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CISRS News: Press Releases
The NASC took part in the London Work At Height Seminar 2017 at the City of London’s prestigious Guildhall on Monday July 10th – presenting on developments within the scaffolding and access sector, and recently published guidance, to a substantial gathering of industry professionals.
The NASC has introduced a state-of-the-art online membership application system – streamlining the process for membership applications for potential new members
CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are now live – making it a mandatory requirement to attend a two-day course at an approved training provider prior to scaffolder or advanced scaffolder card renewal.
CISRS are very pleased to announce that with the collaboration of four of their approved training providers they are able to offer six fully funded (free) CPD courses across the UK in July and August.
The NASC has recently published the following Health & Safety guidance titles all of which have been updated to 2017. Hard copies have been issued to all NASC full contracting members, who may also download them from the NASC website free of charge
The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) are very pleased to announce that they have set aside an initial sum of £30,000 to assist the membership who will be required to meet the CISRS CPD requirement for their Scaffolders and Advanced Scaffolders from 1st July 2017.
On Tuesday 23 May NASC delivered the second of two complimentary TG20 presentations to temporary works consultants, managers, and engineers employed by or working for principal contractors in the UK construction industry.
The future of scaffolding training in Nepal and recognition of the skills of Nepalese scaffolders working around the Middle East is looking very bright.
Simian Skill have formed a partnership with Tough Scaff in order to open a Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Chennai, Southern India.
NASC was pleased to host a meeting with Graham Burke CEO of Scaffolding, Access & Rigging New Zealand (SARNZ) at their London office on Thursday 16 May 2017.
The NASC will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Safety & Health Expo, June 20-22 at London’s prestigious ExCeL venue on Stand R90 – alongside the Access Industry Forum (AIF).
Simian Skill Dubai has completed another successful year of training in the UAE in the 2016/2017 period, recently passing the CISRS Annual accreditation audit with flying colours.
On Thursday 11 May the NASC delivered the first of two complimentary TG20 presentations to temporary works consultants, managers or engineers who are employed by, or work for principal contractors in the UK construction industry. The presentation took place at Thorpe Hotel & Spa in Leeds, West Yorkshire and was well-received by an attentive audience of temporary works professionals.
The NASC is organising two regional TG20 presentations (North/South) – aimed directly at assisting principal contractor temporary works consultants
NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at the new-look, biennial ‘Scotland Works’ event – May 3-4 being held at Scotland’s premier B2B event venue, the SEC – on stand HS48, opposite the main conference theatre in the ‘Health & Safety Scotland’ section.
The NASC has published its highly-regarded 2017 Safety Report documenting and analysing accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members in 2016 – representing over 17,000 UK scaffolding operatives, which constitutes a significant percentage of the total British scaffolding workforce.
Both NASC and CISRS are very pleased to have taken an active role in the recent Roof Work and Work at Height training event, which was organised by Access Industry Forum (AIF) as part of the Working Well Together campaign.
CISRS has run two fully-funded CPD refresher pilot courses at NCC Midlands in Birmingham during February and March. Both of the courses delivered by lead Instructor Tony Barry received very positive feedback from the course delegates.
It’s been a busy March for the CISRS team, both here in the UK and overseas..
The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at ‘The Health & Safety Event’ at the NEC in Birmingham from March 21st to 23rd, on trade stand H32, right opposite the main conference theatre.
CISRS are delighted to announce the opening of a newly accredited CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) facility in Oman
Following a consultation exercise in the of summer 2016 an NASC working group was formed to review feedback and agree modifications and amendments to TG20:13 at time of next revision
CISRS in collaboration with three of its accredited training providers will be running a series of pilot courses next month for its new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, which is set to go live on 1st of July 2017
NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016 Award winner Kier Phur of TRAD Scaffolding Co Limited has been presented with his winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £500 by CISRS Scheme Manager and NASC Director of Training, Dave Mosley and award judge and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Special Projects Manager, Paul Gaze.
The NASC has announced the results of its Apprentice of the Year 2016 Award at its Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam (Friday November 25th) – with Kier Phur TRAD Scaffolding Co Limited winning, Lisa Duncan of A & J Maintenance Support Limited named as runner-up and a posthumous special mention going to Mike Towell of Interserve Industrial Services.
The inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award was launched in the summer of 2016 and has attracted entries from a range of NASC hire/sale and contracting members, showcasing a range of innovative scaffolding products developed by the membership.
CISRS are working directly with their cardholders and approved training providers to match up the demand for supervisor refresher training. Following the introduction of Supervisory CPD/refresher training on 1st March 2016, anyone wishing to renew their CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager card is required to complete the newly developed 2- day course.
NASC full non contracting (hire/sales) members St Helens Plant have won the construction and engineering category plus an ‘Excellence Award for Scaffolding Fabrication, Repair and Reconditioning’ in the recent Build Awards 2016.
The NASC’s widely respected NASC 2017 Yearbook has launched – including confirmation of the highest level of NASC membership, since formation in 1945.
CISRS has tightened up the entry criteria and course requirements for its popular basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS).
The work of the NASC has been widely praised by speakers and delegates at the recent Access Industry Form (AIF) National Work At Height Conference.
CISRS has granted accreditation to a brand new scaffold training centre in the North East of Scotland – designed to meet the extensive needs of both the construction and oil and gas industries within the region.
The NASC has launched a promotional film – aiming to broaden the safe scaffolding message of the UK’s leading access and scaffolding trade body and to encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to become members of the confederation.
The third annual CISRS Instructors Conference took place last weekend, at the Birches conference centre, National Construction College East, Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn.
CISRS has issued a brand new card information poster entitled “Have you got the right card which is available to all free of charge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
CISRS are pleased to announce the accreditation and opening of a second Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in South Korea.
The NASC has re-joined the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the UK’s leading platform for principal trade bodies and federations in the work at height sector, with effect from 1 July 2016.
There has been quite a reaction on social media since it was announced that CPD courses for Scaffolders will be introduced from summer 2017. CISRS has now set up specific CPD page on it’s website in a response to some of misinformation being circulated around the sector.
An amended version of the SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations management guide has been posted on the NASC website, incorporating a foreword from HSE. The document is available to download free of charge, and will shortly be available for purchase from the NASC in hard copy format.
NASC members wishing to take the opportunity to advertise in the forthcoming NASC 2017 Yearbook – published again by Construction Manager publishers, Atom to an audience of 30,492 industry professionals, including all members of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) directly – are being asked to do so at their earliest convenience.
The popular, user-friendly Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) CAP 609 General Information Booklet has been revised and is being reprinted – with a bold new cover design, incorporating the new CISRS logo.
The NASC and CISRS have exhibited successfully at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event – the Safety & Health Expo, held at the prestigious London ExCeL venue, June 21-23.
CISRS has announced that from 1 July 2017 it will introduce a two day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, which will become a mandatory requirement prior to Scaffolder or Advanced Scaffolder card renewal.
The NASC is launching a new biennial Scaffolding Product Innovation Award – celebrating the very best developments in new scaffolding materials and products from leading industry suppliers.
The NASC has launched a ‘Qualifying the Workforce’ in-house programme offering member companies funding from a £30,000 central pot for up to 240 training placement payments.
The CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) has accredited its first centre in Nepal through training providers Safety & Access and Aecor Nepal.
The NASC has launched a consultation process for users of its industry recognised good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13.
The NASC has launched the eagerly-awaited, user-friendly SG4 You (2015) pocket guide further to publication of its core scaffolding fall prevention guidance note, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – with support from BuildUK.
The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting for the third year running at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event – the Safety & Health Expo, June 21-23 at London’s prestigious ExCeL venue.
The CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) is booming in the Middle East region – following a visit by Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley.
The NASC has launched an updated version of its user-friendly, free Scaffold Specification Template (Guide to Managing and Appointing Scaffolding Contractors).
CISRS has launched a bold new promotional film aimed at attracting people into a rewarding career in scaffolding through the CISRS training scheme.
The NASC and CISRS shared a successful stand at last week’s The Health & Safety Event – aka ‘Three days to save a life’ – at the NEC in Birmingham (March 22nd-24th).
NASC member and CISRS training provider LTC Group87 Ltd has been supporting National Apprentice Week (March 14-21) – taking part in an employment event aimed at attracting construction apprentices and “bringing all the available apprenticeship and employment opportunities to the young people of Plymouth.”
CISRS training provider and NASC Members, Generation Training Services in partnership with fellow NASC member, Complete Access Scaffolding Ltd (CASL) are supporting National Apprentice Week (March 14-21), with an event aimed at promoting scaffolding apprenticeships and the construction industry as a safe and rewarding career option.
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CISRS has just granted training provider accreditation to the first CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) training centre in Africa – set up by Simian Skills and Falck Prime Atlantic in Nigeria.
The NASC is set to launch its 2016 Safety Report at the forthcoming ‘The Health & Safety Event’ industry event being held at the NEC, March 22-24.
The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at ‘The Health & Safety Event’ being held next month at the NEC in Birmingham from March 22nd-24th, on trade stand C66, right opposite the main conference theatre.
CISRS has just granted training provider accreditation to a prestigious industry training centre in the North East – AIS Training in North Shields, part of the Advanced Industrial Solutions group.
NASC member company GKR Scaffolding Ltd last night won the coveted Access and Scaffolding ‘Specialist of the Year’ award at the illustrious Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016 – against some of the UK’s top scaffolding contractors, including two other NASC member companies.
The NASC has made a £2,700 donation to The Lighthouse Club ‘Construction Industry Charity.’
The NASC has launched a new website – www.nasc.org.uk – offering a radical new look, modern desktop and mobile optimised functionality, user-friendly online shop, integrated social media and news feeds, and a plethora of scaffolding and access information.
From the 1st March 2016 anyone wishing to renew their CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager card will be required to complete the newly developed refresher/CPD course
Three NASC member companies – GKR Scaffolding, St Helens Plant & Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding – have been shortlisted for the Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016.
The NASC has made a bold move to attract small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) scaffolding firms to the confederation – by reducing the minimum subscription threshold
NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016, Paul Howell has recently received his winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £500 during a presentation ceremony carried out at the West Yorkshire offices of his employer Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd (CASL).
The NASC has released a raft of seven revised and updated Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG). These revisions have come as part of the NASC’s on-going commitment to refresh published technical and safety guidance on a five year cycle.
The eagerly anticipated NASC 2016 Yearbook has launched –loaded with 96 pages of UK scaffolding news, Britain’s biggest and best project reports and crucially, details of the impending launch of the NASC core scaffolding fall prevention guidance, SG4:15.
NASC Member Interserve Industrial Services Ltd have received the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ from the British Safety Council – for the second time – for safe working practices in the industrial services sector.
The UK trade body for access and scaffolding, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), has been shortlisted for a top award for its outstanding commitment to supporting apprentices.
The NASC President, Kevin Ward’s ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year tenure has been achieved – three months before the November 2015 deadline.
The recent amendment to the CISRS Part 1 course rules on eligibility of delegates – that it is a scheme requirement for anyone wishing to attend a CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding Training course to have held a valid CISRS Trainee Scaffolder or Labourer card for a minimum of six months – is now active, as of today (September 1st).
The NASC Code of Practice (CoP) product compliance list, documenting compliant scaffolding products currently supplied by audited NASC hire/sale members, has recently been updated.
NASC member company apprentices were highly successful in the Construction Industry Training Board NCC Apprentice Awards 2015 – achieving nominations in every round, right across the UK, with multiple winners in the coveted Scaffolding Apprenticeship Year 1 and Year 2 awards and the overall Apprentice of the Year category.
The NASC and CISRS have successfully exhibited at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event at London’s ExCeL – the Safety & Health Expo, June 16-18.
South West NASC members, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd have won the Best Family Business Award in the recent 10th Annual Cornwall Business Awards.
The NASC and CISRS are set to exhibit at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event at London’s ExCeL – the Safety & Health Expo, June 16-18.
The CISRS Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) received a further boost in April – as CISRS Scheme Manager, David Mosley granted re-accreditation to the Safety & Access Middle East Centre in Ajman (UAE), opened a brand new purpose-built centre in Qatar, and took part in a high profile scaffolding conference in the region.
Simian Skill’s FZ-LLC CISRS approved Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Al Qorz, near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has gained CISRS accreditation – for the third year running.
NASC and CISRS had a week of double health and safety exhibition success this week – in Glasgow and in Birmingham.
CISRS has announced that as of 1st September 2015 it will be a scheme requirement that anyone wishing to attend a CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding Training course must have held a valid CISRS Trainee Scaffolder or Labourer card for a minimum of six months.
The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Health & Safety Scotland event and seminar being held at Glasgow’s premier exhibition venue.
The NASC has launched its 2015 Safety Report – documenting accident statistics for all NASC full contracting member companies in 2014, covering 14,988 operatives, which constitutes a major proportion of the UK’s total scaffolding workforce.
Winner in the Access & Scaffolding category – Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd – for scaffolding at the Dawlish Railway repair project, following the infamous storm damage in 2013.
CISRS will be changing its appeal process from April 1st 2015 – meaning those wishing to make an appeal based on holding an “old style” card will be required to successfully complete the appropriate CISRS skills test based upon the card they previously held.
06.03.2015 CISRS News Update
CISRS has been informed that ASTRA Access Safety Training Ltd in Darton, South Yorkshire went into administration on Friday 27th February 2015. At the present time we do not have any information as to the circumstances, but calls to their office number are now being diverted to UTN in Wakefield who may be able to offer some advice.
CISRS will accept certificates of training for CISRS courses undertaken with ASTRA prior to the above date. If you have completed Training with ASTRA recently and have not received a CISRS certificate we may be able to find proof of your attendance via course notifications. You would need to supply your name, date of birth, NI number, courses dates etc.
Unfortunately we have not been informed as to what action will be taken for those people who have submitted portfolios to ASTRA for assessment, we could only suggest at this stage that it may useful to contact another CISRS approved provider and re-register for VQ and subsequent Skills test with them. A list of providers is available on the CISRS website www.cisrs.org.uk/training-providers
Following the recent news that there are now more than 50,000 CISRS card holders in the UK, the CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) has reached another milestone for the organisation – with 2,500 operatives having completed training and holding CISRS OSTS cards.
CISRS has added another training centre to its Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) – as the all-new UG Safety & Access UK (PVT) Ltd Chennai training centre gained accreditation this week.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
NASC New Apprentices Challenge Gains Momentum and Support approaching the Halfway Mark
NASC were in Westminster earlier this month, with members Chris Sedgeman and Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd, to meet with Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities – discussing the availability of training in the South West and proposals for the future of apprenticeships in the UK.
The NASC has received confirmation that funding has been secured from Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which will enable them to run their 4th Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) programme, starting in January 2015.
The NASC and CISRS had a successful exhibition at the Health & Safety North event held at Bolton Arena last week (October 8-9th 2014) attracting over 130 serious enquiries on scaffolding safety, standards and training to its 16m trade stand (B16), which featured a free-standing five metre tower, built by NASC members 3D Scaffolding of Manchester.
NASC are proud to announce the launch of the NASC Apprentice of the Year Award, which is to be sponsored by both CITB and CISRS. The award is aimed at individuals who are currently directly employed with 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 NASC has updated its TG20:13 good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding with a new document entitled Supplement 1. This document is available now for download from the NASC website as a PDF and is accompanied by an eGuide software update entitled Version 1.1.
The NASC has welcomed the publication of the recently amended ‘HSE Scaffold Checklist’. The document is intended to clarify when scaffold design is required, and the level of training and competence which those erecting, inspecting and supervising the erection, alteration and dismantling of scaffolding are expected to have.
CISRS have opened a brand new CISRS scaffolding training facility in South Korea for CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) courses.
The NASC recently hosted a meeting of the Union of European Scaffolding Contractors (UEG) – the representative body for national scaffolding organisations in Europe – as part of its role as the UK access and scaffolding representative organisation in the UEG
UEG delegates enjoying the sights following their meeting in London and at NCC Waltham Forest training centre following a demonstration of scaffolding training.
The NASC’s Safety Guidance on ‘Transporting Scaffolding in Construction Hoists’ – SG26:14 – has been published and is available at www.nasc.org.uk
The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) will be sharing stand B16 with the NASC, demonstrating the latest information on SITS and COTS scaffolding training courses, along with information on changes to the Basic, Part One, Part Two and Advanced scaffolding courses following the launch of TG20:13 earlier this year.
The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) have recently been assisting the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with a radical re-development of its Level Two Diploma for scaffolding apprentices (No. 601/3726/5). The new Diploma in Scaffolding will be available for registration from September 1st 2014.
NASC Member Apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards
NASC President, Kevin Ward’s scheme to create a minimum of 400 new scaffolding apprentices during his two-year term is off to a flying start.
West Anglia Training Association (WATA) of Huntingdon, Cambridge has become the latest training provider to gain Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) accreditation.
Further to publication of TG20:13 in February the NASC has formally withdrawn TG20:08. From 1 July 2014, the NASC recommends that all tube and fitting scaffold structures should be supported by TG20:13, using TG20:13 eGuide generated compliance sheets, or should be supported by a bespoke scaffold design.
Cape Asia Academy in Muntinlupa City, Philippines has been awarded accreditation to run the Construction Industry Scaffolder’s Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) at its centre.
CISRS Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme (OSTS) makes progress in Middle East
The NASC’s Safety Guidance on ‘Transporting Scaffolding in Construction Hoists’ – SG26:14 – has been published and is available at www.nasc.org.uk
CISRS has launched a series of ‘Toolbox Talk’ training videos to act as teaching tools for the introduction of the NASC’s new Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13.
News on the recent CISRS Instructors Conference
Click link for information about upcoming Conference for Registered CISRS Instructors
The NASC will be holding five, free TG20:13 Regional Seminars across the UK to mark the publication of the revised, industry standard Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding. Click above for more information.
CISRS are in the process of revising the Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) – in view of the imminent publication of the NASC’s TG20:13 Technical Guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding (TG20). Read more by clicking link above.
The NASC has announced their Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) 2014 programme will begin this week, rewarding NASC Membership’s Commitment to Training.
A copy of the CISRS Newsletter sent by David Mosley, includes information about upcoming changes to the Scaffold Inspection Courses.
CISRS Position in relation to the Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) and those wishing to use different brands of similar types of product.
New NASC President, Kevin Ward has challenged NASC members with the creation of a minimum of 400 new scaffolding apprentices during his two-year term as President, from November 2013.
Read about the new scaffolding training centre opened by CISRS Accredited training provider Safety and Access in South Korea.
Read about the Mandatory New Entrant and Scaffolding Labourer courses going live from September 2013.
Read about four new training centres gaining CISRS accreditation in the first four months of 2013 despite the continuing economic downturn .
Read about Scaffolding Sisters Kelly and Connory Hay currently receiving CISRS Training at NCC Scotland.