Sir, I recently completed a Part One Scaffolding course at National Construction College East that was paid for by my company. I attended the course on the assumption that I would be trained to current regulations such as Work at Height and the new scaffold guidance TG20.05.
It was a two-week course and at no time was I informed about the new scaffold standards that have been in use for a number of months, while I received only limited information regarding working at height.
The literature presented on the course was not only out of date but identical to the material that was given to my colleague on the same course approximately three years ago.
I would have thought that the college would be the first organisation to have up to date information and be the first ones to teach it, considering the cost of the course fee and the vast amount that companies pay for their levy.
I would have benefited more by going to WH Smith and buying the standards in book form and reading them myself.
When I asked the instructor about the new regulations, he said that CITB was still working to the BS5973 and that there was no updated literature available.
He also said that he did not know when they would be produced or when they would begin to teach them.
This caused much confusion, since the companies we are working for have been trained to the new standards and expect us to work to them ? the reason my company sent me to attend the course.
'Very confused scaffolder'