The announcement, made at NASC’s annual ball at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on Friday November 27, comes in conjunction with the ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ backed by the Confederation’s President, Kevin Ward.
The scheme, launched following Mr Ward’s inauguration as President in November 2013, has not only surpassed its original target of creating 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two-year tenure but has also raised £58,057 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Mr Ward, who was once a scaffolding apprentice himself, said: “When I took on the role of NASC President, I challenged the members to achieve a couple fantastic goals during my two-year term – to create a minimum of 400 new CISRS apprenticeships and raise much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. And I am very pleased to report that we have not only succeeded in reaching the 400 target, but actually surpassed it, creating 553 new apprentices, and raised over £58,000 for TCT.
“I would like to thank all NASC member companies who took part in the challenge. They have not only given these enthusiastic young people a great career opportunity in the scaffolding industry, but in the process have invested in the future of their businesses. And special mention must go to NASC member companies, Seabro, Interserve Industrial Services and Connect Scaffolding, who created 92 apprentices between them.
“I’d also like to thank all NASC members who have donated money to this worthy cause (TCT), with additional thanks to the member companies who stepped in and directly sponsored the charitable side of the challenge.”
Michelle Aucott, regional fundraising manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help to support young people with cancer, so they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone.”