NASC Announce Further Funding For QTW

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The NASC announces confirmation of secured funding for their 4th Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) program.

In a recent press release the NASC has published confirmation from the CITB that funding has been secured for the Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) program for the 4th year running.

The QTW program enables NASC members to apply for a payment of £125 for any of their employees that have qualified to CISRS Scaffolder, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supverisor status since 1st September 2013. The operatives will need to have completed all requisite training and be in possession of a current valid CISRS card to be eligible.

The 4th Qualifying The Workforce (QTW) programme will start in January 2015.

This follows three successful QTW programmes involving NASC members in 2012-2014, where proposed targets were exceeded on each occasion – with more than 200 operatives qualified to CISRS Scaffolder via either apprenticeships or the adult/commercial route, Advanced Scaffolder or Scaffolding Supervisor in 2012 and 2013.

The CITB funding has allowed the NASC not only to promote the concept of a fully qualified workforce to the scaffolding sector but also to pay out over £25,000 to participating members in 2012-2013, with a further £29,000 paid out in 2014.

NASC received additional/exceptional funding from CITB in 2014 – in order to offer further support to the QTW programme. This will hopefully create an additional 100 qualified operatives (across all five CISRS training course categories) before the end of the year.

NASC Director of Training, Dave Mosley said:

“NASC & CISRS would like to thank the CITB for their continued support, which allows us to promote QTW and make a small bonus payment to the members who spend a lot of time and money maintaining a qualified workforce – helping to make the scaffolding industry a safer place.”

In addition to the new QTW, NASC has also received CITB funding to run a batch of three-day, new-style Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) courses – which are open to non-NASC members and member companies. The courses will be running at NCC Scotland, Simian Skills and NCC Midlands.

Dave Mosley added: “The CITB Specialists department have been extremely helpful highlighting the possibilities of accessing additional funding for new and developing training programmes. This fitted perfectly with the introduction of the three day Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) courses. This funding is very welcome and makes the transition from two to three day courses a little easier for the industry.”