How an industrial cleaning role can open the door to opportunity

09 Nov 2022

How an industrial cleaning role can open the door to opportunity

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In uncertain times, securing a job in a thriving sector that doesn’t require any experience sounds too good to be true. This is in fact however the case for industrial cleaners entering Portsmouth dockyard. It’s a busy thriving environment filled with fast-paced projects moving through the yard and a chance to play a vital role.

What is an industrial cleaner?

So, what does an industrial cleaner do? Anyone thinking that this is your conventional mop and bucket job couldn’t be more wrong. This is cleaning on a massive scale in a busy, challenging environment. Here are some of the tasks and responsibilities of an industrial cleaner in a shipyard:

  • Wash out tanks, funnels and vats with high-pressure hoses.
  • Can enter voids /tanks to clean up debris.
  • Remove dust, ash, and contaminants with industrial vacuuming equipment.
  • Decontamination of work areas and machinery.
  • Mix cleaning chemicals in the correct amounts.
  • Sandblast the outsides of buildings and shipping structures.

A role that requires character

Being an industrial cleaner takes a certain amount of character. The individuals who succeed and progress in this role and are not phased by working on big ships, demonstrate resilience and a sense of adventure. This is no office job and whilst it’s hard work the rewards are huge for the right individuals.

The benefits of this job are as follows:

  • Guaranteed hours of overtime
  • Financial security with a regular weekly income
  • foot in the door at a pandemic-proof industry
  • The chance to gain valuable certificates and qualifications
  • Security clearance, confined space certificate, MEWP licenses (driving a forklift)
  • The start of opportunities in a thriving industry
  • The chance to learn or join a different trade

How to get spotted in a shipyard

It takes a unique individual who can work in this kind of environment. But the person that can demonstrate those characteristics will stand out amongst a team of multiple trades and roles. The industrial cleaner is a huge part of ensuring projects are delivered on time and in a safe environment, so those that are ready to get stuck in with a can-do attitude and have a good work ethic, quickly draw the attention of other trades working on the project. It’s not just about your ability to carry out tasks in a timely manner, how you interact and communicate with other trades in a busy shipbuilding environment can open other doors.

We are always pleased to place industrial cleaners who have the right mindset to succeed in this unique environment. That said, it’s great when we hear that their attitude has caught the attention of the wider workforce and they are offered the chance to learn a trade or progress within the shipbuilding business.

Do you have what it takes to support our busy shipyards? Contact us today to find out more about becoming an industrial cleaner.