Scaffolder (level 2)
Putting up and taking down scaffolding, to allow workers to reach higher levels of buildings and structures safely.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Construction and the built environment
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Make adequate provision for the safety of themselves, the workforce, the public affected by scaffolding work, and future users of the scaffold structure by working to the relevant British and European Standards, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) guidance e.g. Technical Guidance (TG)20 (Good Practice guidance for Tube and fitting Scaffolding Safety Guidance, SG4, (Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations) SG6 (Manual Handling in the Scaffolding Industry) and statutory regulations
- Visually inspect and select serviceable materials such as; tubes, boards and fittings
- Carry, raise, lower and use scaffold materials correctly and safely on a working platform
- Visually inspect, select, assemble and install prefabricated beams into scaffold structures
- Support scaffold protection fans according to requirements of current industry practice
- Erect scaffolds on pavements and public places safely and correctly, with regard to Local Authority regulations
- Install spurs and rakers within the correct operating angles. Attach check fittings, droppers and puncheons in the correct positions to scaffolds
- Install anchor ties and other specialist fixings to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Testing and reporting in accordance with TG4 Anchorage Systems for Scaffolding
- Select, space, install and test the correct number of ties to restrain sheeted and unsheeted scaffolds to current industry practices
- Determine the material requirements for independent and putlog scaffolds with returns, towers and birdcages up to three lifts high. Lay out materials, set out scaffolds and overcome obstacles to erect scaffolds safely
- Determine the materials required to set out, erect and dismantle in a safe sequence
- Inspect gin wheels for serviceability, position and fix securely, reeve, rope, tie knots and correctly use gin wheel to haul up scaffold tubes, boards and fittings. Take down gin wheel and coil rope
- Inspect basic scaffolds prior to handover
Full information on Scaffolder (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
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