Nelson-based Training 2000, the largest group training association (GTA) in England, has delivered its first Level 2 Scaffolding Apprenticeship to a group of six learners.
The new qualification, accredited by the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), is the only course of its kind to be delivered in the area and has provided the learners with the opportunity to work for a number of reputable employers whilst obtaining foundation knowledge so they can progress to Scaffolder status.
Each apprentice has completed 18 months of block release training which involves practical and technical learning of the scaffolding industry, whilst the Apprenticeship also covers safe erection and dismantling of basic structures, the correct use of harnesses, fall prevention methods and safe working practices.
18-year-old Karl Barton who has completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship, said: “Doing this qualification has been a great experience and I feel proud to be one of the first learners to gain a Level 2 in Scaffolding with Training 2000. It’s great that I have been given the opportunity to further my skills and work on scaffolding projects across a range of industries.”
Phil Harding, scaffolding instructor and assessor, added: “All six apprentices have made excellent progress throughout their qualification and have shown that they have the ability to progress to scaffolder status.
“Scaffolding is a service trade that is relied upon to provide safe access which is why there will always be demand from industries such as construction, power as well as the housing market.
“Having this accreditation during a time of such high demand will ensure these apprentices are well equipped with the necessary training as well as a nationally recognised qualification to develop their future careers.”