheme has been around for over 40 years and is the recognised qualification for all those working within the scaffolding sector. The core scheme programmes Part 1, 2 and Advanced have undergone several transformations over the years – like the withdrawal of Industry Accreditation (“grandfather rights”) and the introduction of NVQ, Health and Safety testing and mandatory skills tests etc.

These improvements to the CISRS scheme – coupled with changes that have been enforced by new Health and Safety guidance or innovation in equipment and work practices – has meant that CISRS has had to evolve over the years in order to stay relevant.

CISRS has always provided accredited centres with scheme criteria, relating to practical facilities, instructor qualifications, and the delivery of their courses (e.g. minimum course requirements, course content, requirement for suitable drawings, risk assessments, method statements etc).

When the scheme was in its infancy, with only National Construction Colleges (CITB) delivering approved courses, it was a relatively simple task to ensure that course delivery and the information imparted to delegates remained standardised across all the centres.

However, as there are now 20 different providers across the UK offering CISRS core scheme training this has become much more difficult to manage – as instructors and centres look to introduce their own interpretation of the delivery requirement for CISRS courses, based upon industry experience.

The CISRS scheme is held in high esteem within the industry. But following the introduction of NASC TG20:13 tube and fitting best practice guidance in February 2014, a call from industry to include mobile aluminium tower training and scaffold inspection modules within the courses, and unanimous support from those attending the inaugural CISRS Instructor Conference in March 2014, CISRS agreed it was time for a radical review which would result in the production of a standardised training package for use by all centres.

The package includes updated paperwork for both the delegate and provider and includes the following: Course programme, session plans, example risk assessment and method statements, practical exercise marking papers, theory test papers, delegate feedback forms, and delegate declaration forms, plus drawings for practical structures, PowerPoints for each session, relevant industry videos, TG20:13 etc. And the electronic files are split into separate days (1-10) with all the required information for each day of the programme contained within.

A brand new full colour, 24-page Practical Scaffolding Module One document has been produced, which will include all the necessary information on scaffolding components, and the basic requirements needed to safely erect and dismantle scaffold structures within the Part 1 syllabus. A copy of this document will be given to each trainee within their trainee folder, which also contains relevant NASC Health & Safety and Technical guidance.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley said: “Following the Instructors Conference in March 2014 everyone agreed that producing standardised course materials was right thing to do. It has taken a little longer than we had anticipated, but we feel that this is a massive step in the right direction for the scheme. CISRS would like to thank all of those on the working party as well as those at participating centres who have put a lot of time and effort into putting this package together.”

Providers have been issued with the training package a few weeks prior to the course going live on Monday 2nd February, in order to have a chance to familiarise themselves with it and spot any typos, errors etc. The feedback to date has been positive – although it has not been without some degree of controversy, as the extended programme means that both delegates and Instructors will now be required to stay at their centres later on Friday afternoons when completing CISRS courses.

The CISRS working party are looking to start work on Part 2 next month. The introduction of the new courses will be the major topic for discussion at this year’s CISRS Instructor conference which will be held at NCC East in March 2015.

For further details about CISRS training courses, changes to training 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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Principal Contractors Selecting NASC Member Companies

Principal Contractors Selecting NASC Member Companies

Principal contractors are increasingly stipulating only NASC Member companies to carry out their scaffolding and access contracts on construction sites across the UK.

In two out of their three regions in the UK, major UK contractor Wates Living Space are specifying the use of NASC member companies only for their access and scaffolding requirements.

This trend is being reflected across the the UK by most principal contractors and major construction companies – to guarantee that scaffolding best practice is being adopted on their sites. And many of these large construction brands are also joining the NASC as information members, including Wates Living Space.

The Wates Living Space Regional Director behind this decision is Regional Operations Director, Tom Langley, who says: “Wates Living Space are delighted to become information members of the NASC – as the national body for setting scaffolding industry standards in the UK.

“We see membership of the NASC as a vital part of our commitment to zero harm both to our workforce, to our supply chain partners, and to the communities in which we serve. It will support our approach to training for continuous high standards of scaffolding best practice.”

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Martin Glover – Wates Living Space National SHE Manager and Tom Langley with NASC President Kevin Ward (centre)

NASC President (and Chairman of Scaffold Erection Services Ltd), Kevin Ward said: “I am delighted that when it comes to potentially hazardous access and scaffolding activities, Wates Living Space have identified that the surest way to provide a safe working environment for all affected parties on their sites (where industry specific best practice will be the norm) is to join the ever expanding list of blue chip organisations that stipulate the use of NASC regulated scaffolding companies only on their sites across the UK.

“It is my hope that this decision by Wates Living Space may also act as a catalyst for other like-minded organisations to follow suit, whilst also encouraging scaffolding contractors who are not members of the NASC to up their game, accept working to established best practice and regulation as a positive for their business, and apply for membership of the NASC – the national trade body for the access and scaffolding industry.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James, added: “We are seeing more and more principal contractors across the UK specifying NASC members only for their scaffolding and access requirements. This is no surprise to us, as our members are strictly audited to make sure they comply with the very latest in NASC safety and technical guidance – which represents best practice for the scaffolding industry as a whole.”

For details about becoming an NASC full member or information member with the scaffolding industry trade body – the NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) – and to find out more about TG20:13 and other technical and safety guidance, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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2014 NASC Apprentice of the Year Award Presented

2014 NASC Apprentice of the Year Award Presented

The inaugural NASC Apprentice of the Year Award winner – Josh Kerwin of Kaefer C&D Ltd – was presented with his trophy, certificate and £500 cash prize this week by NASC Training Director, Dave Mosley and Diane Wood, award scheme judge and Specialist Account Co-ordinator for CITB (Construction Industry Training Board).

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Diane Wood and David Mosley with Apprentice of the Year winner Josh Kerwin

The presentation took place at the offices of his employer KAEFER C&D Ltd in Mansfield, who also received a trophy and £500 to be spent on CISRS training with an approved provider,

Josh said: “I’m very pleased to win this new award from the NASC and am very grateful to KAEFER for supporting me through the scaffolding apprentice programme. It’s been an incredibly positive experience and I would recommend the Scaffolding apprenticeship route to anyone looking to get qualified within the scaffolding sector. The facilities at the Bircham Newton training centre were very good, I enjoyed the course and the instructors were excellent.

“It was really interesting to meet up with other lads on the course from all over the country with different levels of scaffolding experience. Everyone got on well and the instructors would ask more experienced lads to work with those who were finding it harder going.

“I have enjoyed my training experience so far and have also volunteered to attend additional training on behavioral issues in order to boost my skillset and career prospects. I’m now looking forward to getting more on site experience and  progressing to advanced scaffolder training when the company feels I am ready.”

Richard Llewellyn, Midlands Area Operations Manager added: “Two years ago, KAEFER C&D decided to go down the apprenticeship route, as we became aware we had an ageing workforce and wanted to bring in some new blood. We could not be more pleased with the results, with young lads like Josh Kerwin far exceeding our expectations. As a result of the success of the apprenticeship scheme to date we have taken on a further 15 new apprenticeships across the UK.

“When it comes to training we have adopted a “dads and lads’  approach within our organisation taking on sons, younger relatives and siblings of existing employees – which has proved to be very successful  so far with 100% course completion and employee retention after training. The whole scaffolder’s apprenticeship process has been very positive for us.”

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, show a willingness to learn, and develop skills and go above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification.

Award scheme judge Diane Wood 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. She 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 he has also 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 both Josh and Kaefer C&D on their achievement.  The Scaffolding sector is not always given the credit it deserves for the level of commitment that is required on the parts of both the apprentice and their employer to complete the CISRS scaffolding training programme.

“It was a real pleasure to meet Josh and present him with the first ever NASC Scaffolding Apprentice of the Year award. He is a very pleasant and approachable young man, who had obviously made a great impression on his instructor during his time at NCC East.  It’s reassuring to know that young people of this calibre are seeking a career within the scaffolding industry and that there are employers willing to help them achieve this aim.”

The competition for next year’s award should be particularly strong, thanks to the NASC President’s New Apprenticeship Challenge, which has generated 240+ 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.

At the presentation, Mr Mosley and Mrs Wood also gave a special mention 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 in recognition of their efforts whilst working towards the achievement of their apprenticeships.

Those wishing to enter the NASC Apprentice of the Year 2015 Award should go to the CISRS section in the member’s area on the NASC website. Details will be available from September.

For details about the Apprentice of the Year Award scheme, becoming an NASC member and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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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 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 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 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.