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Case Study – From Security to Scaffolding

16th April 2021

23-year-old, Marcus, a resident of Waltham Forest, is well on his way to becoming a qualified Scaffolder, after a career-shift from security to scaffolding.

Marcus was attending a specialist security course at our LASC centre in Waltham Forest, when he noticed that scaffolding training was also taking place in the centre. A brief conversation with a member of the Simian team ensued and from that point, Marcus was determined that scaffolding was the career for him.

Marcus completing part 2 scaffolding training

Fast forward a short time and this week, Marcus was again at the centre, completing the Part 2a element of his Scaffolding Apprenticeship.

Speaking of his Apprenticeship, Marcus said: “In addition to the scaffolding qualification, I am also improving my English and Maths skills, which form part of the apprenticeship. I now have a far better understanding of teamwork, and my communication skills have improved a huge amount. I am now on a totally different career path to the one I was on in my previous job and I would definitely recommend a career in scaffolding to others in the Borough.”

Neil Bewick, Centre Manager at LASC said: “It’s really rewarding to see young people like Marcus progressing so well through the Apprenticeship. There remains a significant skills gap for qualified Scaffolders in the Waltham Forest area, but also in the wider London area and even nationally. Working in scaffolding is certainly demanding, but at the same time, it is very rewarding and offers very real progression prospects. Who knows, we may even see Marcus back here one day as an Instructor!”

Apprenticeships are open to anyone, regardless of gender or age and what’s more, the Government is currently offering incentives to those employing apprentices, so whether you’re an employer or someone who is looking to get into scaffolding – let us know how we can assist by calling 0345 6022418 or by emailing