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Case Study - Tony Middleton

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 30th November 2016

After conducting a short survey, I had a chat with one of our students Tony Middleton. He was telling me what he has been up to and what he plans to do in the future now he has some qualifications under his belt.

Name: Tony Middleton

Age: 33

Location: Berkshire

Course: Level 2 & 3 2365 January - August 2015

Q. What type of work did you do before becoming an electrician?

I served in the military.

Q. Why did you decide to become an electrician?

I decided to become an electrician because the money is well-paid and there will always be a demand for an electrician. It’s a diverse field and a worldwide profession.

Q. What difference has the course made to your career?

The course completely made a difference. I had worked briefly as an electricians mate on the docks helping re-wire Oil Rigs. I was mostly pulling SWA and clearing up with not a great understanding on why you use this size/type and not a smaller or larger cable. I also didn’t know the difference between RCBO’s and RCD’s.

Q. How long is it since you last studied?

Yesterday! I haven’t been in the profession very long so I regularly study to keep everything fresh. I am also starting my NVQ Level 3 and AM2 in the New Year.

Q. What type of work are you doing now?

I am currently working on a commercial project in my local area.

Q. How long did it take you to find employment once you finished studying?

I found employment the Monday after I finished my course at Trade Skills 4U working on domestic new builds. 

Q. What advice would you give to someone who is looking at entering the trade?

I would advise them to try and find employment with a qualified electrician whilst you are studying. This will benefit you massively in the workshop and help you get a better idea of how to apply what you’ve learnt on site.

Q. What are your future plans?

My future plans are to complete my NVQ Level 3 and AM2. Once I am qualified I plan to immigrate to another country as having a trade skill backing you, such as an electrician will really help my application.

Q. What did you think of Trade Skills 4U?

I found the training centre very helpful. The tutors understand that each student has come from different jobs and backgrounds and adapt their teaching so everyone understands. I would definitely recommend them as a training provider.

We wish Tony the very best of luck with his NVQ and AM2 and his plans to immigrate. 

Categories: employment, electrician, qualification

Things to Consider When Pricing Up an Electrical Job

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 28th November 2016

If you’re newly qualified and decide to go it alone, then pricing up your first few jobs can be tricky if you don’t plan properly.

We’ve collated some processes to consider before dealing with customer requests. This will help you with your pricing structure and make sure you as the electrician are not left out of pocket.

Consumer Unit Change Over

When asked by the customer for the consumer unit to be changed’ it is always a good idea to carry out a Periodic Inspection or at least the ‘dead’ tests on the existing wiring.

It could actually end up costing you money if you fail to carry out the correct tests. If you have already agreed the change of a unit price and haven’t allowed for any unforeseen problems that need to be rectified post board change, you could be out of pocket, as adding on additional costs once you’ve agreed a price with a customer never goes down well. On top of this, you’ll most likely end up running over on your own allocated job time- and you know what they say?! Time is money!

Pre-board Change Over

Ze and Insulation resistance readings are always a good start with domestic properties. If the Ze is too high then this will need to be brought to the attention of the energy provider before you carry out the work. It would then be up to the energy provider to rectify any problems with the existing earthing to the building, this will need to be explained to the customer.

Remember always work safely and use the safe isolation procedure.

Hidden Problems With Electrical Wiring

As mentioned before, insulation readings are important, but even more so when changing a re-wireable BS3036 consumer unit to the modern split load RCD consumer units.

A fault to earth could have been there for a long time on the old fuse board, but with sensitive RCD’s being installed in the new consumer unit these existing faults could cause nuisance tripping. The saying ‘well it worked before’ could be the next thing you hear from the customer. In this instance, always ensure any repairs to the existing wiring are dealt with before the consumer unit change goes ahead. Remember you are the qualified electrician certificating the installation, the customer needs to take advice from you.

Price Accordingly

When pricing up a job, try and get as much information as possible from the customer when you carry out the initial visit. This information will help to ensure you adequately price the job and that you can allocate the right amount of time per job whilst ordering the correct materials and equipment. Another handy tip is, if you don’t know how long a job is going to take i.e. when fault finding, it might be beneficial to charge per hour rather than price for the complete job, this will provide you and the customer with an indication of a price.

So remember, planning, preparing and ensuring the correct electrical tests are completed before you get into the job will enable you to set a price that will in the long run save you time and money.

 

Categories: electrical, domestic, job, pricing

2017 Trades Salary Survey: Electrician Salaries Rise Whilst Many Others Fall

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 21st November 2016

It’s that time of year again. The results are in and it’s no surprise that for the 4th year in a row our salary survey shows that electricians still earn the most of all the trades. What is a surprise in the most recent data is that a number of trades (including plumbers) have seen a drop in average salary over the past twelve months.

Average Electrician Salary (£30,765)

The average salary recorded by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of £30,765 is actually the median value. This means that 50% of electricians earn more than this amount and 50% earn less. It’s the ONS's preferred measure of average earnings as it is less affected by a relatively small numbers of very high earners that can skew the data upward. Therefore this average gives a better indication of typical pay than the mean which comes out at £31,648.

When we  ran this survey last year we saw the biggest increase for plumbers whilst electrician pay seemed to have stalled. This year we can see plumber salaries have dropped by around 2% whilst electricians have increased by around 1%.

Why have some trades seen a drop in average salary?

When we last ran this survey it was surprising to see that the biggest increases in salaries had been in some of the less skilled trades where people still earned much less than an electrician on average. However the drop this time around is most likely a slight adjustment to these larger increases last year. It is also important to note that the data is for salaries, and as the construction sector sees increased demand more workers tend to go freelance or self-employed where they can earn a much higher wage.

How realistic is it to earn over £30K as an electrician?

The majority of electricians tend to work on a self-employed or a contracting basis. Whilst salaries represent what you can earn when employed by a company the amounts earned as a contractor tends to be more realistic. With established self-employed electricians you will be hard pushed to find anyone earning below £30K per year and earnings are more likely to be around £35-40K per year. In London and the south east this figure is likely to be higher.

Hourly Rates / Day Rates (£20-£50 Per Hour / £140-£350 Per Day)

Since most of the people working as electricians are either self-employed or contracting it is very hard to gather data on how much they charge or earn. In the South East and London it is very realistic for an established electrician to charge £45 per hour or £300 per day, further north this amount will drop. However, these days it is more likely that a sparky will charge a set rate for a particular job. In this situation smart working and marking up on materials such as sockets, cables and consumer units can make a real difference to an hourly rate. You will be hard pushed to get a new consumer unit supplied and installed for less than £450 these days, and with the boxes costing around £130 and the job taking less than a day you can see that this is where the money really can start to add up.

What are trainee salaries like? (Around £21K)

If you start out as an apprentice then you will most likely earn below the minimum wage. This is because you are earning and learning at the same time. However if you front load your training, like most of our customers, you can start out on a trainee salary usually around £21K per annum.

If you do a quick search online you will find that most jobs for electrician mates start off at around £11 per hour which is great for someone starting out.

The key to earning more?

If you do a search for electrician jobs on a website such as Indeed you will see that there are lots of jobs available offering some fairly decent salaries. You will find most of the jobs are advertised by agencies. These agencies will be taking a cut from your hourly wage- usually around 10-15%! So one very simple way to earn more is to put in the leg work and apply direct to numerous building and contracting companies. This will allow you to maximise your earning potential. There is nothing wrong with working for an agency and especially in the early days agencies can play an important part in finding you work. However as you progress your career you should make lots of contacts who will assist you in finding the latest and best contracts.

As well as working direct the best way to increase your earnings is simply to work hard, be on time, build a good reputation and of course progress your knowledge through great experience and further training. For most electricians one way to increase their wage or grade is to take the following courses:

1. C&G 2394/95 Inspection & Testing Courses – For Approved Electrician status

2. C&G 2396 Electrical Design course – For Site Technician status

For more information on JIB wage grades see below:

JIB Wage Grades

The JIB publish wage grades on their website. Whilst the JIB have clear guidelines for what an electrician can earn these are guidelines only and not every employer sticks to these.

As of the 4th January 2016 the JIB suggests you should earn the following hourly rates if you have your own transport:

Trainee Electrician - £11.56 - £13.68

Electrician - £14.39

Approved Electrician - £15.61

Site Technician - £17.57

And if you live in London or the south east you should expect:

Trainee Electrician - £12.94 - £15.33

Electrician - £16.13

Approved Electrician - £17.48

Site Technician - £19.68

In order to qualify for the higher pay grades most people will need to fulfil the following:

1. Trainee Electrician - Apprenticeship or electricians mate usually with C&G 2365 Diplomas

2. Electrician - Relevant qualifications, Level 3 NVQ & AM2 (These days a 2357)

3. Approved Electrician - As per number 2 plus periodic inspection and testing qualification such as the C&G 2394/2395

4. Site Technician - As per number 3 plus over 5 years’ experience (3 of which in a supervisory role) plus a level 4 qualification such as a HNC

Remember at the end of the day it isn’t just about how much you can earn but also about how happy you are in your job. Most people choose to train as an electrician not just because of the earning potential but because they are sick of being stuck behind a desk and want to work on the road, on site and with their hands. Remember being a sparky is the perfect job for someone who wants to work with their hands and their mind.

 

Categories: salary, pay

Nightmare on Regs Street

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 31st October 2016

Go on admit it, we’re all scared of the dark. There’s nothing worse than the thought of sitting in complete darkness on fright night. Did you know there could be some electrical horrors lurking in your home ready to scare you unexpectedly? We have found some real Nightmares on Regs Street. Check them out below:

1. Remember taping old wiring is a major fire hazard! Keeping up to date with the latest wiring can ensure your safety

 

2. Now this is bad! The wires are all over the place- time to tidy up the joint box!

3. This is a bad example of a distribution board with no front- what a nightmare!

4. We all know water and electrics do not mix!

5. Again, tape should never be used

 

6. The real lottery here is who will get electrocuted first!

7. Suitable IPA rating?

 

8. We think this is a suitable image for Halloween!

9.We definitely think this sign prevented the fire hazard!

10. Revenge is a dish best served cold!

 

11.Perfect lighting for your Halloween disco!

These electrics would definitely give you nightmares! If you think any of your electrics might be faulty contact a qualified and registered electrician ASAP.

Categories: halloween, electrical horrors

Case Study - Steve Kulka

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 28th October 2016

Today, we spoke with Steve, who at 61 has embarked on a new career as an electrician. He speaks to us about the decision behind his career change and what his plans for the future are.

 

Name:

Steve Kulka

Age: 

61

Location: 

Redhill, Surrey

 

Course: 

Bronze domestic installer

What did you do before studying to become an electrician?

I've been in IT support most of my working life. Until I was 'let go' due to budget constraints, I was a Resources Manager in an IT department for over 10 years. I managed a small team of technicians and between us we were responsible for software support, networking, CCTV, telephones and we dealt with anything that had a 13A plug on it.

Why did you decide to train as an electrician?

I've always felt that 'electrics' was something that appealed to me and I'm the sort of person who needs to be doing something useful that I could take some pride in. When I didn't have a job to go to every morning I started volunteering for a charity that repaired furniture for people who didn't have any (Furnistore) and a weekly computer class for elderly people. I wanted a career where, as long as I was capable, I could work 'til I dropped.

What made you choose Trade Skills 4U?

Once I'd decided what I needed to do to become an electrician, I looked around for organisations that provided the necessary courses. I spoke to people on the phone, checked out websites and prices. Not only could Trade Skills 4U provide what I needed at a reasonable price, but they have an 'open house' facility. I popped round and a very well informed chap in the office showed round all the facilities and answered all my questions. All the staff were very helpful, which is comforting when you are starting something new.

What difference has training with us made to you?

Right from the beginning, I got the impression that the staff were willing to help explain what you needed in a way that made sense. It's not all academic learning. The practical hints and tips from tutors who are seasoned professionals give you a great confidence boost.

Were there any elements of the course you struggled with?

Unless you have some previous which I hadn't, the going can be tough. Most blokes think they can do minor electrical work. The important thing is to do it the safe and correct way. It's important to get the most out of the practical sessions and do the theory homework.

What were the highlights of the course?

Working through the sessions with the tutors and a great bunch of students, some of whom were 'newbies' like me. Passing all the exams!

What are your plans now you have finished the training?

Having completed the Bronze course, I am now updating my CV and LinkedIn. I am contacting companies in my area to see if they would be willing to trust me and let me help out. I need to get some practical experience and put my fresh training to good use. After a while, I'll review my situation to see if I need more training to allow me to specialise. Energy efficiency would be interesting.

Would you recommend Trade Skills 4U?

Definitely. The facilities and the staff are excellent and it's easy to get to. When you are investing that much of your own money, value is important.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone who is thinking about changing their career later on in life?

Be realistic. Starting on a new career path is a bit like starting from scratch when you're young, except you have much more experience and maturity to offer. A change in career probably means that you won't have a lot of useful contacts, so you'll need to network. Don't expect to just be offered a job. You need to convince people that you have something of value to them. Be prepared to be flexible in exchange for the experience.

Steve is proof that anything is possible at any age. Although the thought of a career change can be daunting, you will be surprised that when you finally make that leap you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Steve we wish you the best of luck finding employment. 

 

Categories: training, qualified, case study

Former Student Invents the Speedy Sparky!

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 21st October 2016

 

We recently came across a new interesting product when browsing through a trade website and were excited to find out more about it. After a little digging, we found out the new creation on the scene, Speedy Sparky, was actually invented by one of our former students Barry Shaw from Hemel Hempstead!

We contacted Barry to find out more about his product, what inspired him to create it and how Trade Skills 4U helped him.

Barry explains the idea of the Speedy Sparky first came about in 2011 when he was completing the first-fix on a run of three-storey town houses. He realised he would be duplicating work across all the properties and knew there was a way he could speed the process up. That was when he had a lightning bolt moment, he carefully thought of a new tool that would comply with regulations and help his workflow and speed on site.

That evening after work, he decided to create a makeshift stencil that would pinpoint and mark up where each socket would go, ensuring they were level and conformed to BS7671 and Building Regulations Part M.   

The next day, he took his new homemade tool into work and finished his job in no time. He claims the new piece of equipment sped up his work five-fold and was completed to a high standard. Barry admitted his first proto-type needed some extra thought and attention with regards to the design so decided to flatten the model and incorporate a spirit level for extra accuracy.

The overall Speedy Sparky design now consists of:

Tough, lightweight plastic with structural ribbing on the back

30°angle markings to clearly position your sockets

40°angle markings for drilling holes

Spirit level to ensure precision

The tool can be used on various surfaces including; plasterboard and worktops which Barry demonstrates in his video below:

So how did Barry go from being a complete novice to an inventor?

Barry had a few different roles before becoming an electrician including, graphic designer and a model promotional staffing agency owner. After doing these jobs for several years he decided he wanted a reliable income, and thought to himself he had never come across a tradesman who struggled financially so he decided to retrain as an electrician.

He found Trade Skills 4U and initially did the C&G 2330 Level 2 and 3 in 2009 (now C&G 2365). Since then Barry has completed the Inspection and Testing courses as well as Commercial Solar PV installation too.

Since finishing his initial training he has worked with a few electrical training companies from building firms to solar installation. It was within the first 5 months of finishing the training he came up with the Speedy Sparky invention.

Barry believes his time at Trade Skills 4U helped him develop the problem solving knowledge and thought processing techniques to enable him to create the Speedy Sparky product.

Here at Trade Skills 4U we are really impressed with Barry and his product, it's always great to hear back from students who have achieved success once they have finished their qualifications.

We wish you the best of luck for the future Barry! 

Categories: ex student, speedy sparky, inventor

Case Study - Luke Lowson

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 12th October 2016

 

We caught up with Luke to see what he is up to now he has completed some qualifications with us at the Gatwick training centre. Luke is one of the youngest students we have had train through the company, he completed his first qualification in back in 2013 and has been coming back for numerous qualifications since.

How did you hear about Trade Skills 4U? 

My parents told me Trade Skills 4U were having a taster day for young people who were interested in electrical careers. As I wasn’t sure about my career at the time I thought I’d give it a go to see if I enjoyed the course as well as find out more about how to become an electrician.

Which courses are you studying and when did you take them?

C&G 2365 Diploma course and 17th Edition which I finished about four years ago; since then I have been back to do a PAT testing courses which my current employer has paid for.

How are you finding the courses?

Really good, I really enjoy the classes. The tutors are really helpful in breaking things down in a way that I can understand. I’ve always found the maths slightly difficult, however the more I’ve practised the easier it’s getting. One way I’ve overcome the maths barrier is applying the maths to a practical situation. For some reason this helped me understand how maths is used by an electrician.  

What did you most enjoy about the course? 

I really enjoyed learning the science behind how electrics works. The practical’s were also great because it broke the day up between theory and practical.

Have you found employment since taking the course and who is it through?

Before the course I tried to find some hands-on experience, so I helped on the electrical team at Chessington World of Adventures. Then after enrolling on the course I spent about eight months self-employed. More recently I have started working for Fishers Farm Park as a maintenance electrician.

What made you choose Trade Skills 4U?

The taster day really swayed it for me. The tutors were friendly and approachable, it made me realise this is really what I want to do as a career.

What were your initial goals when training for Trade Skills 4U?

To learn about the electrical trade and start a career.

 

Would you recommend Trade Skills 4U?

Yes definitely. I keep coming back to do the courses and each time I’ve had the best experience so they must be doing something right!

 

We think it’s great Luke has managed to find employment in the electrical industry at such a young age. Since coming to the taster day a few years back, he has been dedicated to achieving his goals through hard work and with a genuine interest for the trade.

We wish you the best of luck Luke.

 

Categories: case study

Have you heard of the Calcard?

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 28th September 2016

The Calcard was introduced in September 2009 to regularly check the accuracy of an electricians multi-functional test instrument. The card is useful for those working on electrical equipment and installations where inspecting and testing is performed on a regular basis.

Its approval by the NICEIC and NAPIT just to name a few, means electricians can test up to five insulation resistance values themselves including: 0.5MΩ, 1MΩ, 2MΩ, 10MΩ and 20MΩ, which are all tested to 500V. It can also be used to verify five continuity tests including; 0.25Ω, 0.5Ω, 1Ω, 2Ω and 5Ω.

It’s recommended these tests are performed once a month and figures are recorded for your own reassurance. As this card has a three year guarantee it is accepted between formal calibration periods of the test instrument. The periodic check results should be kept for a minimum period of three years.

 

The Calcard is a great size, around the same as a credit card. It also displays the readings you should be seeing when you test the meter and probes. It’s made from laminated glass and fibre which ensures it doesn’t break or bend when carrying it around with you. The pads shown below enable you to test the probes without removing the tips from instrument probes, again making it easier to perform your monthly tests. It also comes with a unique serial number, identifying it to your meter. 

Although the Calcard has been highly recommended and considered value for money by electrical bodies, it will only confirm resistances in respect of low ohms reading testing and insulation resistance testing. The full calibration tests will still need to be conducted annually by your local electrical provider.

So the question is, are they worth the money and do they add value? There’s been mixed reviews on forums about Calcards and if people find them useful or not. Theiet.org forum have praised the Calcard for:

Ease of use

The prompt it gives to check the meter monthly

Providing peace of mind to those who are concerned for the accuracy of their meters

Those who purchased the card on tester.co.uk have also responded positively, saying the card provides accurate readings and state it’s fit for purpose.

Others have argued the Calcard isn’t worth the money, users from the Electricians Forum have said:

The 12 month calibration test covers all basis

They don’t believe the Calcard extends the life of the multi-functional meter as stated

Due to not being able to test all functions means it’s pointless, and electricians should just wait for the 12 month annual calibration test.

The only benefit they believe the Calcard has is if you happen to drop your meter and you’re concerned about its post accuracy, some also say if the temperature can effect the readings for example if a metre has been left in a cold or hot place overnight.

So there’s slightly mixed reviews regarding the Calcard, but we believe it does have many uses, especially if you are newly qualified and want to ensure your meter always produces the correct readings. It’s also important to consider why companies including; NICEIC, IET, NAPIT and ECA are promoting the benefits of the card if they didn’t believe it was worthwhile.

We think it’s a great product to invest in, the affordability combined with the verification of the meter and probes definitely means it’s worthwhile for an electrician. If you would like to order a Calcard click here

Categories: calcard, product review, multi-function tester, electrician

Trade Apprenticeships on the Rise. How Does Each Trade Compare?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 23rd September 2016

The number of people registering to become an electrical apprentice is increasing each year due to the government actively investing and promoting apprenticeships across the UK. When we look at the data below we can see a significant increase over the last year and data for 2016 which is yeat to be finalised suggest this will incre\ase further. 

So what happened in 2008?

Electrical apprenticeships increased to a peak of 6520 starts in 2008. The increase was driven by a booming construction sector. In order to complete an apprenticeship it is essential to have a job or apprenticeship placement. As such apprenticeships can be a good indicator of the strength of an industry and it’s employment prospects.

So when the crash happened in 2007 we saw overall starts for electrical apprenticeships decline in the following years. They have been a little up and down since then but have finally hit their stride over the last couple of years getting close to pre-2007 levels. Data for the period August 2015 - April 2016 is still to be completed but total starts for that period is almost equal to the year before already with 5480 apprentices starting. 

Whats going to happen in coming years?

Well there is a major shift coming in the next few years. Apprenticeships as a whole are set to become more common across all industries. The reason for this is that the government is going to be enforcing an apprenticeship levy on all employers who have a wage bill of £2M or more. This means that those employers will have to spend 0.5% of their wage bill on apprentices. If they don’t that money will get paid into a pot and then be used to facilitate more apprenticeships. Essentially it will be a use or lose it approach so most employers are likely to use it.

We expect that overall apprenticeships will rise but also there will be an increase in demand for mature apprentices who can enter the industry. This also will mean an increase in demand for students who have self-funded their training and maybe need an employer to sponsor an NVQ.

How are other trades performing?

It’s no surprise that apart from general construction skills plumbing comes second in terms of the number of apprenticeship starts over the last few years. We can also see a similar pattern in terms of a peak in 2007 and then a lull before things start to improve in the last few years.

Why it makes sense to hire an apprentice?

The current government and private education sectors have recently been encouraging employers to consider taking on apprentices because they’re generally easier to train and mould and are also cost-effective for the business. Another added benefit which GOV.UK recently reported is that 89% of employers who hired an apprentice saw their business improve the quality of their product or service.

There’s also many long term benefits for employers and apprentices, as GOV.UK also published statistics stating that 90% of apprentices will stay in employment with 71% staying with the same employer.

What’s clear is that apprenticeships and trade based careers are seeing a resurgence of interest over the last few years. With the rise in university tuition fees and the ability to get earning much quicker in many trades it is no surprise to see a large number of younger and older students choosing to ditch the books and pick up the tools.

 

 

Categories: apprenticeships

Funny Apprentice Stories

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 5th September 2016

 

We asked people to send in their funny apprentice stories for a chance to win a Megger Multimeter courtesy of YESSS Electrical.

Our winner was Brett Dawkins who made a mistake during one of his first jobs. Well done Brett, let’s hope you learnt from this!

When I was an apprentice I was left alone to finish off connecting the new kitchen sockets because the electrician's partner had gone into labour. I cross connected the lives and the earths on a fused spur which was feeding the pump to the customer's outside fish pond. Luckily, the fish were at the same potential as the water and didn't fry, but the lady who lived there couldn't work out why she was getting a crack up her arm every time she fed the fish! Flowers and chocolates were sent her way.

We also researched other stories to give you a giggle!

Wake Up Call

I was scheduled to work on a Saturday, the electrician and the foreman came to pick me up at 6am to work in London somewhere, I did not know what time it was (or even what day).

On the Monday he said to me I was outside your house beeping the horn, everyone on your street woke up, where were you?

I said my bedroom was at the back of the house.

You only wake up late once, now it does not matter what time I need to be at work, I always get there early!

A Lesson Learnt!

On one of my first jobs as a trainee I had to change a light switch in the kitchen where the board was, I thought I'd do the clever thing and check that the circuit I was preparing to work on was off. When I looked at the breaker it was on green, obviously I thought that this meant on so I flipped it over to the red, thinking that meant off, just like my telly or something, then I proceeded to remove the switch and started twisting the live and the neutral simultaneously with each hand and got a nasty belt! Learnt my lesson that day.

Take Caution

My electrical team was finishing a job on a bank refit, along with the ceiling fixers who were packing up they're tools. Meanwhile, our apprentice was wobbling on the top step of the smallest pair on site, unscrews a temporary fitting off the slab above the ceiling, when he removes the last screw it pulled him off balance and he belly flopped onto the ceiling grid bringing down 20% of it!

I was laughing until the ceiling lads calmed down!

We found this story was the funniest, but was not our winner.

When I was an electrician I had a naive apprentice. I told him to go to the wholesaler and gave him a list. In the middle of the list I wrote "1 set of fallopian tubes" after a plumber mate of mine had done the same thing to his apprentice.

Off he went to the wholesaler, meanwhile I had told pretty much everyone on the building site we were working at what I had written.

About 30 minutes later he came back with two bags full of gear and him shaking his head. Most of the building site had stopped to see what he had to say.

I said "what’s wrong?" He replied: "well I asked for the F&*%ing fallopian tubes, didn’t I"

I said "Yeah did they have any?"

He says "The guy behind the counter said they had none in stock, but a lady upstairs may have some but he was unsure if they were for sale!"

 

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Categories: apprenticeship, funny stories, electrical training