Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fancy a Job as a Vision Clearance Engineer? Well Then Grab Your Ladder and a Bucket

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fancy a Job as a Vision Clearance Engineer? Well Then Grab Your Ladder and a Bucket

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Byline: By Nick Whitten

Survey reveals the country's silliest job titles

Hey, knowledge navigator, leave those kids alone!

It's enough to make Pink Floyd shudder, but if politically correct eggheads had their way, that is how the group's track Another Brick in the Wall could sound.

A survey has been carried out to find the North East's silliest job titles and knowledge navigators, better known as teachers, come in the top five.

At the top of the list are those trusty vision clearance engineers who do a great job of cleaning our windows.

Close behind are education centre nourishment production assistants who ensure our children are fed each day at school.

And if the third entry on the list is to be believed, another well-known song should be changed to "my old man's a waste removal engineer, he wears a waste removal engineer's hat".

The poll of 4,000 people was carried out by video recruitment website www.jobs2view.com.

Respondents were asked to give the daftest job description they had ever come across while job-hunting and then to rate which they thought was the most stupid from an edited list.

David Philips, 43, of Seghill, is a window cleaner for Whitley Bay-based Tyneside Window Cleaning Co.

He said: "I have been a window cleaner for 17 years and I can honestly say that I don't think I have ever referred to myself as a vision clearance engineer.

"Occasionally for a laugh when people ask what I do I will say I am a visual technician and they will look blankly at me.

"But this is something that has started to creep into my work relatively recently.

"People are increasingly referred to as some sort of technician or something.

"Everyone I know in the job still thinks of themselves as a window cleaner, but I guess over time that could change."

The Chronicle visited Ashington High School to meet some knowledge navigators, education centre nourishment production assistants and crockery cleansing operatives ( washer-ups. …

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