Training and Qualifications for the Industry
There are three qualifications available specifically to the Steeplejack and Lightning Protection sector:
S/NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Steeplejack
S/NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Lightning Conductor Engineer
S/NVQ Level 3 Accessing Operations and Rigging (Construction) Lightning Protective Systems Inspection and Testing
There are several ways in which companies can up-skill their existing workforce and help them to complete their S/NVQ Level 2 or Level 3, either via an Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA), On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT), or Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUP). Further information, including course outlines and details of how to apply can be found in the training information sheet.
For information on how to gain the relevant CSCS card once an operative has achieved their qualification visit the CSCS website.
Training Courses for SLPTG members
SLPTG also organises sector-specific training courses for its members including Anchors for Steeplejacks and Working at Height for Lightning Conductor Engineers, which are CSCS card requirement.
Courses are organised throughout the year at a low-cost fee or free of charge for SLPTG members. Details of current courses and dates can be viewed on the courses and events.
Companies registered with CITB can claim a grant for carrying out training and obtaining qualifications for their employees, and in some cases their labour only sub-contractors. The CITB grant is available to all levy-registered employers in the UK whose levy payments are up to date. Employers who are in-scope, but fall below the Levy threshold of £80,000 will not be required to pay a levy, however will be able to access a grant on completion of a Levy return form.
If you are carrying out training for your workforce, you can claim a CITB grant for attendance and achievements on a wide range of courses including:
Technical and professional courses
Short duration off-the-job training
Site Safety Plus
More information can be found on CITB.