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ScaffEx24 launched at NASC’s AGM

nasclogoNational Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) are thrilled to announce the launch of ScaffEx24, a pioneering Scaffolding and Access Conference and Expo, set to take place at the Belfast International Conference Centre on November 29th, 2024.

This free to attend conference and exhibition addressing the dynamic needs of the UK scaffolding and access market, such as training, design principles, products, safety and meet the buyer, will be a huge hit. NASC. ScaffEx24 aims to bridge the gap by providing an inclusive space for members and non-members alike, fostering collaboration between scaffolding clients and providers; offering unparalleled insights into the scaffolding and access sector. 

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NASC unveils Enhanced Member Charter

NASCAGM0023 1National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is pleased to announce that it has updated its membership charter to reflect the latest developments and best practices in the scaffolding industry. The new charter aims to provide increased inspection on the quality of the scaffolding produced and is being presented to its membership at the AGM.

Central to the new charter is an unwavering commitment to quality scaffolding works that strictly adhere to NASC's published guidelines and best practices, extending this rigor to members' yards. The charter places a renewed emphasis on employment and personnel standards, ensuring that all operatives, regardless of their employment method, receive the same level of support and treatment as those directly employed. This approach promotes flexibility and quality employment for both contractors and operatives.

Read more: NASC unveils Enhanced Member Charter

Rain doesn’t stop play for golf fundraiser

171123 Phil Boyce Neve McPherson Colin Laird 002Arriving at Murcar Golf Club amidst blue skies and benign conditions, 17 golfers were welcomed to the 2023 XL Global Group charity golf day in high spirits.

Generously supported by a number of the Group’s supply chain partners; Siemens, Daniel instruments, JBD Tritec and FPS, participants from a wide range of industry sectors competed alongside XL Group staff for a number of prizes.

Read more: Rain doesn’t stop play for golf fundraiser

Sortera announces the appointment of its UK Managing Director

Mr Mark McCleery 002Sortera is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark McCleery as its UK Managing Director.  A leader in waste management and the sale of residual products from the building and construction sector in Northern Europe, the Swedish company entered the UK sector in June 2022 with the acquisition of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, followed by the acquisition of GBN Services in June 2023. 

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New prize sets a supreme target for hands-on construction scholars

cnrFuture generations of construction leaders were today given a major incentive to accelerate their careers – by playing a firsthand part in transforming their chosen industry.

Thanks to a groundbreaking initiative formed between the steel certification authority CARES and Constructionarium, students about to embark on engineering and construction courses are eligible for a prestigious new award – ‘The CARES Supreme Scholar’ – plus funding to support their studies.

Read more: New prize sets a supreme target for hands-on construction scholars

ASFP to exhibit at London Build

London Build 002The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), the UK’s leading trade association for passive fire protection, will be exhibiting on stand H63 at London Build in London’s Olympia on 15-16 November.

Our team will be showcasing the ASFP’s range of technical guidance documents, member services and passive fire protection (PFP) training courses. Our courses include classroom training and our revolutionary e-learning platform. We will provide full details of our Foundation courses, which are available as classroom or online training, and enable learners to study towards the Institution of Fire Engineers Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in PFP. We will also highlight our new ASFP Firestopping for Installers course, which equips learners with the essential knowledge and skills to install different types of firestopping products.

Read more: ASFP to exhibit at London Build

Rami Mansour, Transformation Director at AtkinsRéalis, joins Constructionarium

ramiConstructionarium, a unique learning provider for students studying, and employees working, across the built environment sector, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rami Mansour to its Board of Directors.

Rami's expertise in leading transformational initiatives within the construction sector and his deep understanding of strategic development will bolster Constructionarium’s mission to innovate and enhance construction education.

Read more: Rami Mansour, Transformation Director at AtkinsRéalis, joins Constructionarium

Emma Bohan elected as Vice Chair of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Emmabohan 2The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) is pleased to announce the election of Emma Bohan as its new Vice Chair. Emma, the Managing Director, General Manager and major shareholder of IMS Heat Pumps Limited, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role.

Emma has had an interest in the heat pump industry since assisting with the start-up of a heat pump company in 2002 that sold out to a manufacturer in 2008. She has been working in the design, supply, install of heat pumps full-time since 2016.

Read more: Emma Bohan elected as Vice Chair of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association

BSIF tests unveil vast quantities of non-compliant safety footwear on UK market

BSIF Home Page Logo 250pixBritish Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) testing has revealed that a significant amount of safety footwear produced by non-members fails to perform as advertised.

Safety footwear is used to protect against hazards including slips, sharp objects, heavy loads, extreme temperatures, and chemicals. It is therefore an essential part of PPE and it is vital that it meets expectations.

Read more: BSIF tests unveil vast quantities of non-compliant safety footwear on UK market

Official stamp of approval for new community in Wigan

HPBC launch imageRichard Bacon, MP, a leading exponent of community housebuilding, has helped launch a plan to shape a Wigan church into affordable homes.

Award-winning charity Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC) was granted planning permission to develop the vacant St William’s church and presbytery and adjacent land in Ince into homes. The development, working in collaboration with Prima Housing Group work, has now started.

Read more: Official stamp of approval for new community in Wigan

UK Government funding awarded to offer free green skills training

Retofit image 002Borders College has obtained funding of £530,400 to facilitate the no-cost provision of tailored skills and training initiatives, aiming to bolster the green economy and enhance the local supply chain for housing. This programme is strategically crafted to optimise the decarbonisation of existing housing stock and elevate the workforce's skills to meet evolving property standards.

The £530,400 funding is part of the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund, awarded to a number of organisations throughout the Scottish Borders.

Katharine Mathison, Director of Enterprise and Business Innovation at Borders College, said:

“I am delighted that Borders College has been awarded this funding to support the businesses in our region by providing the training required in the race to net-zero.

“We look forward to working with the Social Landlords and other partners and businesses to develop and deliver high-quality training experiences that provide the right skills for the future.”

Borders College Principal Pete Smith commented:

“Securing this funding enables us to continue to deliver on the initiative established under the College’s Sustainability Academy, prioritising the upskilling and reskilling to support Retrofit and Green Skills, which are crucial to ensuring businesses and communities can benefit from the opportunities arising from the transition to net-zero.

“This training will also safeguard the prospect of well-paid, highly skilled jobs in the future for the Borders and our local economy.”

The new offer of skills and training programmes is a continuation of a successful Community Renewal Fund Sustainability Academy delivered in 2021/22, with a view to building the skills for what will become a green economy.

Borders College is collaborating with Social Landlords to establish a comprehensive training programme, empowering them to achieve their decarbonisation goals. Additionally, we will extend this training to local businesses, ensuring their preparedness to meet the upcoming demand for retrofitting.

There will be a wide range of courses on offer, which will be tailored to meet the requirements of Social Landlords and companies.

These will include:

  • Retrofit Introduction;
  • Health and Safety;
  • Air Tightness;
  • Thermal Imaging;
  • Thermal Efficiency;
  • Managing Moisture;
  • Introduction to Renewables;
  • Home Insulation;
  • Retrofit Electrical and Plumbing Specialist Pathways Options;
  • Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pump Training;
  • Battery Storage;
  • Solar and Unvented Hot Water;
  • Carbon Management and Literacy;
  • Electric Vehicle;
  • External Wall Systems;
  • Smart Home Control Systems;
  • Mechanical and Heat Recovery.

Courses will be on offer from December 2023, and applications can be made through the College website.

For further details on any of the exciting programmes planned, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.