Name: Chris Beckley
Course: Level 3 2365
What was your job before training as an electrician?
I've had several jobs but before I decided to train as an electrician I worked as a Department Manager of a debt management company.
Why did you decide to train as an electrician?
I fancied a change and began to dislike the office life. I decided to do more with the skills I have in being a strong mathematician and fairly good at DIY. When I looked up the skills you need to be an electrician it seemed I had the right qualities to complement the job.
How long did it take you to find employment after completing the course?
I was fortunate because it didn't take me very long. I was in employment about three weeks after completing the course.
What job are doing now?
I am currently a highways electrician working on the M60 motorway, I have been doing this for six months now.
What did you enjoy the most about the course?
The things I enjoyed most about the course was the friendly and supportive atmosphere of the group and of the course teacher Adam from Birchwood. I also really enjoyed getting to grips with the practical side of things and actually seeing my progress week by week. The theory side of the course didn't bother me that much but I definitely preferred getting hands on and doing the practicals.
How would you describe the facilities at TS4U?
Excellent, we never struggled for the equipment we required and the centre is in great condition.
Do you have any plans to gain anymore qualifications?
I am definitely considering doing the 2391 inspection and testing. I want to be a well rounded electrician and now that I am working on site I would have a better understanding of the inspection and testing course. I am really keen on developing my skills and knowledge further in the electrical industry, so I will go on to complete my NVQ level 3 and then progress onto the Level 4 electrical design. I want to keep learning about as much of the trade as I can.
What advice would you give to others thinking of training to become an electrician?
I would say it is the best decision I made and I wouldn't look back. I think the best advice is to look at what skillset you already possess and decide if it’s suitable, if you're willing to put the hard work in then absolutely go for it. I would highly recommend the course I did at Trade Skills 4U as a training provider due to how in-depth the courses are and how much you learn.