The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) supports its members at every stage of their training journey through its dedicated Presidents Training Fund.
Since its launch in 2022 by NASC President, David Brown, NASC has paid out over £50,000 worth of training grants to its members. We recently caught up with two members to find out how they have used the grants and how they found the application process:
Severnside Scaffolding Ltd.
Gloucestershire-based Severnside Scaffolding specialise in scaffolding, roofing and safety, and they recently utilised the fund to further develop their team. Speaking to NASC, David Swale said:
“These types of training grants are immensely valuable for smaller contractors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to replace experienced staff as they progress up the career ladder or exit the profession. This provision allows us to manage the expenses of their training while simultaneously covering their wages throughout that period. Moreover, we are dedicated to offering opportunities for local individuals within the community to undergo training and pursue a fulfilling career in the field of scaffolding.”
Anglesey Scaffolding (Ynys Mon) Company Ltd
NASC supports businesses across the United Kingdom, and we were delighted to support scaffold hire, sales, and erection specialists Anglesey Scaffolding (Ynys Mon) Company Ltd. when they applied for the grant. Carys Griffiths added:
“Making sure our operatives receive proper training is not only obligatory but also a pivotal element for staff development and retention. However, as employers, it’s crucial to recognise that training costs encompass more than just course expenses. We must also account for the potential loss of revenue while our operatives are away from the site. Additionally, given the limited availability of local training centres, we often have to cover expenses related to travel and accommodation for our trainees. Therefore, any funding aimed at alleviating cash flow challenges in such situations is greatly appreciated. NASC’s support has been invaluable, making the entire process remarkably smooth and straightforward.”
A reminder of NASC’s grants
The President’s Training Fund is comprised of six of grants, which can be claimed for a variety of training needs. Here’s a quick reminder of how NASC can support you:
- Newly Qualified CISRS Scaffolder
This grant allows you to claim £200 for operatives qualifying for their first CISRS Scaffolder Card. Please note they will need to have completed their training already.
- Newly Qualified CISRS Advanced Scaffolder
Allows you to claim £250 for operatives qualifying for their first CISRS Advanced Scaffolder Card. Please note they will need to have completed their training already.
- Newly Qualified CISRS Supervisor
With this grant you can claim £500 for operatives qualifying for their first CISRS Supervisor Scaffolder Card. Please note they will need to have completed their training already.
- CISRS Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) Endorsement
Utilising this endorsement allows you to claim £175 for operatives completing a CISRS SSPTS course and getting the system endorsement on their CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced Card. Please note they will need to have completed their training already.
- CISRS Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS)
Allows you to claim £175 for operatives completing a CISRS SITS systems product course and getting the system endorsement on their CISRS Basic or Advanced Inspection card. Please note they will need to have completed their training already.
- New Entrant (Non-Scaffolding Operative)
Claim £150 for any relevant industry training completed by a new member of staff, who isn’t a scaffolder. This could be office staff, trainee estimators, drivers, and more.
Find out how an NASC Membership can benefit your business today!
When you become a NASC member, you will be able to enjoy access to all of these grants alongside a raft of other benefits; get in touch today to find out more about the help available.