How to choose a scaffold shrink wrap training company
I hace written before how the scaffold shrinkwrap market is fairly unregulated in that there are no official ‘card schemes’ for shrink-wrapping as you might find for many other construction trades. This means it is important to do your own research.
Thoughts from a scaffold shrink wrap trainer
OK, over the years I have certainly seen the good, the bad and the ugly of scaffold shrink wrap training!
The difference between the companies that have learnt the skills and gone on to do great things and those that have failed comes down to people.
- The management
If you are reading this because you are considering getting your own team trained up then you need to give them time yo learn.
Another situation to avoid is taking on a large scaffold shrink wrap project immediately after the training session. Again, I have seen it happen, more than once, where the day after training, the boss sends his scaffold team to encapsulate a huge temporary roof. Don’t do it! If you have a big project, ask the trainer to come back and work alongside your guys for a couple of days.
2. The team
They need to care! On more than one occasion I have been carrying out some ‘on the job’ scaffold shrink wrap training with a team of scaffolders. Working on a ‘live’ job is always more challenging for the trainer than a training structure as there may be two groups of scaffolders working on different parts of the scaffold. As the day wears on, the scaffolders are getting on with it and rather than stand around I’ll get stuck in as well. However, come 3pm, they disappear in a cloud of smoke.
How much should you pay for a scaffold shrink wrap training? / How much will a scaffold shrink wrap training course cost.
The million dollar question.
There is no doubt that the cost of shrink wrap training has been coming down in recent years.
Some scaffolders have questioned why we charge for training at all? They reason that if we train them, they will buy materials and equipment from us.
Whilst there is a certain logic there, also bear in mind we are enabling you to introduce a new profitable service into your company. We always use the most experienced people from our company.
Our thinking is we don’t want to make a profit from our shrink wrap training but we don’t want to make a loss either. That is why we charge £595 for the first day and £295 / day thereafter. That covers our labour, travel and accommodation costs and insurance.
The pricing assumes that you will also be buying a start up kit of some kind.
What else will you need to get started?
For an in depth exploration of scaffold shrink wrapping materials & equipment you should check out this article; ‘What Materials & Equipment Do I Need to Start Scaffold Shrink Wrapping?’
However, as a quick overview, you will need
Scaffold Shrink Wrap Film – generally supplied as a 7m x 15m roll, which weighs around 30Kg. Typically white in colour and 300 microns thick. Flame retardant.
Shrink Wrapping Tape – used for patching small holes and sealing around any areas where protrusions stick through the shrink wrap film (try and avoid this).
Scaffold Clips – used to temporarily hold shrink wrap sheeting in position. After the sheet has been welded and shrunk off ‘drum tight’, these clips can be removed.
Shrink Wrapping Hot Air Gun – the essential piece of equipment required for shrink wrapping. Uses propane gas to create a flame which generates the hot air required to weld sheets of scaffold wrap together and heat shrink drum tight.
Safety Gloves – These need to be welders gauntlets, typically leather.
Once again, this has been quite a long article. Apologies! The key thing to remember for scaffold shrink wrap training is that if you only have the very occasional job that needs shrink wrapping it is probably best to sub-contract the fitting of the shrink wrap scaffold sheeting to a specialist installation team.
If, however, you want to bring this service ‘in house’ and turn it into a profitable part of your business you should make sure that you have a team who will be committed to making the best job of it. Unlike traditional style scaffold sheeting, getting a shrink wrap job looking good will be different on every job and needs some planning and an eye for detail. If you have the team then look for a training provider who will provide a really experienced scaffold shrink wrap installer to support your guys for at least your first couple of jobs.
The best scaffold shrink wrap training course involves a combination of learning the basic skills off site and then implementing the skills on a live project.