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Meet a Student: Alex Beedel

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 14th October 2013

Every now again we like to introduce you to one of our students so you can get a feel for what they think of us and the type of people that train here at Trade Skills 4U. This week we have caught up with Alex Beedel who happens to be related to Chris Beedel from Certsure.

Alex is 20 years old, a bright chap who has already passed a foundation Degree in Countryside Management. However like many graduates he was unsure about working in his chosen field and was looking for a new challenge. He is at an age where his decisions really count and with some good references from family and friends already working in the electrical industry he decided to retrain with Trade Skills 4U.

Alex weighed up the time and expense of doing a longer course but in the end decided to attend our Bronze Domestic Installers Package. He was with us for 18 days in total between the 1st and 24th July.

Being a bit of a bright spark Alex passed all 4 of his qualifications first time. On passing we caught up with him and asked some questions:

What made you want to study electrical installation?

“I have been interested in electrics since school and did some work experience. If an apprenticeship had been available I would have done it. I haven’t been really happy in all the jobs I have undertaken since school and was looking to progress towards a permanent job and career. After my GCSES I did a course in Gamekeeping & Countryside Management and up until now I had been working as a tree surgeon. ”

Why did you choose Trade Skills 4U?

“You were the first on the internet, the price seemed reasonable; I took advantage of the Summer Sale and paid £2045 plus VAT. The pass rates listed were high and I also had a recommendation from my uncle Chris Beedel who works for Certsure. “

How was the course funded?

“I managed to get a loan from my Dad which he has agreed I can pay back once I am working.”

What were the main things you liked about Trade Skills 4U?

“The facilities were great, I was training during the heat wave so it was a godsend that the building had aircon. All the classrooms were perfect for the course you were studying and generally it was a really nice learning environment.

“Also there are lots of excellent hotels close to the training centre which was  handy as I live in Hertfordshire and stayed over. “

“The class dynamic worked really well and I got to know the guys  through the course as most of us spent nearly 4 weeks together. The practical’s were really enjoyable and the tutors were consistently excellent throughout the different courses.

“I expect to be back in the future probably to top up my qualifications once I have more experience under my belt. I would definitely recommend Trade Skills 4U.”

What’s next for you?

“I am now going to look for work as a Domestic Installer, get some experience and get myself registered with NICEIC. I am now confident enough to go out and start doing installations.”

Like many in the industry Alex has chosen to start out as a Domestic Installer. He knows this will give him a taste of what it is like to work as an electrician. As his experience grows he may then choose to qualify as a commercial electrician too.