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Apprenticeship training course

Wireless communications rigger (level 2)

Supporting the UK’s cellular network and its infrastructure.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Construction and the built environment
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Rigging Engineer
  • Telecomms Rigger
  • Wireless Communications Rigger
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Apply relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others within the working environment
  • Safely use, store and maintain tools and equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s and the employer’s operational and health and safety requirements including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and asbestos awareness
  • Follow accident reporting and security procedures, deal with security breaches in the workplace following organisational processes
  • Carry out and document an onsite dynamic risk assessment complying with a valid safe system of work
  • Select and deploy workplace signage and guarding
  • Carry out first aid
  • Carry out antenna installation, alignment, optimisation and testing to network requirements
  • Carry out installation, earthing and termination of coax and fibre following manufacturers and operators’ installation specifications
  • Carry out installation and demonstrate the technical understanding of the key components of a wireless telecom site
  • Use an Open, Short and Precision Load in the testing of cables and antenna systems for impedance and loss
  • Select and use work restraint, work positioning and fall arrest equipment following manufacturer’s instructions and company policy
  • Use slings, knots and other attachment techniques to safely lift and lower materials and equipment
  • Safely Work at height applying the correct tower climbing techniques
  • Works comfortably and competently on any site type (rooftop, Greenfield, street works) Correctly use fall arrest systems
  • Correctly select and use appropriate tools and equipment when working at height
  • Carry out a rescue from a tower or a structure using snatch and assisted lower techniques
  • Read, interpret and work to technical drawings and designs
  • Effectively communicate with all stakeholders including colleagues, contractors and members of the public
  • Effectively contribute to the team and develop positive working relationships
  • Apply verbal and non-verbal signs and signals when communicating as part of a

Full information on Wireless communications rigger (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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