Scaffolding training continues despite UK national lockdown

Safety & Access

Several CISRS training providers are still supporting the industry, despite the UK national lockdown, it’s been revealed.

In a bid to curb the second wave of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic the UK government ordered the country to enter its third national lockdown earlier this week. Schools, colleges and universities also had to close with a number of scaffolding training centres following suit, leaving many scaffolders in training limbo.

However, Scaffmag understands that several independent CISRS training providers not linked to Further Education colleges or apprenticeship delivery are continuing to operate throughout the lockdown.

One such provider Safety & Access Ltd is continuing to support the industry by providing key training and assessments to meet their customer’s needs and the needs of scaffolders generally.

Rick Statham, Safety & Access Joint Managing Director told me: “We have worked very hard to ensure that the very latest COVID precautions are in place at our training facilities including social distancing, sanitisers and hygiene facilities, one-way systems, staggered breaks, temperature checks, PPE etc as the safety of our staff and customers is paramount.

There are several CISRS training providers in the UK that have taken a similar view to support their customers and I would urge Scaffmag readers and followers to contact their local providers and enquire.”

“As a business that provides safety-critical training in support of construction, infrastructure, oil and gas and a wide range of essential sectors we are continuing to offer safe short duration courses and VQ development to enable our customers to renew or complete their qualifications to access sites and to achieve the relevant CISRS Card.”

“We are also continuing with much of our statutory scaffold inspections and on-site assessment to meet the regulatory needs of our customers.”

Rick added: “As the current situation is constantly changing regarding COVID in the UK, we will obviously monitor and review this on an ongoing basis and make any decisions based on best practice and government guidelines.”