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Qatari public health authority visits Simian’s Waltham Forest training centre

February 18th, 2019

At the end of January, the Simian team had the privilege of welcoming officials from the Qatari government’s health authority, Ashghal, at Simian’s Waltham Forest Training Centre, previously managed by the NCC.

This visit was a pivotal moment for the world of scaffolding safety as Ashghal are an organisation that has put significant focus on the necessity of CISRS training for operatives across all major scaffolding projects within the region.

The team at Simian were joined by representatives from CISRS to welcome Ashghal officials to the centre. Officials were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, followed by a presentation from CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley, who discussed the history of the CISRS within the UK, as well as the expansion of international training scheme OSTS, which has been making significant strides in improving scaffolding safety and productivity overseas.

Speaking on the day, Manager of Ashghal’s Quality and Safety Department, Khalid Al-Emadi, said: “I would like to thank Simian and CISRS for inviting us to meet with them at the Waltham Forest training centre. It was great to hear about how the internationally-renowned training provided to scaffolders in the UK is being rolled out across the globe via the CISRS OSTS scheme.

We’re keen to ensure the highest safety standards and working practices are in place on all major projects overseen by Ashghal, which currently includes the delivery of more than £20 billion of construction in the next five to seven years. CISRS OSTS is central to this goal and we are delighted to add a requirement for CISRS OSTS training in our tender process for all scaffolding works.”

Ian Fyall, Overseas Operations Director at Simian International added: “We were delighted to welcome Ashghal to our new training centre and explain how we’re delivering a variety of CISRS scaffolding courses at various locations in the UK, as well as CISRS OSTS courses with local partners in Africa, India, China and the Middle East.”

Find out more about Simian International’s work overseas on our international training page and find out more about the Waltham Forest Training Centre on our blog.