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  1. Your 'first time' on the ropes is a lot less important than what it is you actually do once the worksite is accessed. First time Rope Access techs, with zero industry experience, zero marketable skills etc will always be bottom of the rung - someone with your skils and experience shouldn't really see too many problems in gaining employment within the Rope Access industry. Rates with the Rope Access ticket will always be higher than what you'd achieve without it.
  2. Coded Rope Access welders are well paid and there is a lot of work out there in general. Coded welders are used less in turbine work but there is still work available.
  3. That sounds like a right blast Cylinders..! How are you finding the meditation? Is it really as good as I've heard?
  4. Good to see you back Cylinders!
  5. What a great post..! We try to describe in the CPack its attitude that counts. Getting into Rope Access with the correct attitude can work wonders, combine this with networking with others on each job site and you have created the conditions for gaining a head start over the competition.
  6. Firstly try contacting the companies directly from the map here: https://www.rigg-access.com/map/companies/index.asp?T=Rope-Access-Companies-Map&mapview=ropeaccess Then make automatic speculative job enquiries using your personnel account here: https://www.rigg-access.com/admin/personnel/speculative-job-enquiry-match.asp Then try a job match to see if yous skills line up with any previous requests here: https://www.rigg-access.com/admin/personnel/job-match.asp
  7. Rope Access welders are paid decent rates (depending on codings) and are in demand in most global locations. Rope Access skills are used in most countries around the world now and there's a huge market for Rope Access in the UK so it is a valid option for you.
  8. Have you tried AIA..? https://www.aia.com.sg/en/our-products/life-protection.html
  9. Rope Access live demand by region is here: https://rigg-access.com/admin/personnel/regional-skills-demand.asp Global skills demand is here: https://rigg-access.com/admin/personnel/global-skills-demand.asp Electrician (COMPEX) is always in demand, as are welders and pipefitters. NDT pays good rates and offers a multitude of different career options. Painting blasting is popular but very weather dependent and there's a lot of competition. As I said earlier, your IRATA L2 wont really give you much of an edge finding work, whilst it's always good to move up a level don't upg
  10. Hi Colin welcome to the forum! Your IRATA level doesn't really dictate what type of job you are going to end up with, unless it's a Level 3 in which case you could either be doing the job that you've trained for ie a trade, or supervising a rope access job. Your 'other' skills are what will get you a job - do you have any trade experience behind you? What other skills / qualifications do you have that would benefit an employer?
  11. I think drones will increase in their popularity but there will always be a need for human intervention at some stage of the way. As for food delivery, yes, I can see that happpening more often too but there will always be situations where it just wont be possible to deliver to everyone, so a human will need to take over - Singapore (My most favourite city!) is a great example, it would be impossible to deliver to everyone in that city.
  12. It's a very rewarding job, the training is very enjoyable too.!
  13. I'm glad I could help.! For training companies, see our main website here: https://www.rigg-access.com/map/companies/index.asp?mapview=ropeaccesstrainer You can see operational companies (who employ techs) by selecting it from the drop down list on the page above. There are a lot of other resources in the main site that you can use for more information, I'd encourage you to take a look around. In addition to the above, there's a Facebook group here which will be a big help for you for inspiration and guidance: https://www.facebook.com/womeninropeaccess We're availabl
  14. Hi Claudia Welcome to the forum! There are a lot of women working in Rope Access, not a huge amount by percentage but enough all the same to let you know that what you are asking is achievable. Like most careers, Rope Access depends on what other skills you can bring to the table, however, that may not necessarily just be qualifications or experience - what is almost as important is having the right mindset to achieve your aims. You seem to have that 'go for it' attitude which is really important - starting from the bottom is difficult, tough even, but still achievable with
  15. Hi there, welcome to the forum! There are a great many others out there who have started exactly the way you have - some of them stick at it and make a success out of it and others give up after a certain period of time. Transitioning from any career is difficult but not at all impossible, it boils down to your own personal attitude and aptitude to change. You have established engineering technical skills in your existing job that would help in your transition so that puts you at a slight advantage over someone coming in from a different background. You ask if its worth it? Only you
  16. You'll find it way easier to find lower level Rope Access work then build yourself up from there. Theres a lot of chances in Rope Access geotechnical work and building maintenance etc. Its lower paid, more competition but easier to find work. You'll soon find after coming out of your blade care course you'll be competing with fibreglass guys that have been using that medium to repair stuff for years, they'll have a natural advantage over you. As with any career change, you can't short cut your way to a high paying job - you'll need to build up at it, add to your personal networks and cont
  17. Welcome to the forum..! Your idea about getting your IRATA L1 then transitioning up has a better chance of success, it will also offer a means to generate an income that's not specifically wind turbine based, thereby not putting all of your eggs in one basket. The blade repair course is a good one, but as it says on the tin 'basic' and as such, competition for jobs at that level is high. The Rope Access ticket will help you make some money along the way as you transition into your new career.
  18. Access All Areas Is here: https://www.rigg-access.com/company/more_details.asp?uid=9172 Martin Castle is here: https://www.rigg-access.com/company/more_details.asp?uid=9017 Both of them would be happy to help..
  19. It is, you have basic transferable skills. ie using power tools at height etc. There are plenty lower skilled jobs that can be combined with a rope access ticket - only downside is you have a lot of competition at the lower skill levels so it's not a position you want to be holding for too long - they key to it (like any career) is continuous training and personal development.
  20. As you know you've hit the market for this at the wrong time, there's a glut of PTS qualified techs in the workpool right now. It may be worth your while trying for rope access jobs in a different discipline? Building maintenance etc. That way you'd be able to earn cash whilst waiting for your geotechnical break...
  21. Most industry sectors are struggling right now so all is not lost. You don't mention what your skills are so no one can really help you right now. Rope Access is a means to access a worksite, you have to actually do something once there. The skills and capability you have to do the work are what will dictate how employable you are and not the Rope Access level or amount of safety tickets. Make sure you have an up to date profile in your rigg-access personnel account, your latest CV is uploaded together with all relevant certification. You can use your account to make speculative job
  22. Your email address is bouncing Vickkdot - please check your profile
  23. A VCA VOL is a higher level CSCS equivalent. An absolute requirement is at least the VCA B for any industrial work. It's also well worth looking longer term at the wind turbine sector
  24. Hi and welcome to the forum! Getting into the wind industry isn't as simple as getting a rope access Level 1 certificate. Depending on whether or not you'd be working onshore or offshore, you'd need a suite of GWO qualifications to get you out there. A major advantage of having a rope access ticket is that you'll be able to pick work up outside the wind industry, so you'd maximise the chances of finding work whilst getting your foot in the door.
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