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Case Study - David Murby

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 31st July 2018

Electrician Case Study

Name: David Murby

Company: Prospect Electrics

Course: Bronze Package, C&G 2377, C&G 2391

What did you do before you trained to be an electrician?

I left school and went to university to do a degree in physics. After graduating I started working for the then TSB Group as a programmer. I spent 25 years working with software for various companies in banking, warehousing and then for many years in motor insurance. I progressed up the career ladder from programmer to manager to IT Director, finally ending up as the Managing Director of a division of a FTSE 100 company. As I gained ‘promotions’ I moved further and further away from the activities I enjoyed, so I decided to go self employed as a contractor and interim manager. After completing one long contract, I was trying to figure out what to do next as I was getting a little frustrated working on long term projects that I managed but didn’t produce anything directly myself.

I have a very close friend from school, Norman, who after many years working for a bank became an electrician about 10 years ago, so I was inspired by his change of career. I was fortunate that I had a little money in the bank so was able to take some time to train and then invest in the business to set myself up.  After the initial training with Trade Skills 4U I was able to spend some time with Norman to learn many of the real-world practical skills that it’s almost impossible to learn in a classroom.

Which courses have you taken with Trade Skills 4U and why?

I took the Silver Domestic installer package initially as my aim was, and still is, to focus on the domestic installation business.

After about 6 months I took the 2391-52 Inspection and Testing course as I felt this would greatly improve my testing and inspection knowledge as well as allow me to carry out EICRs, which has been really useful to my business.

What was your training experience like with Trade Skills 4U?

I thought the set-up in Gatwick was excellent. The facilities are very good and very professional. The instructors are really knowledgeable and approachable and the support team that back them up are very helpful. When I was looking to do the 2391-52 I looked briefly at other facilities nearer to me in Reading but very quickly made the decision that it was worth the travelling to go back to Trade Skills 4U.

Tell us about your electrical business and how these course have helped you?

My business is just me and it has built up well over the 18 months since I started. I’m fortunate that I have been able to build up the projects I’ve done over time from simple light fitting changes and socket installations, right through to outdoor garden lighting projects and a three-story extension full wiring first and second fit.

The courses I’ve done have given me all the theoretical knowledge I’ve needed to do all of this, although I do find myself regularly going back to the books of course. Building up the practical knowledge carefully, making sure I don’t take on anything I was unsure about my capability for and having my old school friend Norman around as a sounding board, has enabled me to do the practical stuff that the courses equipped me for.

What are your plans for your business?

I’m happily going to stay on my own, building a solid business with a good reputation. Word of mouth has been very helpful to me already and I think many of the skills I had before I changed career have positioned me well, complementing the electrical knowledge I’ve gained. Skills like organisation, communication and customer focus that are common to any business regardless of industry.

Are you planning on taking any other courses to add to your revenue stream?

I thought about doing the Solar installer course but that not is so much of a job for someone on their own. Also I decided that at 50 I’m a little old to be climbing around on roofs! I may well do the Electric Vehicle Installer Course but at the moment I seem to be busy enough with the core domestic work.  Clearly, I’m going to need to do the 18th Edition updates and future revisions to keep up to date.

What has your experience been like working in the industry?

I get great pleasure from the feeling of completion I get from finishing something every week, and sometimes every day. Coming from software projects that can drag on for months and sometimes years without any obvious major output milestones this is very refreshing. When you get to the end of the day, press the switch and the lights come on and the customer is very happy, it is a great feeling.

I’ve also found it interesting coming from an industry where I could be involved in multi-million-pound projects where there is very individual accountability when things go wrong. In this industry you can go and do a project that could take as little as a day and be of the order of a couple of hundred pounds and, if it is done wrong, there is real danger to the customer and true accountability for the contractor (you can go to prison in the extreme). Part of the job is educating the customer because what seems simple to them can often involve a lot more than they think and I now see why the public often undervalue the skilled trades. This is where being a member of the NICEIC has been useful to me and I see that NAPIT, ELECSA and other trade bodies are trying hard to get the public to understand the needs to have correctly trained people carry out work.

What advice would you give to someone looking to train as an electrician?

Get a good mentor – I could not have done this without my friend Norman who has been an inspiration and sounding block throughout the whole process. You need someone you can discuss things with and learn from. Also, have a good financial plan so you know what you are getting into as the set-up costs are not small if you want to do this properly.

How would you describe the facilities and training at Trade Skills 4U?

Firstly, all the instructors I dealt with were first class. They explained everything clearly and sometimes from two or three different approaches to allow for the different learning styles of different class members. They have great experience (and great patience) to draw upon.

The facilities are very good for learning. There is plenty of practical application and opportunity to get on the tools as well as the theoretical learning. The balance between the two in the Silver course I did was really good.

We would like to thank David for sharing his experiences with us and wish him well for the future.

Categories: qualifications, electrician, case study, trade

Trade Skills 4U Partner with Rolec to Offer New Electrical Course

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 5th July 2018

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Rolec to introduce a new Electric Vehicle Course.

The collaboration comes after demand for electric vehicle points are on the rise across the country, and the need for qualified and skilled electricians are in need in this particular area.

We will deliver the Blue Domestic Installer course throughout the three training facilities based in Gatwick, Warrington and the recently opened Leeds centre. The course will run for 22 days, and is specially designed for those over 18 years old who are new to the electrical industry, wanting to offer a standalone service alongside other domestic installations.

As part of the exciting partnership with Rolec, students who have successfully passed the course will be automatically registered on the approved Rolec installer’s scheme. They will also be handed a Rolec welcome pack with an assigned contact at the company who will assist them if they should need it. Listing qualified electricians onto the installer scheme is extremely beneficial and means their name will appear on a national database which will enable them to work on jobs in the local and regional area.

Carl Bennett CEO of Trade Skills 4U said: “We are excited to move forward with the new partnership with Rolec. We believe the government’s initiative to eliminate all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 will mean the need for installing electrical vehicle points will rise. We are also pleased that the partnership Rolec will hugely benefit our students once they have qualified. As part of our appreciation we have named a training room the Rolec Suite that students will study in.”

Kieron Alsop, Managing Director of Rolec said: “We are delighted to be supporting and sponsoring Trade Skills 4U’s new EV charge point installation training course.

“The course will accommodate the full Rolec EV charging range, as well as marketing and technical documentation to support the course.

“Trade Skills 4U’s new training facilities are highly impressive and will enable training to be provided to a high standard, in a comfortable and modern environment.”

This course is great for those wanting to enter the trade on a domestic installer level. The content is stuctured to build your knowledge and skills up from a basic to advanced level so you can enter the industry confidently. 

To find out more about the course click here or speak to a course advisor today on: 0800 8056 4448

Categories: training, qualifications, electrical course

Case Study Kenny Whittle

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 24th May 2018

 

Course: 2365 Level 2 & 3

1. What did you do before you started training to be an electrician?

Before training at Trade Skills 4U, I worked in asset management. 

2. What was your reason for training?

I chose to train as an electrician because I had grown tired with working in an office environment and travelling to the same place of work day after day. I wanted abit more variety.

3. Why did you choose the electrical field?

Before becoming an asset manager, I worked in a factory producing vehicle wiring harnesses, thus, electrical work was the obvious choice. Also, working as an electrician would allow me to work in different locations and earn good money at the sme time so it met my needs.

4. Are you working as an electrician whilst studying?

I started working as an electrician 2 months into my level 2 course, for a company that maintains the electrical systems in a newspaper printers whilst also taking on various other contracts.The 2365 course allowed me to come into the industry and prove useful to the team on day one. I also noticed that as I progressed through the course, I could continue to take on more responsibility and tasks.

5. What do you enjoy most about the course? 

As a fan of science, particularly physics, I enjoyed learning about the theory behind electricity and how to carry out cable calculations.

6. Are you struggling with any of the topics?

So far, I haven't struggled with any of the topics or modules.

7. How would you describe the facilities at TS4U?

TS4U facilities are excellent. At no point did the group lose out due to facilities not being adequate.

8. Do you have any plans to gain more electrical qualifications?

I will use TS4U in the near future to get my inspection and testing certificate. Doing the course, and it being so diverse has made me realise how much I enjoy the theoretical and designing side of the industry. So I am contemplating further qualifications in that field.

9. What advice would you give to others thinking of taking the 2365?

Just sign up and change your life for the better. The course is over before you know it and then you are away. I am disappointed with myself I didn't do it sooner.

10. What are your plans for the future?

I will spend a few years on the tools as was my initial reason for starting the course, but eventually I would like to go into designing installations and perhaps teaching later on.

Categories: qualifications, electrician, case study, trade

James Lasowski - Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 16th January 2018

Case Study

Name: James Lasowski

Courses studied: C&G2365, C&G2357, C&G 2392-10 Inspection & Testing, 17th Edition

 

We recently spoke to James to find out what his reasons were for changing his career after 10 years to train as a sparky. 

What did you do before you became an electrician?

Before I became an electrician, I was a lifeguard for 10 years. It was a challenging role but very much the same every day and I became bored with the role as there was not much development to be had.

What was your reason for Training?

My reason for training was that I believed gaining a trade to be a fantastic career move, plus it had been suggested by a friend that Trade Skills 4U do a good electrician's courses.

Tell us about why you chose to become an electrician?

I chose to become an electrician because I have worked on site before as a labourer and was always interested in what the electricians were working on. I also think that being an electrician is an interesting role where I can develop and learn at my own pace.

Why did you decide to take the C&G2365 course?

I chose to take the C&G 2365 course so that I could learn more about the electrical trade and develop practical skills whilst learning from a teacher who has previously been on the tools.

Tell us about the job you do now and how this training has helped you?

At the moment I am working for agencies across London. This training has helped me by providing the necessary practical experience and theoretical knowledge which I can apply to my work on site.

The course also helped me gain my first work in the industry by having a session dedicated to CV building which helped identify key things to include that employers would look for. They also had a Facebook page which would regularly be updated with new roles as it is always interesting to see what is out there.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I have been working in the electrical industry for 2 years now and have loved it!

What other courses are you hoping to attend at Trade Skills 4U and why?

I plan to attend the Inspection and Testing 2391 because I want to develop my testing skills.

Please tell us about your training with Trade Skills 4U. What were your best bits, difficult bits, interesting bits?

My favourite bit at Trade Skills 4U was the practical sessions. My tutor was a good teacher and explained the practical side very well. However, I did find the fault finding difficult and got confused on a few of the tasks but I found the theory very interesting, especially when I was doing the math.

What are your plans for the future?

In the future I plan on becoming a sole trader so that I can perform my ow inspection and testing.

What is the best experience you have had so far in your new career?

My favourite period was when I was working as an electrical mate in a hotel in Tower Bridge. I learned a lot about metal work and wiring circuits in toilets.

How would you describe the facilities and training at Trade Skills 4U?

I would say that the classroom atmosphere was brilliant and the materials were good, and of course really enjoyed the free coffee.

 

We would like to thank James for sharing his experiences with us and wish him well for the future.

Categories: training, qualifications, electrician, case study

Noemi Willenbockel Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 6th December 2017

case study

Name: Noemi Willenbockel

Courses: City & Guilds 2392-10 Inspection & Testing Course

Noemi recently completed a 4 year MEng degree in Engineering with a specialisation in Electrical Engineering, particularly renewable energy technologies. She is now working as a graduate electrical engineer for a company dealing with the delivery of major infrastructure projects.

What is your reason for training?

My reason for training is to develop my skills and gain a better understanding of how electrical installations are designed and tested according to regulations. My educational background focused heavily on the science of electricity generation, transmission and distribution but didn’t teach me about the practicalities of installing a safe electrical system and the governing regulations involved in this. Learning more about how to apply the 17th edition to verify an installation will be hugely beneficial for my current work and future career.

Tell us about why you choose to become an electrician?

While I am not training to become an electrician, I chose to specialise in Electrical Engineering when studying a general engineering course as I was excited by the wide variety of potential work in the electrical industry and the key role of electricity in securing sustainable energy for the future.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I have been working for 3 months now, since September 2017, following 4 years at university.

Tell us about your current job?

My current job is a Project Engineering role, which involves reviewing electrical designs for low voltage power installations and overseeing the progression of the project from the design stage, through to construction and then testing, commissioning and handover.

Why did you decide to take the 2392-10 Inspection & Testing Course and how will this help you in your career?

I chose to attend this course to better understand the requirements for inspection and testing of electrical installations, as this is a key part of the commissioning process on any project. I specifically chose the City & Guilds 2392 course as I am new to testing and had no real practical experience. I wanted to develop my hands-on testing skills to become more familiar with electrical installations in a practical sense as my education to-date has been very theoretical. Learning to use real testing equipment on a sample installation will help me better visualise the design drawings I regularly review at work.

What other courses are you hoping to attend at Trade Skills 4U and why?

I would like to attend the City & Guilds 2396 Electrical Design course. Further knowledge of the design process will also help me in my current role of reviewing designs completed by others, as well as better qualifying me to complete my own designs in potential future job roles.

Tell us about your training experience with Trade Skills 4U?

I had a very good week at Trade Skills 4U. I felt that the course was of a suitable level, challenging enough to keep me fully engaged the entire time but with enough time to take in the course material so that I felt prepared for the assessments at the end of the week. I enjoyed the facilities, getting to practice tests on the demo boards, and found the overall atmosphere of the centre enjoyable.

What is the best experience you have had so far in your new career?

The best part of my new career so far has been the wide variety in my day to day work, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot in a short space of time and it’s been great to work on a real life project after many years of studying.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to continue to grow in my job role, developing more experience on project to work towards becoming a chartered Engineer. I would like to work on a range of infrastructure projects, getting to be involved in the whole process of a job from start to finish.

Do you have any advice for other women looking to retrain as an electrician?

My advice would be to not feel intimidated by the stereotypes of the electrical industry being heavily dominated by men. Throughout my time studying, and now working, in Engineering I haven’t felt out of place as a woman or underestimated.

What has your experience been like working in a typically male dominated industry?

I have yet to experience any particular negatives of working in a typically male dominated industry. It can be very noticeable at work sometimes how few women there are around in similar job roles to me but I haven’t felt as if I’ve been treated differently because of this. If anything, I’ve felt a lot of support as in general the industry appears to keen to attract and retain women in Engineering roles.

What opportunities do you think there are for women working in the electrical industry?

In my limited experience in the electrical industry, I believe that while it is very male dominated, this is largely to do with tradition rather than a lack of opportunities for women. Historically careers in the electrical industry haven’t been encouraged as an option for young women thinking about their future. If this were to change then maybe the industry could become more balanced.

Categories: training, qualifications, case study

James Lovett - Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 22nd November 2017

case study

Name: James Lovett

Courses Studied: C&G2365 Level 2/3, Bronze Package

We caught up with one of our students James Lovett following his training with us to ask how he got on and to find out what his plans are for the future.

Why did you decide to train with us?

After leaving the army I decided to train with Trade Skills 4U as I was able use my ELCAS credits to put towards my resettlement training, also I had heard good things about Trade Skills 4U.

Why did you decide to take the C&G 2365 course and how will this help you?

I decided to take the 2365 course to get a step closer to becoming a fully qualified electrician. I needed to do this in a quicker time period due to having a mortgage etc. I currently work full-time at Gatwick Airport as a Maintenance Electrician and I hope that his course will open more doors for my career.

Tell us about why you chose to become an electrician?

My brother is an electrician and I had a taste of what it was like, so I decided to take my first steps and booked the Bronze Domestic Installer course with Trade Skills 4U. This gave me a good foot in the door to the electrical industry where I worked for a year and a half as a domestic electrician. I then managed to get a job with TA Boxall & Co Ltd as a Maintenance Electrician.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I have been in the industry now for just over 3 years.

What difference has training made to you?

The training has made a massive difference. Now I can go on to complete my NVQ and AM2 Assessment and become a fully qualified confident electrician with the company I work for.

How would you describe the facilities and training at Trade Skills 4U?

The facilities are very good at Trade Skills 4U, with rest areas, free tea and coffee etc. and great support from the tutors.

Please tell us about your training with Trade Skills 4U. What were your best bits, difficult bits, interesting bits?

My best bits were definitely the workshop weeks, putting what you learn on paper into practice and testing it to prove it all works. The difficult bits for me were the maths but with great tutors who explain things really well everything fell into place. The whole course is interesting as you are learning constantly and as you get through each week more and more bits all fall into place.

We would like to thank James for sharing his training experience with us and wish him the very best of luck for the future.

Categories: training, qualifications, case study

Giovanni Asiedu - Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 23rd August 2017

Giovanni Asiedu

Name: Giovanni Asiedu

Courses taken: City and Guilds 2365 level 2 and 3 full diploma, City & Guilds 2393 Part P

Outcome: Working in industry

We caught up with Giovanni Asiedu, following his training with Trade Skills 4U to find out how he was getting on, and are delighted to hear that he was able to start work sub-contracting and working on commercial sites just one week after completing his course and is now working his way towards being a fully qualified electrician.

What did you do before your electrical training?

Before training to become an electrician, I worked in retail for many years. After a while it felt like I was going nowhere and I wasn’t doing anything to develop myself.

Why did you decide to train as an electrician?

I didn’t want to continue working in a job where I became comfortable in an environment that didn’t challenge me, so I started looking for work that was more technical. I wanted to do something that tested my abilities, and decided to go for a complete career change. I have always wanted to learn a trade and to have the ability and knowledge to physically carry out a skill, no matter the situation I was in, or where in the world I went.

Why did you decide to take the C&G 2356 L2 & 3?

I had no previous experience, skills or qualifications to get started in the electrical trade, and there weren’t a lot of opportunities available to gain the work experience I needed.

I thought it would be a struggle to get on the job training at an entry level and most places that offered apprenticeships had age restrictions, and to even start as an electricians mate I would need some foundation of theory, practical knowledge or experience.

I knew I had to start from the very beginning, so I looked online for courses that could help me get up and running. It wasn’t long before I was directed to the Trade Skills 4U website. The site had a clear explanation of what the C&G 2365 Level 2 & 3 was, in comparison to the other electrical courses offered. It stated it would be the best course for a beginner looking to get into the electrical trade, and on completing the course I would be employable.

And that’s exactly what I was able to do. I completed my Level 2 & 3 and had the qualifications to apply for work and start working as an electrician the next week.

What are your plans now?

Having completed the C&G 2365 course I set out to continue learning and adding to the knowledge and experience I had gained, and applying all of this to my current working environment in order to work towards an NVQ and AM2 as soon as possible.

What was your training experience like with Trade Skills 4U?

For me, learning the theory from scratch was one of the most difficult parts of the course. However, I had an amazing teacher, who was so patient and determined and taught me to understand so that I found a way to make it stick.

I went from not having a clue the first few times I heard a subject, to passing all my exams with merits or distinctions the first time, and later on in the course even being able to attempt and then complete detailed coursework at home.

What is the best experience you have had so far in your new career?

Since gaining my qualifications I have been sub-contracting and working on commercial sites; including new builds and refurbishments of schools.

At first I was nervous, and work seemed daunting outside of the Trade Skills 4U centre, however taking on everything I learnt and working alongside experienced electricians I have been able to put together my new-found knowledge and practical experience in many challenging situations.

Since then, I have been confident and capable enough to work alone and complete 1st and 2nd fix work in large areas and rooms of schools.

How would you describe the facilities and training at Trade Skills 4U?

The facilities at the Crawley Centre offered specific working areas that allowed me to gain vital practical experience that helped me understand what it would be like working in the electrical trade. From working at heights setting up towers to putting up a fuse board and wiring circuits in steel conduit, and even testing 3 phase boards and fault finding on different rigs. All of this mixed in with intense theory lessons helped me reach the level of understanding I have, and use today.

Finally, do you have any advice for others wanting to train as an electrician?

I was very lucky to have been part of a great class and to have had a dedicated and patient teacher. There was a range of experience and learning levels, some had years of experience and others, like myself, had none. My best advice would be to take in as much as you can during your time training as you can learn a lot from what different people and their experiences can bring to the time shared. And of course you have an experienced and well informed group of teachers, who themselves have their own experiences you can learn from. You don’t want to regret not asking those around you for help with how or what helped them already.

It’s because of the people and teachers I met during my time training that I was able to gain such an understanding of what it is to be, and work as an electrician before I even started as one. It is these tips and lessons I have learnt that I will keep with me going forward in my new career.

 

We would like to thank Giovanni for sharing his story and offering his words of advice to anyone thinking of becoming an electrician. We wish Giovanni the very best of luck for the future and hope he continues to have a successful career as an electrician.

If you are interested in an electrical training course, please visit our Course Finder page.

Categories: qualifications, electrician, employment, case study

Kelly Vincent - Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 25th May 2017

 

 

Name: Kelly Vincent

Company: Kelly Electrics, Female Electricians Ltd

Location: London

Courses: City & Guilds 2399 Solar PV Full-8 and previously City & Guilds 2330 L2&3

 

 

We caught up with Kelly to ask her why she chose to take the 2399 Solar PV Full-8 course and to find out what made her decide to become an electrician.

Reason for Training?

I worked within the NHS in an administrative role for almost 10 years and although I enjoyed it I didn’t feel like I was being challenged enough. I moved through various different NHS Trusts and Services, but I knew I didn’t want to be stuck inside an office everyday anymore and I wanted to learn something new. I wanted a job where I could choose my hours but still earn good money, so when I spoke to my parents my dad, being a building contractor with a successful business suggested electrics or plumbing. I looked into it and thought the technical side of being an electrician appealed to me more than plumbing, so I did some research online and TradeSkills4U stood out with the best reviews. I signed up to the 2330 Level 2 & 3, which meant I would be out of work for 9 months, but it was on a 2 week on 2 week basis which allowed me to do some temp work in between. That was 8 years ago, and even though you now offer shorter courses for Domestic Installers, which would have been perfect for me, having done the full 2330 (now replaced by the 2365 Diploma) I feel I have a more rounded and thorough knowledge than some of the students doing the Domestic Installer course, so am pleased I did it.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

When I first qualified I wanted to get a trainee job with a company so I could learn the practical knowledge and build my confidence. I applied to British Gas, local electrical firms and big electrical companies, but no one was employing anyone at the time. I almost gave up when I got a call from a new company looking for trainees to work alongside their senior electricians. It was fate, because the job was local, the hours where perfect, and the person I was teamed up with was a brilliant teacher. 6 years later I’m confident and competent and running my own business and training other females.

Tell us about your business and the staff you employ?

I have two full-time female electricians working for me, and a long standing part-time female, who is currently in her last year at university studying Architecture. When I first became self-employed and turning up for jobs, the feedback from my clients was that they opted for me not only because of my reputation and reviews, but also because I was a female. I didn’t know if people would take me seriously being a female tradesperson, but the response has been amazing. Since then I have tried to promote and encourage women to get into the construction industry and provide opportunities for them for training.

Why did you decide to take the 2399 Solar PV course and how will this help your business?

I’ve been a domestic and light commercial electrician for 7 years, and although site work has never appealed to me I have always been interested in renewable energy. Elly joined our team almost two years ago now and she has a background in solar power and is extremely passionate about green technology. My husband and I recently bought a house and have been renovating it, I thought it was the perfect time for Elly and I to get qualified in Solar PV installation and set up a solar panel installation on the property, which we could use for our MCS installer assessment.

What other courses have you studied with Trade Skills 4U and how did these help you?

In 2009 I booked myself onto the 2330 Level 2 & 3 (now replaced by the 2365 Diploma). I was nervous driving into the training centre, and as I made my way to the classroom I could feel myself shaking and I was on the verge of walking back to my car. But when I saw the other students, looking around as unsure as I was, and the big old smile on the tutors face beckoning me in and welcoming everyone, I took a seat and very quickly felt at ease. The other students where all very friendly and supportive, interested in my choice of career change, and learning a new skill with tutors that actually care about what they’re teaching, it gave me the confidence I needed to continue my journey.

Tell us about your training experience with Trade Skills 4U?

I really enjoyed the course as a whole, the teachers were all very knowledgeable and happy to give further explanations if you didn’t understand anything. The environment was warm and peaceful, we were able to concentrate when we needed to and test conditions were all very relaxed and calming. The workshops were as realistic as they could be for a training centre, and the rooftops for the solar course were fab, although I wish we had got to spend some more time on them.

What are your plans for your business?

We have designed the installation for solar panels at the house we own, and will be installing it in the next couple of months. I’m hoping to arrange for Elly to work with a Solar PV installer working around London on new build properties, so we can gain some solid experience in commercial solar installs and how they differ to domestic ones. It’s early stages yet!

What is the best experience you have had so far in your career?

Training newly qualified women and being able to help them grow in confidence, watching them learn and improve and eventually work unsupervised is very satisfying!

Do you have any advice for other women looking to retrain as an electrician?

Do it! If you’re not shy of hard work, you can dedicate yourself to it, and if you want a job that you can feel satisfied from at the end of every day, then do it. It’s got a perfect mix of technical and physical work, full of problem solving as well as working up a sweat! I’ve never looked back.

What has your experience been like working in a typically male dominated industry?

I’ve had a really positive experience, the men I have worked with onsite have always been very respectful, interested and supportive, and I’ve never had a problem finding work. I have very loyal clients, and have managed to build a good reputation. The feedback from clients has all been really amazing, and I think women have the ability to make an impact and bring a different experience to construction work in people’s home.

What opportunities do you think there are for women working in the electrical industry?

I feel like there could be more promotion and education for girls in schools at an early stage to encourage them into the electrical industry, I don’t’ feel that girls even think of trades as an option when they’re at school. I did find it difficult to find a job as a trainee when I first started, but I have no way of knowing if it was because I was a woman, or if it was because of the recession. I like to think it was because of the recession!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about, ie any achievements/awards etc

Women in Construction Awards 2014 Finalist

Britain’s Top Tradesman 2014 National Finalist and Highly Commended

BEST Business Women Awards 2015 – Shortlisted and Runner up

We attended a careers event at Preston Manor School in 2014 for the ‘Challenging Perceptions of Women’s Work’ for year 8 students

We wish Kelly the very best of luck for the future and hope her business continues to thrive.

If you are interested in any of the courses mentioned in this post please visit our Course Finder page.

Categories: female electrician, qualifications, employment, case study

Paul Aspinall Case Study

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 3rd January 2017

Name:

Paul Aspinall

Location:

Lancing - West Sussex

Course: 

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 & 3

 

 

 

 

 

We spoke to Paul about what he's been up to since completing his Level 2 & 3 diploma and how he found employment after the course. 

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

I worked in insurance as a Third Party Motor Claims Negotiator.

2. Why did you decide to retrain as an electrician?

I wanted a career change and I have always been interested in the electrical world and have been interested in how electricity works, so I thought it would be a great time to change.

3.  What difference has training with us made to you?

It gave me a great knowledge base and a platform from which I could potentially go into various areas of the electrical field.

4. Did you meet your initial goals through completing the qualification?

I did, and exceeded them. The course taught me more than I thought I would have learnt.

5. What were the highlights of the course?

There were quite a few. The facilities are top class, I had really knowledgeable tutors and the practical experience it taught me was great.

6. What type of employment did you find when completing the course?

I initially got called up by an electrical firm and we installed miles of basket tray and ran cables for new door controls at a flight instruction centre. I have also worked on house rewires as well as various domestic jobs in a variety of places.

7. How long did it take you to find a job?

I actually got called up from a flyer I left with an electrical wholesaler before I had finished my final exams.

8. What job are you doing now?

I have started work at British Gas as an Apprentice Smart Energy Expert.

9. What are your plans for the future?

Starting work at British Gas has given me the security of a job that I sought and there are fantastic opportunities to continue to learn and progress within the company.

10. Would you recommend Trade Skills 4U?

Absolutely. It is by far the best training centre you can go to. The facilities are excellent and the trainers are top class. If anyone is considering going to Trade Skills 4 U, you will not be disappointed.

We wish you the best of luck in your career with British Gas Paul.

Categories: training, qualifications, electrician, case study

Why Soldiers Make Great Sparkies

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 11th July 2016

At Trade Skills 4 U we believe those from the forces possess the best characteristics to work as an electrician. As the company is ELC registered, service men and women can use enhanced learning credits towards any of our resettlement courses. Providing them the help they need to start a new career.

Traits between an electrician and soldiers are very similar including; discipline, patience and the ability to problem solve. Combine this with the UK’s current need for qualified electricians, there’s no better time to consider a long and fruitful career in electrical field.

They’re disciplined

Electricians have to follow a logical structure when it comes to installation, inspection and testing. There’s also policies and regulations to adhere to as well as a pattern and sequence that need to be undertaken on each job particularly when inspecting and testing. Soldiers are also excellent listeners and have been trained to follow instructions to the hilt.

They don’t mind hard graft

Soldiers are keen and committed to taking on a challenge and completing a job so it’s finished on time. They are used to both physical and mental hard work, which sets them in good stead to get a job done- big or small.

They don’t mind physical labour

Being an electrician is a hands on job, and can be physically demanding at times in a domestic or commercial setting. Coming from an Army background can be hugely beneficial when entering the electrical trade. Soldiers are at the peak of their physical fitness where stamina is part and parcel of the job. Therefore, they are the perfect candidate to take on a hands-on job.

They like to use brains and brawn

Completing an electrical job requires a combination of strategy building, design work, problem solving and manual labour. Being part of the forces requires soldiers to use their brain to retain information and think quickly. Some electrical jobs can be complicated but with the skillset of a soldier a hard task can be finished competently.

They are honest and usually true to their word

Everyone has heard of the horror stories about tradesman not being completely honest. Soldiers possess a sense of integrity and loyalty. Not only that they are used to following a code of behaviour which sets them apart from the average tradesman and makes them standout as the right man for the job.

They often have a great network of contacts

Being part of a troop and creating a close bond with those you work with in the army has many benefits when a soldier is out of the forces. They will generally have a wide network of connections which can be useful when either calling for additional help or planning a project that requires different disciplines.

They are organised, clean and tidy

There’s nothing better than an electrician who tidies up after them self! Strict regimes and structure are embedded into those who enter the forces from day one. Meaning there should be no mess during or after a job.

There’s many different courses that those from the forces can consider. A C&G 2365 will enable you to work in commercial, domestic and industrial settings, whereas the Bronze and Silver packages will give you the skillset and qualifications necessary to undertake domestic wiring. The qualifications are flexible which means some courses can be split into 4 parts at 1 week intervals (Bronze) that can be adapted to suit your needs. Whilst the 2365 is 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off. This means if you are working whilst undertaking the qualification it gives you the option of working part time. You can also come back and complete elements of the qualification at a time that suits you.

Trade Skills 4 U is very supportive of those who have served in the forces. We want to help them succeed in any way we can which is why we offer a Forgotten Heroes bursary scheme. We offer free training in our centre every week for someone who has been recently injured in military conflicts or to one of our many Forgotten Heroes who are struggling to find their feet following their discharge from the armed forces. To find out how to access the courses speak to a member of the team today 01293 529 777 or click here for resettlement courses or the Forgotten Heroes Scheme.

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