After conducting a short survey, I had a chat with one of our students Tony Middleton. He was telling me what he has been up to and what he plans to do in the future now he has some qualifications under his belt.
Name: Tony Middleton
Course: Level 2 & 3 2365 January - August 2015
Q. What type of work did you do before becoming an electrician?
I served in the military.
Q. Why did you decide to become an electrician?
I decided to become an electrician because the money is well-paid and there will always be a demand for an electrician. It’s a diverse field and a worldwide profession.
Q. What difference has the course made to your career?
The course completely made a difference. I had worked briefly as an electricians mate on the docks helping re-wire Oil Rigs. I was mostly pulling SWA and clearing up with not a great understanding on why you use this size/type and not a smaller or larger cable. I also didn’t know the difference between RCBO’s and RCD’s.
Q. How long is it since you last studied?
Yesterday! I haven’t been in the profession very long so I regularly study to keep everything fresh. I am also starting my NVQ Level 3 and AM2 in the New Year.
Q. What type of work are you doing now?
I am currently working on a commercial project in my local area.
Q. How long did it take you to find employment once you finished studying?
I found employment the Monday after I finished my course at Trade Skills 4U working on domestic new builds.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who is looking at entering the trade?
I would advise them to try and find employment with a qualified electrician whilst you are studying. This will benefit you massively in the workshop and help you get a better idea of how to apply what you’ve learnt on site.
Q. What are your future plans?
My future plans are to complete my NVQ Level 3 and AM2. Once I am qualified I plan to emmigrate to another country as having a trade skill backing you, such as an electrician will really help my application.
Q. What did you think of Trade Skills 4U?
I found the training centre very helpful. The tutors understand that each student has come from different jobs and backgrounds and adapt their teaching so everyone understands. I would definitely recommend them as a training provider.
We wish Tony the very best of luck with his NVQ and AM2 and his plans to emmigrate.