The annual CISRS Instructors Conference took place this week at NCC’s training facility in Bircham Newton, Norfolk.
More than 40 instructors from CISRS centres across the UK attended the one-day event. The latest scaffolder training news and updates were shared and discussed.
The conference was chaired by David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, who gave a presentation covering updates to Pt1, Pt2 and Advanced courses, CPD and systems scaffolding.
According to a CISRS press release, Tony Barry of NCC Midlands and Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation (ASITO) committee member also delivered an update on Trailblazer, the standard, end point assessment and external qualification assessment.
Martin Coyd of Mace Group and Rev. Kevin Fear from CITB co-presented a session on Building Mental Health which included a tool box talk that can now be delivered by the instructors, the press release said.
Martin, Operations Director – Health, Safety & Wellbeing, said: “Kevin and I were grateful for the opportunity to speak at the conference and given the platform to discuss the current mental health crisis and how the whole industry can work together with the Building Mental Health Framework to bring about change.
“If we all pull in the same direction, we can reach the everybody who works in construction and offer simple solutions and signpost people to existing sources of support. Together, we can make a real change.”
The conference also featured a breakout session where instructors provided their view on a range of topics including CISRS instructor qualification criteria, training centre capacity and training facility criteria.
Thomas Winters, Director at All Access Training, said: “As a new CISRS provider, this was my first Instructor conference and I really enjoyed it. It was good to get a chance to meet up with other providers for a meal and a few drinks the night before.
“The conference gave us the opportunity to put over our opinions directly to CISRS on what we think works and what we feel could be improved.”