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Well in school you should try do a practical subject and get used to working with your hands. Physics is another subject that would be of benefit. It would help in the theory exams that you complete after each of the off the job training modules.
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Window Cleaner

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Window Cleaner
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€18 - 23 
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Wash and polish windows, and collect money for the service provided.


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Window cleaners wash and polish the windows of houses, shops and large buildings, such as offices and factories. The work involves washing and polishing windows using wash leathers, sponges, squeegees and brushes. Hot soapy water may be obtained from the customer if someone is there or the window cleaner may have to carry his or her own supply. Window cleaners usually need to work on a ladder, or from a cradle or platform when washing the windows of a high-rise building.  
 
Occasionally, window cleaners carry out additional tasks, such as cleaning out guttering on houses or cleaning window frames. They also collect money from customers, and ensure that worksheets are signed to say that work has been completed to a satisfactory standard. Window cleaners have to carry their equipment with them using a car, van, bike or barrow.

 


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You must enjoy working outside in all weathers. You should be able to work at a height, have a good sense of balance and be safety conscious. If you are working on your own, you should enjoy your own company. If you are working in a gang you should be able to work as part of a team.  
 
A driving licence is useful. It is important to be fit and healthy.


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