Scaffolder Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Scaffolding being erected

Scaffolding apprenticeships

We are experts at training those who work on sites to become qualified as a scaffolder, enabling career progress into supervisory roles, site safety inspectors and scaffolding design.

By learning at our expert facility The Manchester College in Wythenshawe, Manchester, we have the right equipment and industry professionals for the highest quality training.

A scaffolding apprenticeship can enable progression into gang supervisors, site safety inspection or scaffolding design.

For those already qualified, we also offer CPD courses that are CISRS-approved to ensure team members remain qualified. 

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Sector insights

Workforce challenges

 a shortage of qualified workers puts pressure on projects 

Technology advancements

CAD design and real-time monitoring for H&S


3d printing of structures and self-erecting scaffolding 

Apprenticeship training for scaffolder sector


This apprenticeship will equip learners with a robust set of skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to work successfully as a Scaffolder.

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship the Scaffolder will be eligible to apply for a CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) Scaffolder card.

On this programme you’ll learn:

  • Health & Safety, regulations and codes of practice
  • Equipment – tube and fittings
  • Boards and stock
  • Electrical Safety
  • Noise and vibration
  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • Various types of scaffold and scaffold inspection

Length of programme:

15 months 

Scaffolding Continual Professional Development Courses

The scaffolding industry demands a high level of safety awareness and technical knowledge. To stay ahead of the curve and ensure the well-being of yourself and others on site, continual professional development (CPD) is essential.

This section offers a range of CISRS-approved courses designed to update your skills on the latest legislation, best practices, and technical innovations.

CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS)

Costing: £180
Delivery: 1 day

CISRS Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Costing: £450
Delivery: 2 days

The learning experience

Industry expert coaches 

Free access to an online learning library 

Free Microsoft 365 account during study

Free student discount card

Learn in a state-of-the-art facility

Individual coaching and mentoring sessions

Close-up of a scaffolder apprentice

Are you an employer?

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of upskilling your teams to have the right knowledge and behaviours to enable future success, through your people.

Delivery can also be tailored to your organisation's learning and development needs, with expertise in navigating the skills system and funding to get the most out of apprenticeships.

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Apprenticeship funding

Understanding how to fund apprenticeships can seem complicated. As experts, we can guide you through the process and help you to make the most of funding options that are available to you, either as an SME or a larger Levy-paying organisation. 

Funding explained
Slides showing the apprenticeship levy process
A scaffolder on a construction site

Employer support

Are you looking for more information on how apprenticeships can benefit your business?

We have a wealth of resources available to help guide you through the process and explain how we can support you at every step.

Apprenticeships explained

Success with Total People


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Learner satisfaction


Increased job satisfaction

Frequently asked questions

Contact us using this form and select employer enquiry.

We will then be in touch to gather your requirements and discuss the best approach to get your vacancy live.

On our website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website, which is  a national online recruitment system. 

It’s managed by us. Once we have your information, we’ll add  your vacancy to the National Apprenticeship Service website and monitor the number of applications.

We’ll  firstly filter the applications based on  what you’re looking for in a candidate. To comply with regulations, the applications will be sent via a secure file sharing system. 

Just let us know the name of the person and we’ll arrange a meeting with you to organise their apprenticeship programme.

We can always extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date. 

You’re not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you’ll have to make sure they’re signed up to an apprenticeship programme with Total People. 

In addition,  we’ll promote your vacancy for free in our weekly applicant newsletter and highlight the vacancy on our homepage carousel.  We’ll also promote your vacancy on our social media channels.