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      This ever increasing section of our industry now deserves a new category. Post here for all topics of the wind energy industry.

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    • C&G are good quals however, a welding apprenticeship takes anything up to 4 years to complete - so a 4 day course doesn't cut the mustard, that being said the more training you receive the better chance you have of getting a start with a company. In general, most training is good for you, just make sure you are selective with it as you could end up spending a huge amount of cash on nonrelevant stuff - for example, getting your BOSIET before you have any skills built up - thats a classic mistake made by many
    • Yeah, I actually came across one of your old forum posts where you mention that MMA is the most relevant in this industry so I've made an inquiry via the easy train link you sent me.   In the meantime, I've also come across this company http://theweldingacademy.com/ and can see that they offer a City & Guilds level 1 introductory accredited 4-day courses in MMA welding. I know C&G are regarded as good qualifications to have but taking into account what you said about time and money and effort would this be one of those cases of if it sounds too good to be true it is and if not would that qualification coupled with the IRATA level 1 be enough to help me to get my foot in the door of a new career?   
    • Guest Carlo Fiori.
      Hi Everyone.  Just passed my irata level one currently looking for work. Have been in the building trade for ten years, proficient in the use of hand and power tools. Extensive knowledge of masonry structures. Lots of experience re pointing brickwork/stonework using sand and cement along with lime mortars.  I have my own transport and am willing to work anywhere in the country. Will be purchasing my own harness and equipment. Willing to learn new skills. Here is a link to my Mybuiler profile so you can see what kind of a guy I am along with pictures of my work. [[Admin removed link as a log in is required]] Keen to get stuck me. please don't hesitate to contact me.
    • MMA is the most popular as it's used a lot for structural work. Welding isn't easy, so prepare to spend money, time and effort to achieve what you need to. It's like everything else, you only get out what you put in.
    • Thank you for the quick response! Yeah I'll definitely take a look into the train the painter positions but I was also looking into welding as it seems like a versatile skill to have plus who doesn't like the idea of being able to fuze metal together with white hot heat?  Any tips on what sort of welding is most frequently used within the industry?  Thanks again!  Jordan 

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