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Reflection time

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 25th February 2011

New Year’s resolutions, how are you getting on with yours?

Now that the first few months of the year have passed and it’s nearly March, it may be time to reflect on the promises you made to yourself when that clock struck 12. Whether you decided to change your eating habits or change your career, we at Trade Skills 4U understand that change can be hard.

A majority of our customers are new entrants into this industry and we understand that there is a real need to make sure that they are supported through this journey. Change is something that people embrace or choose to avoid at all costs but it’s something to consider when it comes to your career. Long gone are the day where you’d pick a career from 16 and work hard until you were 60; statistics suggest that workers between the ages of 18 and 38 change jobs an average of 10 times. By changing your career you may even discover that hidden skill, did you know that Vincent Van Gogh was a school master before he became a painter?

So whatever changes you’ve agreed you’d make this year, try to put them into practice. You never know they may lead you somewhere great.

Check out our range of electrical and renewable courses online today.

Categories: career change

Well Done!

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 22nd February 2011

The charity bike ride update

Trade Skills 4U would like to say a massive well done to April Gullis and her friends at school for raising a brilliant £230 for their chosen charity, The Chestnut Tree House, last month.

April and her friends rode during their break times last month and sold a variety of foods and other lovely bits & pieces all to raise money for this wonderful charity.

The Chestnut Tree House is a children’s hospice near Arundel which provides invaluable care to children who develop life-limiting illnesses. This worthy cause has provided invaluable support for both children and families so every donation counts.

If you would like to donate or get involved with fundraising for The Chestnut Tree House, take a look at their website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/


Categories: charity, company news

One for the ladies

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 21st February 2011

The lack of women in trades

There has always been a lack of women in trade industry, particularly in the electrical side of things. As career choices happen so young with apprenticeships and GCSE choices, electrical training career opportunities don’t attract girls at that age because they are simply not the target audience. Gender stereotypes are not as blue and pink as they have been and to inspire women to become part of trade as a whole there needs to be a change early on.  There is no reason why these professions should be so stereotyped, there's a shortage of decent electricians and part of the reason must be that 50% of the population aren’t choosing to train in the non-traditional services. Young women need to be shown the benefits of a well-paid job and a rewarding career.

So what attracts men to the trade?

Every job has their pro’s and con’s so what makes this type of job so well received by men? Boys love their toys; men often like to tinker, tweak, problem solve, fix and work hands on. Electrical contracting often means a great variety of when and where you work as well as what you do on a day to day basis. An obvious attraction to this trade is the wage packet, electricians are well paid and depending on where you are located you could earn £40,000 PA. However none of these attractions are specific to men they are simply more specific to the stereo typical male.

Women in the trade

For many women in the trade they have used their gender as a marketing tool. This usually involves labelling men as cowboy’s and suggesting that by employing a lady you will get the job done more quickly, tidily, politely and sometimes at lower prices . This stereotyping of male electricians is not greatly received by many in the trade and rightly so. Although there are some rogue traders these stereo types definitely do not apply to all male electricians.

However despite the fact these stereo types are mainly unfounded the there is definitely a demand for female domestic electrical installers as many women do prefer to open their door to someone from the same sex.

The NICEIC’s Emma McCarthy “There is now a good business case to employ more women. Consumers sometimes prefer to hire female contractors and our research highlighted that some female homeowners admit to feeling intimidated when having to deal with a male electrician.”

Other marketing aspects for women can relate to religion, in the Muslim community, husbands prefer to have a lady in the house rather than a man.

Training together can help men and women

Interestingly, many trainers have noticed that the whole class benefits from mixed lessons. Females tend to achieve above average and when taught together in a mixed environment there is a direct improvement in males.

Andy Hay-Ellis from Trade Skills 4U says “Whether it is a natural effort to impress or prove themselves we are not sure but our instructors have noticed that classes tend to be less boisterous and test scores were higher almost every time a woman was present on the course. However even in this day and age we still find many of our classes do not contain a single woman”.

The future

Recent figures indicate that ‘less than one in every 1,000 electrical contractors is female.’ This has plunged since 2003 when there was an average of one female electrical contractor to every 600 men. To redress this imbalance NICEIC has recently launched its ‘Job for the girls’ campaign.

Emma McCarthy, said, “This image of our industry as an exclusive one is dangerous. If we are to plug the skills shortage gap then we can’t afford to dismiss half the working population.”

As part of the campaign, The NICEIC is working on a practical guide to help raise awareness and promote equality whilst giving its accredited members guidance. This scheme is hoping to recruit more young females into its new apprentice academy. Hopefully the future sees a gender balance in the more male dominated trades, as gender certainly doesn’t define capability.


Categories: electrician training

Trade Skills 4U Finalist in Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

Today it was announced that Trade Skills 4U Managing Director Carl Bennett, has been selected as one of the three finalists in the ‘Business man of the year’ category for the Gatwick Diamond Awards. The award ceremony will take place on the 17th March 2011 where the winner will be announced.

Carl Bennett said "It is a real pleasure to be nominated for this type of award as the Gatwick Diamond is home to a vast range of businesses which span all sectors of the economy, from household names to niche companies, and from multinationals to sole traders."

Having spent 22 years in the Met Police until a brain tumour resulted in his early retirement from the elite SO19, Carl Bennett opened up Trade Skills 4U which with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work became the UK’s No.1 specialist independent electrical training provider. In the beginning Carl put a lot of consideration into where to locate the business to give it the best chance of succeeding. Carl said, “I had to be in an area to encourage my customers to visit, and the Manor Royal fits that bill perfectly."

Having been established since 2005, Trade Skills 4U has aimed to provide their customers with the knowledge, understanding and approval of their awarding bodies so that their customers are fully equipped with the skills promised. Armed with such skills, a customer can begin carving their path as a qualified tradesman.

Carl Bennett’s drive and managing skills have led his team through the recession. The success and dedication to training has seen the company grow at a time when many have seen a decline. As a result of their hard work, Trade Skills 4U will be launching their brand new Renewables Energy Training Facility in April 2011. This launch will include the attendance of special guests.

The Gatwick Diamond Business Award winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to the sub-region.


Categories: company news

New Apprenticeships

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

Trade Skills 4U partner up with Chichester College to provide quality training apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands on experience on the job.

As the Apprenticeship week (7th-11th February 2011) draws to a close, the ‘Million Extra scheme’ is officially launched. This scheme, sponsored by City&Guilds, aims to help lead a talent revolution by bringing people together to ensure that one million people start an apprenticeship by summer 2012, and shine and grow through them.

Extra is how they’re going to make it happen. They will create a range of inspiring programmes and support for training centres, employers and learners, all to help achieve the mission.

Trade Skills 4U are doing their bit and have just partnered up with Chichester College in West Sussex to provide a range of apprenticeships. Both employers and employees can benefit from electrical NVQ traineeships which are available for people aged 16 and over covering the following areas:

City & Guilds Electro technical (levels 2 & 3)


Functional Skills

Apprenticeships really can be a win-win situation for both employers and employees. Apprentices also offer an affordable solution for your work force needs, not just in the short term but also in the longer term as they grow with your business. Employers gain quality skilled labour, that house your own practices and skills. These two combined provide invaluable teaching for the employee and the ideal workforce for the employer.

For an information pack please contact info@tradeskills4u.co.uk or simply call 01293 529777.

Categories: company news, electrician training, apprenticeships

Green Homes Career Opportunity

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

We have teamed up with 'The Green Homes Company' to offer exceptional training and a great new career offer!

Due to the outstanding quality of our training, our trained solar installers will be looked at as potential employees for 'The Green Homes Company's' growing business. This obviously doesn't mean that you are guaranteed a job after you train, but a relationship like this enables a foot in the door.

Acceptance to interview will depend on criteria such as location and previous experience.




Categories: jobs, renewable energy, solar pv

A Very Special Trip

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

On the 13th of March 2011 a very special skiing trip will commence. The SSCD ‘Southern Ski Club for the Disabled’ will be gracing the slopes of Courchevel, France with the support of their volunteers.

Amongst the volunteers is Paul Chapman, an instructor at Trade Skills 4U.Paul begun volunteering for the SSCD five years ago and trained as a ski guide with them helping children with various disabilities ranging from neurological disease to Down syndrome. TS4U will be funding his trip so that he can continue to help the children enjoy the joys of childhood.

We hope Paul and the SSCD have a fantastic time, all the best.






Categories: charity, company news, events

A Worthy Cause

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

Trade Skills 4U are delighted to sponsor April Gullis this month in her efforts to support ‘The Chestnut Tree House’ which is a children’s hospice near Arundel.

The hospice helps children and their loved ones by providing care and support when their child develops a life-limiting illness.

April and her friends have decided to do a sponsored bike ride which will consists of the girls riding for one hour at break time on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2011. As well as their riding efforts, there will be a stall of toffee apples for the supporters to purchase.

For more information on this worthy cause, visit their website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/



A Company Like No Other

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 18th February 2011

Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame, but getting noticed for the wrong reasons tends to last a lot longer than that.

The reason this is being brought to attention is because we seem to be getting confused with another competitor.

We would like to remind our customers of who we are, and why we are the UK’s largest and most successful electrical training centre.

We at tradeskills4u are very proud of our brand. We have been established since 2005, aiming to provide our customers with the knowledge, understanding and approval of our awarding bodies so that they are fully equip with the skills we promised them. Armed with these skills, a customer can begin carving their path as a qualified tradesman.

We have a dedicated team of staff who give honest and constructive advice to help you choose the right course for you. We are all dedicated to your success.

We house a professional and well experienced team that practice in our brand new state of the art facilities.

We are proud of the courses we run and of the instructors that teach them.

We have continued to use our friendly and fresh approach to adapt to the times, and now offer renewables courses for this eco-friendly age.

We hold examinations that have credibility and are truly a thorough test of the knowledge gained here.

We are fully accredited by City & Guilds, EAL and NICEIC, offering real world training by the most interesting and experienced instructors

We deliver ‘Platinum training’ says EAL.

We monitor our press on forums and value it. Tell us how we can get better.

If you have any queries old or new please be sure to give us a call 01293 529777, we’re always happy to hear from you.


Categories: company news, renewable energy, electrician training