New Scaffolding Apprenticeship Holds Promise For A Bright Future

Blackburn-based Training 2000 has added another course to its growing range of qualifications.

The Scaffolding Apprenticeship delivered at Level 2 is now available, providing an excellent route of obtaining foundation knowledge and progressing through to Scaffolder status.

Delivered to Apprentices who are employed by a scaffolding company. The Apprenticeship covers the safe erection and dismantling of basic scaffold structures as well as the correct use of a harness, fall prevention methods, taught about manual handling and safe working practices in the construction industry just to name a few of the key elements. They also achieve Maths and English at Level 1.

Once they have completed the Apprenticeship they will be able to pursue a career as Scaffolders with industry recognised status and a wide range of opportunities within the sector enabling them to work to their strengths and interests.

The Apprenticeship programme and Scaffolding Department is managed by Alan Winward, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry across a range of sectors, including power and petrochemicals.

Alan, has worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East and is an experienced manager with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with these young people. It’s a bit like sowing seeds when you pass on knowledge – you give them the fundamentals and then watch them develop and work their way up to the next level.

“Scaffolding is a wonderful profession to be in and I’d imagine, with the pressure to find extra power from somewhere, its expected there’ll be a lot of work for scaffolders in the North West at Heysham and Sellafield. Scaffolding is a service trade and other services rely on us to provide safe access; without Scaffolders they couldn’t do their jobs.”

This new course comes at a time when there is likely to be an increase in demand not just for scaffolders in general, but for those who have received thorough training and achieved recognised qualifications.

This is due, in part, to the Government’s creation of a £570m Get Britain Building investment fund for developers aimed at boosting the number of new homes built in 2013. The Government has also promised to help people who cannot afford to buy a home because they don’t have the deposit.

Overall this means that up to 50,000 homes could be built in the coming year to help address the growing accommodation shortage in the UK.

This will be of huge benefit to the construction industry, which was hard hit by the global credit crunch of 2008 and saw just 115,000 new homes completed in England 2009/2010, fewer than any in any year in peace time since the 1920s.

Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, said: “The Government’s commitment to providing new housing in 2013 and subsequent years is great news for these apprentices.

“Not only will they swell the workforce at a time when their skills will be in high demand, but they will also be well trained and qualified to deliver a really professional service.”