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.