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Swap the Services for scaffolding and enjoy free training

Swap the Services for scaffolding and enjoy free training


08 Sep, 2021

Military personnel now have another incentive to swap the Services for the scaffolding industry – free and full scaffolder training …

The offer covers all the necessary training courses required for Service leavers to become fully qualified Part 2 scaffolders – a package worth more than £3,500. The training funding is being offered by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), the UK trade body for access and scaffolding.

Says Lynn Way, NASC President: ‘Ex-Forces personnel are in high demand. There is currently a major skills shortage in the construction sector, which makes service people – with their proven skills sets – highly prized. The scaffolding industry gives Armed Forces personnel the ability to continue working as part of a close-knit team, keep fit, and take on challenging, complex and varied projects. 

‘Through our £150,000 Armed Forces funding pot, we’re hoping to bring hundreds of new recruits into the scaffolding industry – setting them off on the first step of their post-Forces careers as scaffolders, designers, H&S professionals and a number of other vocations.’

The NASC made a formal commitment to promote career and training opportunities in the scaffolding industry to ex-military personnel by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and has active relationships with various charitable partners linked with the MoD, including Buildforce UK, After the Military and the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP). 

There’s also £1,000 available to cover non-scaffolding operative career training, business, which can be put towards the cost of a wide variety of courses – for example, health and safety, HGV, design, accountancy … in fact, any role that will help support NASC members run their business.

Click here to view current vacancies at NASC member companies, through which ex-Forces personnel can access the NASC Armed Forces training fund.

If you are looking for more information, advice about scaffolding industry career opportunities or would like to be put in touch with an NASC member in your area, please email NASC training officer Henry Annafi or call 020 7822 7400.


Why scaffolding? 

The scaffolding industry can provide you with a safe, satisfying and secure long-term career, giving you the opportunity to: 

  • work as part of a close-knit team 
  • keep fit 
  • gain an internationally recognised vocational qualification 
  • earn a very attractive salary* 
  • progress to becoming your own boss and running your own company 
  • progress into other related sectors, such as project management, health and safety, and design.

Well-paid jobs are available for scaffolding operatives in a wide number of sectors across the UK, such as house building, construction, petro-chemical, industrial, events as well as oil and gas, both onshore and offshore in the UK and internationally.

* Wages vary across sectors and regions. Typically, a qualified scaffolder working in London can earn more than £200 per day.


About the NASC

The NASC is the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – established in 1945 and now serving a family of 250+ leading contracting firms, scaffolding suppliers and manufacturers.

The Confederation produces a wide range of industry-recognised safety and technical guidance for scaffolding contractors, their operatives and their clients – accepted as the industry standard by the HSE, Build UK, the CITB and principal contractors alike.

NASC members are audited before and during their membership, to a set of demanding criteria, ensuring the highest possible standards are met, conforming to our NASC Criteria, Code of Conduct and the Code of Practice for scaffolding products. It is these high standards of our members’ access solutions that are recognised by construction industry leaders, who continue to stipulate that companies working in access and scaffolding must be NASC members.

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