Apprenticeship Case Study
Simian offers a range of training approaches for individuals already working in, or considering a career in scaffolding.
One route which can be a great option and suits many of those starting out on a career in scaffolding, is to undertake an Apprenticeship. There are numerous benefits to apprenticeships and with the recent introduction of the Apprenticeship levy, we hope to see an increase in the take up of Apprenticeships in the scaffolding sector and in other industries too.
Steve Teare, who is now a Scaffolding Safety Advisor, and qualified CISRS Advanced Scaffolder, was once an Apprentice at Simian and has gone on to pursue a successful career in the industry.
He believes starting out as an Apprentice and benefiting from real, practical experience alongside training from a leading Apprenticeship provider was the key to starting out on a path to a varied and rewarding career in the industry.
Steve Teare's story
Steve embarked on a career in scaffolding as soon as he left school at the age of sixteen, as he wished to start working and earning straight away. He went to work for the Liverpool based scaffolding company, Summit Marine Scaffolding, where his Dad worked at the time, and spent the first six months learning the ropes, gaining some work experience and an understanding of what the trade involves. After a few months he knew he had made the right decision regarding his career path and so enrolled on an Apprenticeship with Simian Risk.
He continued to work while attending Apprenticeship training and quickly progressed. Two years later he had completed his Apprenticeship and continued to work for the same scaffolding company as a qualified Scaffolder.
I would recommend the Apprenticeship route to anyone. I had a foot in the door from a young age, was gaining on-site experience all the time while training and I was earning money too. I know other people who have stayed in education and although that is great for lots of people, I also know some who have huge student debts and haven’t found it easy to find work.
Once I had completed my Apprenticeship, I was lucky to spend the next few years gaining industry experience. I travelled and worked on domestic and commercial projects as well as petrochemical sites and at shipyards and consider myself to be lucky that the work was very varied.
As he was working as a Scaffolder, Steve proactively signed up to study for the NEBOSH Certificate at night school and a short time later, he was the proud holder of the TECH IOSH grade of membership with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the world’s most renowned ‘trade body’ for safety professionals. He was familiar with Simian as they provided the training on his Apprenticeship, and he also knew from his years working in the scaffolding industry, that Simian are an industry leader with a reputation as a supportive employer which invests in the progression of its staff. He sent his CV across and soon after was offered a role as a Scaffolding Inspector.
Since joining Simian, Steve has carried out scaffolding inspections across the length and breadth of the UK.
He has also completed further development training with Simian and has moved in to his current role as a Scaffold Health & Safety Advisor. He still carries out scaffolding inspections, but has a much broader role which includes carrying out audits, face-to-face meetings with clients and delivering some training.
Simian Scaffolding Apprenticeship Scheme
Simian is included on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP). Our listing on the register demonstrates the high standard of training we offer to apprentices.
We offer part-time and full-time scaffolding apprenticeship options. Our apprenticeship course offers a clear training route to qualify as a CISRS scaffolder and obtain the CISRS cards which are sought after by employers.