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The NASC President’s “New Apprenticeship Challenge” to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year term continues – and includes NASC member Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd amongst the list of 10 other NASC member companies which are sponsoring the challenge’s charitable element in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).

In total 11 charities sponsoring NASC member companies are collectively donating £110 to TCT for each new apprentice started by an NASC member up to the target number, potentially raising £44,000 at the end of the challenge in November 2015.

NASC President Kevin Ward, a former scaffolding apprentice himself, unveiled his ambitious scheme at the NASC AGM back in 2013, which is when he revealed that The Teenage Cancer Trust would be a beneficiary of the challenge.

At the time, Kevin Ward announced the good news and provided an update on the scheme’s progress at the confederation’s AGM in Manchester. The apprentice numbers reached the 200 mark, equating to more than £22,000 raised for The Teenage Cancer Trust, at the halfway point.

Mr Ward said:

“I am delighted at the progress so far in terms of new apprentices being taken by our members. However regardless of any success in terms of numbers to date I know there’s a long way to go before we can consider the challenge a success – so I want to encourage all NASC members to continue to recruit new scaffolding apprentices over the coming year.

“I am very grateful for the generous support and also delighted to welcome Access Solutions Scaffolding Ltd to the growing list of member companies sponsoring the charitable side of this challenge – which is a fantastic and very worthy cause indeed. If any members wish to join them by becoming sponsors they would be very welcome and should initially contact Jamie McGuire at NASC HQ.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust West Midlands, said:

“We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its sponsor members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help support young people with cancer so they don’t have to face diagnosis alone.”

The NASC’s President’s apprenticeship scheme has the backing of the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP. Mr Hancock said:

“Apprentices are at the heart of the Government’s drive to equip people of all ages with the skills employers need to grow and compete. Research shows Apprenticeships are good for people, good for the economy, and help employers build a loyal and competent workforce. We rely on employers offering opportunities, so I welcome your support of the Apprenticeships programme in making this new commitment.”

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