BLACKBURN-based Training 2000 has added another course to its growing range of qualifications.

A 20-month, level two apprenticeship in scaffolding is now available, offering people a thorough grounding in associated skills.

The course, delivered to apprentices already employed by a scaffolding company as a labourer or trainee scaffolder, covers the safe erection and dismantling of basic scaffold structures as well as the correct use of a harness, fall prevention methods and also maths and English.

Apprentices on the course will also be given an introduction to building methods and construction technology and taught about manual handling and safe working practices in the construction industry.

The course will be managed by Alan Winward, who has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry across a range of sectors, including the management of several petro/chemical projects and nuclear power stations.

Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, said: “The Government’s commitment to providing new housing in 2013 and subsequent years is great news for these apprentices.

“Not only will they swell the workforce at a time when their skills will be in high demand, but they will also be well trained and qualified to deliver a really professional service.”