You could work with small local companies or on larger sites such as petro chemical or nuclear power station sites.
Once qualified with scaffolder status you could have the opportunity to work off-shore or overseas. Your Apprenticeship will cover safe working practices in construction, erect and dismantle of basic scaffoId structures, erect and dismantle Aluminium Mobile Towers, knowledge of building methods and construction technology, safe use of harness and fall prevention methods and manual handling in the scaffolding industry. To undertake an Apprenticeship in scaffolding you must work well in a team, be able to follow instructions, be a good communicator and work responsibly.
A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 3/2 (D/E) or above is desirable. Due to the job role good physical health is required
Where will I study?
Training 2000 Blackburn
19 months - 2 week blocks every 4 months
Our Apprenticeship includes:
- Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support, this comprises of one day classroom delivery or work based learning
- Face-to-face tutorials
- Access to learning on e-portfolio
- Assessor visits
What you'll learn
- The relevant British and European Standards, NASC guidance e.g. TG20, SG4, SG6 and statutory regulations applicable to the correct and safe erection and dismantling of scaffolds and where to find additional information e.g. NASC website, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website
- The types, uses and methods of inspection, and the purpose of various scaffold materials e.g. tubes, boards and fittings in common use
- The methods of handling, stacking, and servicing scaffold materials e.g. tubes, boards and fittings
- The types, uses and purpose of prefabricated beams, and the rules for their assembly and connection to scaffold structures
- The purpose, types, uses and loadings of protection fans. The methods of supporting fans by scaffold tubes and wire ropes
- The methods of founding scaffolds on differing types of surface (e.g. soft ground, concrete and steel)
- The correct and safe means of attaching and spacing transoms to support working platforms and strengthen the scaffold structure
- The correct methods of attaching spurs, rakers, check fittings, droppers and puncheons to scaffolds
- The safe and correct method of erecting and dismantling Aluminium towers
- The correct and safe methods of erecting independent and putlog scaffolds with returns, towers and birdcages at three lifts high in tube and fittings
- How to calculate the number of ties, the spacing and test requirements to restrain sheeted and unsheeted scaffolds depending on the capacity of the tie arrangements
- The regulations governing the inspection of Basic scaffolds
- The statutory requirements for access including ladders and ladder towers and stairways
- How to interpret design layout drawings and determine the correct and safe methods of erecting and dismantling the scaffolds
- How to organise materials to lead a gang of Scaffolders carrying out Scaffolding operations as well as the practical skills needed to erect, dismantle and alter scaffolding to the correct configurations and tolerances, a scaffolder will be required to have knowledge of the relevant British and European standards, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) guidance and statutory regulations
Frequently asked questions
There is a minimum wage for all people enrolled on an Apprenticeship. How much you get paid depends on your age and how long you’ve been doing the Apprenticeship. Here is the latest apprentice national minimum wage.
Normally your company would provide your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is required to do your job.
Your first two weeks are classroom based and the other four x2 week blocks you do are more practical even though you will still do some classroom work as you need the theory before you can erect/dismantle the scaffolds.
Maximum of 9 delegates are allowed in each group.