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Roping in new talent to tackle work at height skills shortage

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Wanted. Adventurous hard workers with a head for heights. That’s the call from SGB-Cape Rope Access, a division of Waco Africa, which offers specialist rope access services and training.

According to manager, Cobus Joubert, there is a shortage of skills in the work at height industry in South Africa. While it’s a specialist field of work and not for the faint-hearted, “to become a rope access technician is not as daunting as most people think, and the first entry-level qualification is aimed at individuals with little or zero previous experience”.

And there’s no lack of work for qualified work at height technicians. Quite the opposite, it in fact.

“Here in South Africa, we have a multitude of industries that are already using rope access technicians, such as construction, power, oil and gas, banner signage, industrial maintenance and telecommunications industries.

“However, we find that we have a serious lack of skill and qualified technicians and would encourage adventurous souls to actively pursue it as a career.”

SGB Cape Offshore is an accredited provider of IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) industrial rope access training courses. IRATA is recognised as a leading global authority on industrial rope access and directs and regulates the training of all workers seeking an IRATA qualification through its’ accredited providers.

Joubert said there are significant advantages to using rope access over traditional methods such as scaffolding and mobile elevated working platforms.

“Apart from the ease of access to hard-to-reach locations, utilising rope access offers an affordable alternative to other methods, such as building scaffolding, and can be set up quickly, efficiently and with minimal disruption.”

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