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Asbestos Training: A Requirement for a Reason

The ability to identify and avoid asbestos is essential to work safely within the construction industry. Though British workplaces are among the safest in the world, as reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the 4,500 deaths due to asbestos related diseases each year are a stark reminder of the dangerous substance present in so many of our buildings.

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New CISRS scaffold training facility in South Korea

CISRS have opened a brand new CISRS scaffolding training facility in South Korea for CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) courses.

Following a recent trip to the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Scaffolder Training Centre in South Korea by CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley, the facility has gained accreditation for the delivery of scaffolder skills training, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisory qualifications.

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NASC & CISRS re-develop CITB Level Two Scaffolding diploma

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.

A working party made up of representatives from CISRS, NASC, the CITB awarding body, approved training providers (NCC Midlands, Simian Skills and Safety and Access) and Scaffolding contractors including NASC members, Brand Energy (SGB), Deborah Services Ltd and Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd, has been meeting in recent months to review the content of the Level Two Scaffolding diploma.

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NASC president's new scaffolding apprentices challenge update

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.

New apprentices are listed within the challenge figures once they have successfully completed their induction training. The total currently stands at 153, meaning the membership is on track to meet its target.

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NASC member apprentices well represented at annual NCC Awards

The National Construction College – the training provider for the Construction Industry Training Board, CITB – has just hosted its annual NCC award ceremonies, at regional venues across the UK, in Scotland, South and London, Midlands and the East.

The NASC sponsored the Access category of the NCC Apprentice Awards, and is pleased to report that NASC member companies provided a large number of the nominees for awards in Year One and Year Two Scaffolding, including all three nominees in NCC South and London, and NCC East. There were also NASC member nominees and winners in the Essential Skills Apprentices Award category too.

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