SIMIAN offer fully funded scaffolding training

SIMIAN, a renowned name in the scaffolding and broader construction industry, has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to excellence by achieving a 'Good' grading from Ofsted for its apprenticeship programs. 

Scaffolding training providers SIMIAN is offering FREE career progression for scaffolders and trainees that live or work in the Greater Manchester area.

If you live or work in a Greater Manchester Combined Authority Postcode, you could be eligible to take the next step on your career progression ladder by securing a place on a fully-funded CISRS Scaffolding training course.

SIMIAN say they have secured a limited amount of skills training funding for those who either live, work or are employed in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area, and it can be used for CISRS Part One, Part Two and Advanced Scaffolder Training.

The funding, secured via North West Skills Academy Limited (NWSA) and GMCA, will be used to upskill Greater Manchester’s workforce, and the application process is open to any individual who has a current CISRS card, ranging from CISRS COTS to Part 2.

NWSA was awarded the funding by Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of its three-year Skills for Growth programme. Skills for Growth is funded through the European Social Fund and aims to plug the skills gaps in priority sectors across Greater Manchester as outlined in the Combined Authority’s Local Industrial Strategy. For more info on the fund, search #SkillsForGrowthGM.

Speaking of the initiative, Natalie Hadfield, Apprenticeship Manager at SIMIAN, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to tap into this upskilling fund, as it gives GMCA residents and workers the opportunity to progress, with the potential of having increased earning capability.

It’s a small piece of good news in what has generally been a very challenging couple of years for almost everybody.”

Sam Riley, CEO of NWSA, said: “We’re excited at the opportunity of expanding our offering into scaffolding, which is a new initiative for us. SIMIAN is the largest and most renowned provider of CISRS training in the region and we’re delighted that working with them will give NWSA the opportunity to bring direct skills benefits to the employers and residents of the GMCA area.”

SIMIAN stress that the funding is strictly limited to those living, working or employing in the following Greater Manchester postcode areas:

BL1, BL2, BL3, BL4, BL5, BL6, BL8, BL9
M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M17, M18, M19, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M29, M30, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35, M38, M40, M41, M43, M44, M45, M46, M50, M90
OL1, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL5, OL6, OL7, OL8, OL9, OL10, OL11, OL15, OL16
SK1, SK2, SK3, SK4, SK5, SK6, SK7, SK8, SK9, SK14, SK15, SK16
WA14, WA15
WN1, WN2, WN3, WN4, WN5, WN7

If you would like to take up the offer of fully-funded training apply via the SIMIAN website by clicking here.

About the European Social Fund

This project receives funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit