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Climber David reaches greater heights in new wind career

Climbing instructor, David Shurr from Preston is celebrating after scooping his first job in the wind sector thanks to AIS Survivex’s Ultimate Wind Package.

The 27-year-old has landed his first job in renewables as a blade repair technician – maintaining wind turbine blades, hundreds of feet above the ground.

As a climbing instructor, David is no stranger to working at height, and it’s through his contacts in the climbing community that he first heard about the potential of a wind career.

David said:

“A few of my friends from the climbing scene had wind technician jobs and it sounded right up my street. I love travelling and I also love climbing so the idea of combining both seemed ideal.

“I was recommended to go to AIS Survivex for my training as they offer an ultimate wind package, which gives you all the certificates you need to start in the industry. They also offer interest free finance, which makes paying for the courses affordable.

“I wasn’t disappointed. The team at AIS Survivex has been amazing. From the knowledgeable instructors, who now feel like mates, to the restaurant staff who ensured a daily vegetarian option for me or the manager who let me use the hotel facilities during my stay, the team couldn’t have been more helpful.

It really feels like a family who are rooting for you and want to see you succeed.”

And David certainly did succeed. Before even finishing his five-week training package, David had a job offer lined up as an onshore blade repair technician working on different sites around the UK.

David continued: “It’s crazy to think that just four weeks ago, I was completely new to the wind industry. Now, I have a range of really marketable skills, a new wind job and a career route that offers lots of opportunities and strong career progression. I’ve certainly got no regrets!”

David, who grew up in Hong Kong between the ages of 10-16, is also a passionate musician and lead singer in the Indie Rock band, Moon and the Beams.