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Simian Launches Layher Scaffolding Apprenticeship Scheme

30th October 2020

We’re delighted to announce the introduction of a Layher scaffolding apprenticeship to our scaffolding training portfolio.

As many will know, the Layher® Allround system is widely regarded as the world’s premier system scaffold and its use has increased exponentially in the UK over the past couple of decades and in many instances, scaffolding businesses using the system are converts from the more traditional tube and fitting scaffolding.

Layher scaffolding apprenticeships

The apprenticeship scheme, fully supported by Layher UK, will start in early 2021 with candidates progressing to become qualified Layher Scaffolders in the early part of 2023.

In addition to the benefit of gaining a more skilled workforce, employers taking on a Layher apprentice could also benefit to the tune of as much as £2k per apprentice* signed up, as per the Government’s current apprentice employer’s incentive. There is no upper age limit for apprentices, but employers of those aged over 25 will receive £1.5k per apprentice.

To launch the initiative, we’re hosting 2 apprentice assessment days, one in the North, at our Warrington Centre and one in the South, at our Waltham Forest Centre.

  • Warrington – 30 November 2020
  • Waltham Forest – 03 December 2020

The assessment days will be used to provide information on how the scheme works on what the various parties can expect from one another, and to assess the suitability of candidates to enter the apprenticeship programme and will include an assessment of their ability in English and Maths

Speaking of the initiative, Simon Hughes, MD at Simian said: “We’re really pleased that our proposed Layher apprenticeship programme is starting to gain traction and it’s another very exciting addition to the scaffolding training courses that we deliver.

In terms of Layher, there will now be three routes to becoming qualified, and the apprenticeship programme will add to the existing traditional part one and two routes and the System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) route.

It’s vital that we get the support of Layher users for this initiative, so I’d like to personally ask Layher-using employers and would-be apprentices to consider this route. We’re very hopeful that the Government apprentice incentive scheme grant of up to *£2k per employee, in addition to any other grants that are payable, will encourage sign ups. This means that in addition to the financial benefit, employers will also receive the benefit of an upskilled workforce.”

Employers or individuals interested in finding out more, should email us on

 *Apprentices must be signed up by 31 January 2021.