Cliff on how Ecobuild 2011 helped his plumbing course with Train4TradeSkills

Cliff Raw is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills and is part of our network of student bloggers. In his last blog (which was his first blog for us), Cliff told us why he wants to be a plumber and what he was up to. Here’s Cliff’s latest blog:

Last week was Ecobuild 2011 and I spent the week in London attending seminars and other events, it was a fantastic experience with many new and established companies in attendance.

Ecobuild is the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, and with more than 600 speakers, 1300 exhibitors, one of the most influential conferences in the sector. As a trainee plumber I found it to be an invaluable experience with the chance to get hands-on experience of the products on the market as well as being able to chat with suppliers and manufactures,

I brought away with me a huge supply of literature and made lots of new and useful contacts that will certainly be very helpful in the pursuit of my new career.

So not much actual course-work got done last week but as my current modules are on setting up in business the chance to meet lots of new businesses was brilliant. I hope to visit a few more trade events and conferences and would advise all Train4TradeSkills students to do the same.

Also this week I have invested in a new blow torch having blundered my way through with an antiquated torch, now I have a Rothenberger Superfire 2 which I am looking forward to using very soon. Hand-tools are of huge importance and as such need to be of the very best quality as a part-time worker this can be a bit disheartening when I see the price of some of the items I still need but I am getting there.

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About Train4tradeSkills

Train4TradeSkills offer the only trade training skills courses that combine three great ways to learn, through a unique blend of book based theory, practical workshops and virtual reality PC based training, to help you qualify you as a plumber, electrician or gas engineer. No other learning provider offers our unique way to study, with full tutor support, easy to follow, step by step modules. Once you complete one part of the course and return your work for marking, the next stage of the course automatically follows. It’s as easy as that. It’s fun, it’s easy to follow... and it can be fitted around your existing work and family commitments!

Posted on March 11, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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