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3 hours ago, eggsarascal said:

Can I ask how many bricks you are getting down a day on good straight runs?

Between 250 and 500 depending on circumstances. But I don’t focus on speed I’d rather lay 250 well than 500 quickly. 

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3 hours ago, eggsarascal said:

I'd stick to brick laying until you know the job inside out, apart from when recession strikes you will always have work, even then a good brickie will come off site work and drop on domestic work. It's cheaper to make a house bigger than buying a bigger property.

 

You could always, (if you can get a start) fill in rainy days with some tree work. Most small companies don't need someone five days a week. Having more than one string to your bow pretty much guarantees you will not be short of work.

 

Just my take on the situation.

 

 

Thanks kinda what I’m trying to do at the moment. I just want to fill my weekends with tree work and landscaping. 

My company won’t let me work weekends due to the other brickies and labours not being willing to get out of bed on Saturdays. 

I don’t see why I’ve been finding it difficult to find weekend work, I come with my own transport, most PPE and a groundsaw. 

Oh and I’ve got a chipsite. 

 

 

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On 22/04/2018 at 13:15, Fredwardclarke said:

The company I work for won’t put me thru any training that isn’t essential. I’ve got my CSCS card and I’m working towards my NVQ level 2. My boss does help me out a lot driving’s lessons and we’ve spoken about a forklift ticket to help around site but as far as getting a rope access ticket, he’d just ask why a bricky needs rope access? We have scaffolders for that. But I do appreciate your point. 

I’d love to do some voluntary weekend work. But like I’ve said everyone seems to caught up in red tape to employ a young person. 

It’s understandable that as you are doing so well you are becoming increasingly valuable to your boss, but s/he’ll not want to train you up beyond what they need (IRATA/crossover industry tickets) only to lose you.

 

If you can get the odd weekday or weekend day off, a good way of getting into arb/horticultural/environmemtal work is through The Forestry Commission, the various Wildlife Trusts in your area or local country houses or gardens: like Chatsworth for example. Another option is via voluntary work with small enterprises with charitable status who expect some level of commitment in return for putting you through training, including brushcutting, hedgelaying, drystone walling and chainsaw operation. It’s a little out of your way, but https://steelvalleyproject.org/volunteering/ is excellent. I got my CS30 and CS31 whilst working with them, and the Forestry Commission in tandem: plus training in gardening work at Wortley Hall Victorian gardens/Heeley City farm, as well as some other bits -before setting up on my own. (I was involved in the Outdoor adventure/Climbing industry previously).

 

Perhaps some more other folk on here will let you know how they got in? 

 

You seem hardworking, enthusiastic and willing to put the time, effort - and of course: heart in to it. So, all the best to you for your future!

Edited by Chessa

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Oh, and...get yourself down to The Arb Show in May!!

 

(Also, there are some new starters/freshly qualifieds on here that may give you an idea how to get into arb/landscaping work too. I noticed one member called “Angie Cook” - who looks capable and keen for example - though I haven’t been in touch with her). 

 

Let us all know how you get on with your dreams of Trees...

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