/ Rope Access - How do I get into it?
Is the much scope for work around the sheffield/manchester area?
Is it fairly flexible? Ie can I work long stints and then take a month off to go to Alaska or wherever?
If you have a trade like Painter/blaster, electrician, plater, welder, bricklayer, pipefitter then the money can be good offshore.
A good place to start is www.rigg-access.com and www.irata.org
What about window cleaning? Do you need an additional qualification for that?
Drop me an email if you have any questions or want some further information.
None. Other than I've bailed off a few big routes and rigged the odd bridge swing, which I imagine counts for bugger all.
CAN will take you on fresh out the box. No trades or anything. You will be doing a wide variety of jobs. Usually quite interesting and on some reasonably exciting buildings, with good access. |Don't expect great money though. Once you have experience you can move on to better pay, options of doing some trades, etc etc.
Better to look at something like geothechnical stabilisation which involves netting and pinning rock and soil slopes.It is heavy work but quite easy to pick up. Companies like Can,Abcas,Rock Solutions, Vertical Technology .
There are plenty of other employers out there is you have skills with tools doing building maintenance or work in heavy industry like powerstations and refineries.
You will want to look at the ECITB site safety passport(refineries and powerstations) and cscs card for general construction sites.
Another avenue is the wind industry, blade repaire and turbine construction are big areas at the moment.
Oh and get used to the saying, 'its not what you know, its who you know'
How much wage are we talking about?
How would I get into that? I don't have any expirence. Don't mind graft though.
> How much wage are we talking about?
£7-8 an hour.
Do you have to pay for training? Is 40 hours a week likely?
Any other job I can do? Need to be flexible and pay reasonably well.
I might try and get a job stacking shelves in Aldi.
F**kin ell, i used to get that in 2001 !! Better to get a job in Tesco.
> F**kin ell, i used to get that in 2001 !! Better to get a job in Tesco.
It might have gone up, just what i heard when chatting to a few guys in Manchester.
My degree is in marketing...
My interests include climbing and critising the designs of climbing gear.
I would like a flexible job that doesn't require to be away from home lots. I have a strong work ethic, when at work.
It would be good to earn a reasonable but not massive wage.
> I would like a flexible job that doesn't require to be away from home lots.
Forgot rope access then! Unless you are very lucky, like me ;-)
Tom - I know someone who may be running a Level 1 (I think) course in April/May. He's been in the business for a good while so may be able to answer your questions or even get you on a course. Who knows. Drop me a line if you want to know more.
Try the BWEA website for contacts, there are also a number of jobs at IRATA and Rigg-Access as well.
Get a Linked In profile set up, there are numerous rope access groups and pages with plenty of job adverts.
Alaska? I'd go for the big window cleaning jobs in the middle east, much warmer!
> None. Other than I've bailed off a few big routes and rigged the odd bridge swing, which I imagine counts for bugger all.
Had a chat with the old man whilst I was over and he says they could well be interested in having a chat with you. Apparently having a degree is highly desirable for them too, they have at least one tech (also an alpinist/climber) who has a history degree and no other experience. They're an NDT outfit and will get you industry wide qualifications. Like I say, it will involve time away from home, however.
> Tom - I know someone who may be running a Level 1 (I think) course in April/May. He's been in the business for a good while so may be able to answer your questions or even get you on a course. Who knows. Drop me a line if you want to know more.
No offense, but you say that as if level 1 courses are rare? And that you getting him on the course would be doing him a favour. There are courses run every week, up and down the country, finding one is not hard. Neither is passing your level 1 incidentally.
He doesn't need a joiner with 22 years site experience does he? ;)
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