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  1. JAG63

    What next???

    Hi Paul, Went the same route myself with TKF Training https://tkftraining.co.uk/service-leavers/. Fairly intensive but excellent instructors and support throughout. Tim is ex monkey but I wouldn't hold that against him. I can give you a run down on my experiences, pm me if you're interested in my route to full time climber. Al
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    Prices for qualifications

    It's NPTC training providers you need. I went City and Guilds as they are, or were, readily accepted abroad whilst Lantra were not and my funded centre was C&G. I know of Lowe Maintenance at Settle and TKF training at Holmfirth, there are plenty more about. A lot will deliver courses away from their home location if there is the demand, I think Lowe Maintenance do a lot of their course towards the Lakes. This lot say they deliver courses in Cumbria, https://www.hwtraining.co.uk/course/arboriculture-training-courses/. Don't know them so can't give a thumbs up or down.
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    Prices for qualifications

    they don't have numbers any more, just NPTC code and title. L3 award in severing uprooted or windblown trees is 21-02 (was CS 34 &35), L3 in emergency treework operations is 21-05 (was CS 50).
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    Prices for qualifications

    Personally I'd go for 30/31 (in old money), climbing and aerial rescue as a starter then invest in driving licences; B+E essential, C1+E desirable. Next would be aerial cutting, aerial pruning and aerial rigging then on to felling over 380 and emergency treework operations if going into tree surgery/windblown if going into forestry (in which case you won't need aerial quals either). In your location I'd give Phill and Demelza at Lowe Maintenance in Settle (01729 825132, https://lowe-maintenance.co.uk/) a call for some advice and options. They gave me some excellent guidance even though I wasn't going to use them for training having funding elsewhere. Many of the later courses will be funded by a good employer if he thinks you're worth keeping or pick your jobs and spread the cost over time if going SE. Good luck.
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    Go on then, What was your best Present??

    Bottle of 🐸. Daughter knows me too well
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    Dmm wire gate karabiner

    Or you could get the locking DMM vault
  7. Have a look for a start with an organisation that has banded pay, like a council, for decent starter pay. They'll probably invest in your training too if they're any good.
  8. Kitchen porter - barman - steel related, cast magnets - Army 32 yrs - arb.
  9. Also consider council or university tree teams to get started with a reasonable income, though almost certainly less than you're used to, kit, insurance and pension scheme. Your local council may have gone to contract but worth a look on their recruitment pages and an application, you can always say no thanks. C+E should give you the edge for a lot of bigger setups. Good luck, did the same myself 12 months ago in the South/West Yorks area.
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    Army to Arborist!?

    Made the same transition last year and know of many more who've also successfully made the move. Basic courses: crosscut and maint, felling up to 380mm. Climbing and aerial rescue, unless focused on forestry only, and C+E would also make you a good option for an employer. Give me a shout if there's anything you want to know from my experiences and good luck.
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    Working day start times

    Is this really Vesp winding everyone up?
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    Some one might need it soon - Blood.Co. uk

    Needed a good top up myself in the past, really feels like life being pumped back in. Give some back when I can and thanks to all those who do the same.
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    Abandoning our ex forces

    Another charity, High Ground https://highground-uk.org/ is doing some outstanding work getting ex Services a look at 'rural' careers and would love to hear from any employers willing to provide a 'look at life' or even give up some time to talk about their sector. A lot of the guys and girls with serious trauma or PTSD find horticulture based work really beneficial in rebuilding lives.
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    Career change.

    Expect Glendale would be prepared to give you a start if you can live of the wages they pay, especially if you have B+E or C1+E. Local authorities pay slightly better and will invest in your training, look on their websites for vacancies, usually under Parks and Open Spaces. Could also look at universities, some have their own teams. Good luck.
  15. JAG63

    Nptc chainsaw refresher training query

    Nothing to do with welfare, all to do with ground contamination. Easy to find OPFOR though, look for the big blue markers.


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