Scaffolding training provider 3t Training Services is making significant strides in addressing the skills shortage plaguing the scaffolding industry by nurturing a new generation of scaffolders through their highly sought-after apprenticeship scheme.
The program offers scaffolding firms an extensive and hands-on 18-month training regimen coupled with practical on-the-job experience. The culmination of this rigorous training is an intense week-long end-point assessment. Successful apprentices are rewarded with industry-recognised qualifications, including an NVQ Level 2 certification in accessing and rigging for the scaffolding industry, a COTS qualification, CISRS Part 1 and 2 Scaffolding certificates, and a CISRS Recognised Industry Scheme Card.
This innovative apprenticeship scheme has garnered immense popularity among numerous North East firms, utilising it to cultivate fresh talent and bolster their workforce.
One firm benefiting from 3t’s apprenticeship program is JTL Scaffolding, a privately owned company based in Gateshead, with sister company JTL Projects. They employ approximately 110 individuals operating within the commercial, offshore, and industrial sectors.
Matthew Johnson, Engineering Manager at JTL Scaffolding, expressed the significance of apprenticeships for the company: “We are passionate about investing in our workforce, and apprenticeships are integral to our strategy. We continually seek ways to enhance and develop the learning outcomes for our apprentices.
As the construction industry grapples with skill shortages and an aging workforce, our approach is to bring in fresh talent and pair them with seasoned professionals to facilitate the transfer of skills and knowledge. This ensures that our personnel are highly skilled, exceptionally loyal, and exhibit the right work ethic.”
JTL Scaffolding has been partnering with 3t for several years now, harnessing their top-notch training facilities and experienced instructors who have firsthand knowledge of the scaffolding industry.
Johnson added, “The training and apprenticeship programs designed by 3t are undeniably aiding the scaffolding industry in overcoming skills shortages and shaping a highly skilled workforce for the future.”
Gayle McCann, Business Development Manager at 3t Training Services, emphasised the importance of their scaffolding apprenticeships: “Our programs nurture young talent from the ground up, moulding them into competent and skilled workers that the industry desperately needs.
We prioritise the needs of employers in every program we develop, focusing on producing motivated, proactive, and enthusiastic workers equipped with the skills needed to be productive from day one. This unquestionably addresses the industry’s demand for fresh recruits who possess the right skills and attitude, while simultaneously assisting young people in taking their vital first steps on the career ladder.”