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  1. NDT covers a variety of different subjects, with most of them paying more than rigging - which NDT discipline are you doing? OPITO is a global standard and recognized everywhere, the Level 2 training is 'hands on' and can be done by anyone who has passed the L1 theory. The L2 will allow you to work under supervision on rigging projects - once you have enough experience you can take your L3 rigger training and exam.
  2. There is no entertainment industry in the UK right now due to COVID. I left there in June as it was totally dead, it is even worse now. Pay rates will be down on industry start up as there are few jobs and too many people competing for them.
  3. I've used AIA years ago for rigging jobs so would imagine they would also cover rope access by now. Its a very safe industry and well established so they've had a long time to work out there stats on working out their policies.
  4. Entertainment industry all over the planet is on its knees right now. Expect less salary and less time off when compared to oil and gas. Its compensated tho by the better lifestyle when you are on the road.
  5. I've heard various rumours over the years of an amalgamation but can't see it in all honesty. IRATA is aligning more with the Australians at present. In general though i can see all the different associations eventually getting more and more like easch other. The IRATA system is the most successful out of the whole bunch so it makes sense for the others to cherry pick the good bits and add them to their own specific setups.
  6. The wind has better support, back support in particular so it's a bit more comfortable when sitting in it for longer periods.
  7. June 19th is a good time to get going, gives you the best chance of getting a start right at the beginning of the busy season. There has been a big increase in rope / ndt work being offered everywhere so it's a good time to be getting in on it.
  8. The skills in demand are: Blade Inspection / Blade Repair, Electrical skills (preferably apprenticeship trained), Inspection (NDT etc) Rigging / Lifting. In addition to that, you will need the basic GWO package on top of that. You have your IRATA level one but if you don't use it within 6 months you will need refresher training - the clock is ticking for that one.
  9. That harness does look too bad looks quite new actually. Small bit of corrosion like that isn't so much of an issue.
  10. Its worth it, not only for that project but for all others all over the world. There are a serious amount of wind farms being constructed. Europe is a windy part of the world and the UK is one of the windiest parts of Europe, with constant wind speeds for most of the year. There is more information on phase 3 here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornsea_Wind_Farm
  11. wind energy is an ever expanding market and it makes good sense to get into it reasonably early - there is a lot of investment going into this all over the world. Altitec or Maersk are both top trainers. Repair side of the market is always looking for people.
  12. No one can answer this, its two years in the future when you need the advice. Your work environment is going to change so much in the next few months you need to be concentrating on the here and now and not looking forward too much. Keep your head down, do your work as best you can, listen to your team and follow the instructions of your manage / supervisors.
  13. Norfolk is a hub for the industry, there are companies looking for techs but you have to have the skills / qualifications to offer them. You have a good electrical background so concentrate on that to transfer your skills. You have zero chance of getting a start unless you have industry specific training and quals. As admin said, you need full GWOs then a marketable skill that an employer is looking for.
  14. It'll take you about 3 years to get to a L3. L3s represent about 20% of the total registered techs so you should see work coming in - the hard part is maintaining your cash during that period, it'll be hard with commitments, mortgage, wife , kids et al
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