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Fully Funded Scaffolding Training!

5th April 2022

This funding stream has now ended and is no longer available – 01/01/23.

We have secured a limited amount of skills training funding for those that either live, work or are employed in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area, and this can be used for CISRS Part One, Two and Advanced Scaffolder Training.

The funding, secured via North West Skills Academy Limited (NWSA) and GMCA, will be used upskill Greater Manchester’s workforce, and the application process is open to any individual who has a current CISRS card, ranging from CISRS COTS to Part 2.

Fully funded scaffolding training

NWSA was awarded the funding by Greater Manchester Combined Authority as part of its three-year Skills for Growth programme. Skills for Growth is funded through the European Social Fund and aims to plug the skills gaps in priority sectors across Greater Manchester as outlined in the Combined Authority’s Local Industrial Strategy. For more info on the fund, search #SkillsForGrowthGM.

Sam Riley, CEO of NWSA, said, “We’re excited at the opportunity of expanding our offering into scaffolding, which is a new initiative for us. SIMIAN is the largest and most renowned provider of CISRS training in the region and we’re delighted that working with them will give NWSA the opportunity to bring direct skills benefits to the employers and residents of the GMCA area.”

Speaking of the initiative, Natalie Hadfield, Apprenticeship Manager at SIMIAN, said, “We’re thrilled to have been able to tap into this upskilling fund, as it gives GMCA residents and workers the opportunity to progress, with the potential of having increased earning capability. It’s a small piece of good news in what has generally been a very challenging couple of years for almost everybody.”

The funded is strictly limited to those living, working or employing in the following Greater Manchester postcode areas.

BL1, BL2, BL3, BL4, BL5, BL6, BL8, BL9
M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M17, M18, M19, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M29, M30, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35, M38, M40, M41, M43, M44, M45, M46, M50, M90
OL1, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL5, OL6, OL7, OL8, OL9, OL10, OL11, OL15, OL16
SK1, SK2, SK3, SK4, SK5, SK6, SK7, SK8, SK9, SK14, SK15, SK16
WA14, WA15
WN1, WN2, WN3, WN4, WN5, WN7

If you are interested in applying, please follow this link to express your interest, and to choose your preferred course and date. Please ensure the form is fully completed, as incomplete forms will be rejected. Please note that telephone or email applications will not be accepted, and that all information provided within the survey and at any other stage of the application process will be subject to validation. We therefore reserve the right to request further information for validation purposes and to decline applications without further dialogue.

When your completed application form has been received, it will be checked to ensure accuracy and eligibility to attend. Successful applicants will be notified by email, and they will then receive a full application form, which will contain specific terms and conditions relating to the booking.

Spaces are limited, and this offer may be withdrawn at any time.

About the European Social Fund

This project receives funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit