Name: Michael Williams
Course: 2365 Level 2 & 3
What was your job before training as an electrician and why did you choose the electrical trade?
Before, I ran my own powder coating company. I had grown tired of having unreliable staff and being forced to work excessive amounts of hours in order to meet unrealistic deadlines for demanding customers. I wanted to find a career where I could work on my own and be able to properly plan my workload.
I already had an interest in electronics from school and I’ve always been fascinated by cutting edge technologies. Adding all these elements together, training as an electrician seemed like the perfect solution.
Why did you take the 2365 Level 2 & 3?
It offered the most comprehensive training for someone wanting to enter into the electrical industry without going through the apprenticeship route.
What did you enjoy most about the course?
I really enjoyed learning all the theory and reasoning behind electrical installations. Knowing why things are done a certain way meant that I started to see the everyday world in a different light. We had a great tutor in Adam Ormesher, who really engaged with the whole class and kept the content interesting throughout
What did you find most challenging?
Definitely the lighting circuits in the practical! There are so many different ways to wire them up that I often got a bit lost.
Can you tell us what you’re doing now?
I have started up on my own as an electrician. I am mostly sub-contracting to other, well established firms in order to build up my practical experience, but I do get the odd offer of my own work through friends and family.
What are your future plans to grow your business?
I have already returned to Trade Skills 4U and taken the PAT testing qualification. I will be back again for the inspection and testing course, the electric car charging point and the 18th edition course (when it is released). I want to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible so I am able to take on whatever work is offered to me.
What advice would you give to someone looking at training to become an electrician?
Work hard. Sometimes you may not grasp part of it straight away, but if you ask for help and stick with it, it will all make sense eventually. It is a really satisfying career choice, seeing a project through from beginning to end (no matter what it is) and having a pleased and grateful customer at the end of the day is a brilliant feeling.
Why did you choose TS4U?
Their training structure of 2 weeks on the course then the following 2 weeks back at home suited me perfectly. It allowed me to continue running my company as I trained ultimately leading to me selling it to move in to the electrical industry full time.
Thank you Michael for taking the time to tell us about your experience, we wish you luck in building your career as an electrician.