Name: Milan Susuk
Course: C&G 2365
We caught up Milan to find out how he has been getting on since completing his training with us.
What did you do before training to be an electrician?
I used to work as caretaker at secondary school for nearly 4 years. As a school caretaker I was responsible for small repairs around the site which included gardening, painting, plumbing and the managing of lettings and dealing with contractors.
Why did you choose to train as an electrician?
I decided to change my career because I wanted to experience new challenges and I liked the many career paths available for electricians.
Which courses have you taken with Trade Skills 4U and why?
I have taken the City and Guilds 2365 Level 2 and Level 3 training course. The reason behind this was that I wanted to get into the electrical trade and because I became very friendly with one of the electrician who used to work for my school, and after helping him a few times, I started to look into the possibility to retrain as electrician. I did my research and Trade Skills 4U always came up as good choice to do my training with.
What was your training experience like with Trade Skills 4U?
I had a very good experience with Trade Skills 4U. I would like to especially mention our tutor Lilian who was the best tutor you can imagine. Her knowledge is on a high level and any questions we had in class were answered in detail. Overall I would highly recommend the Gatwick training centre.
Tell us about your current role?
I am currently working for a company, which funnily enough is based next to the Gatwick training Centre, called Trans Data Management which is Telecommunication service provider. My position is Electrical Engineer Improver and most of our work is based on train stations across England.
Some of the products we install are Help Point, customer information screens, CCTV. The job is very interesting because we do install a huge variety of technologies, so no day is the same.
Are you planning on taking any other electrical courses?
I will be taking the 18th edition exam in October and in the future I would like to do the Inspection and testing course as well.
What did you enjoy from the course?
I enjoyed the process of learning something completely different. At the beginning you have no clue about electrics, but as you learn it does start to make sense and by the end of the course you fully understand what you need to know as an electrician.
Did you managed to get any on site experience whilst studying? If so, what was it?
I did. I was really lucky to know two electricians, so asked them if I could work with them without pay, just so I could learn more about the trade. It was mostly domestic work, I helped with chasing the walls first and second fix and whatever they needed help with really. I was just glad they took me on so I could get hands on experience on site. Also they were more than happy to answer any questions I had, which really helped and it did help me massively to gain more practical skills in the real world.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans at the moment are to stay with my current company and learn as much as I can.
What advice would you give to someone looking at training to become an electrician?
My advice would be Just do it. I have to say it is not easy but if you are willing to put the hard work and time into it you will be fine. And it does improve your job situation because starting pay after finishing training is very good.
How would you describe the facilities and training at Trade Skills 4U?
Fantastic. Everything is of a really high standard. The classrooms and workshops are equipped with everything you need to successfully pass your training.