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    SCAFFOLDER DEVELOPMENT EMBRACED BY INDUSTRY

    CPD training attracts over 2500 scaffolders during first year of operation

    The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has reported that more than 2,500 scaffolders have completed the two-day Scaffolder Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which was introduced into the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) in July 2017.

    CISRS announced their intent to introduce the CPD requirement around 12 months ahead of its launch date and not all within the sector welcomed the news with open arms.

    Overwhelmingly positive feedback

    NASC now report that feedback from those who have completed CISRS CPD has been “overwhelmingly positive” with the vast majority of attendees stating that it was “constructive and beneficial”.

    Joe Freaney, Contracts Manager at GKR Scaffolding Ltd, said:

    “Before attending the course to renew my advanced ticket, I thought it was going to be two wasted days of my week. How wrong was I. The course was very informative and I learned many things about TG20:13 that I thought I already knew but didn’t. It’s always good to refresh the massive amount of technical data that we use on a day to day basis.

    The inspection module of the course is a valuable extra, allowing me to inspect scaffold up to an advanced level, look at scaffolds from a different perspective and examine them closely.

    It was surprising how much information was delivered in the two days and the instructor was outstanding. The technical package handout was also good with all the latest SG4 and TG20 regulations enclosed, all in all a very good course.”

    Ash Humphreys, a scaffolder who recently completed CPD at Simian Skill in Warrington, said:

    “I’ve learnt quite a lot. I was pleased with the CPD training and think it was worthwhile.”

    Heavily subsidised courses available

    CISRS has looked to work with training providers to offer value for money. With the help of a number of organisations (listed below) and to mark the one-year anniversary of the introduction of CPD, a series of heavily subsided courses (£50) are currently being run across the UK.

    Chris Churcher of QCF Developments, Cardiff, said:

    “The recent subsidised CPD course carried out at the Centre proved to be a great success. The interactive content of the course gave the delegates time to reflect on their job roles and helped to show where they could make improvements.”

    David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said:

    “Despite some reticence it has been a very busy and successful 12 months for CISRS CPD, courses are full and feedback is positive. There will always be some resistance to changes, when the card renewal and Health and Safety Test requirement was introduced into Industry training schemes in 2000, there was a much bigger backlash from the sector. However, the majority of people involved in scaffolding accept that the introduction of CPD was the right thing to do.”

    TRAINING CENTRES OFFERING SUBSIDISED CPD

     

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