Name: Liam De Vine
Courses: C&G2365 Level 2 & 3 and C&G2391 Inspection and Testing
What did you do before training to be an electrician?
I worked in the catering industry and ran a street food business before coming to take my course at Trade Skills 4U.
Which courses have you taken with Trade Skills 4U and why?
I enrolled on the C&G2365 Level 2 & 3 course as it seemed to offer the most comprehensive training for what I wanted to achieve. I then went on to complete my C&G2391 Inspection & Testing as I was advised by others in the industry that it would be beneficial to have.
What was your training experience like at the Warrington facility
I enjoyed my time at Warrington immensely. The tutors were very knowledgeable and helpful. The course was intense but spread out so as to make it achievable. Facilities were great and everyone I met from walking in the first day were happy to help along the way. There is a lot to learn but this shouldn’t come as a surprise. My certificates came with a sense of achievement and the intention of continued learning. I know that there is a lot to learn now that I am out there working, classrooms can only show you so much. However, what I did learn is invaluable.
Tell us about your current role?
I was employed by an agency one day after posting my CV online. I have three months works as an electricians mate installing electrical systems in a pharmaceutical plant. I have also set-up a PAT test business which will grow to include testing and inspection as I gain experience in the industry.
Are you planning on taking any other electrical courses?
I have registered for my 2357 NVQ and AM2 exams which I’m working towards completing in 2019.
What has your experience been like working in the industry?
I’m really enjoying the work at the moment. There seems to be a great deal of work out there if you have the right attitude. The work I get is varied, I’m involved in everything from designing trunking runs and cable requirements to the actual on site installations. When I was interviewed for my first job I was told that being willing to invest in myself had helped me to standout and has shown that I obviously wanted to have a career in the industry.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to enter the industry?
I’m still new to this to be offering advice but if I were to say anything it would be that you get out what you put into the course. If you show an interest, turn up and make the effort, the staff at Trade Skills 4U will really help you to achieve your goals. I have no regrets at all (apart from purchasing too many sausage butties!).
How would you describe the facilities at Trade Skills 4U?
The facilities and equipment are top notch. The real value is in the quality of the training and the tutors. They are very knowledgeable and are happy to help, supported very well by the admin staff! If there is any further training I need in the future, Trade Skills 4U will be my first port of call.