Train4TradeSkills students give you advice on how to get work placements
Are you training to be a plumber or electrician with Train4TradeSkills and want to get some practical experience outside of your course? T4TS Radio has spoken to a number of students who are working in the industry alongside their training and gaining valuable experience.
These students offer their advice and tips of how they managed to get work placements and jobs, so you can follow in their footsteps.
Here are the students and the excerpts from their T4TS Radio interviews. All of the interviews are available to listen to at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills and you can read and download the stories via Scribd at www.scribd.com/train4tradeskills
I’ve started my own little part-time business working for a couple of landlords and a builder, just working with another plumber onsite doing bathrooms and one-off emergency callouts, that sort of thing, to start with. And it’s just sort of grown from there.
So I know once I’ve finished my course that I’ve got some work to actually start, bathrooms and other bits and pieces, and after that I’m going to be trying to do my gas as well, because landlords certificates I’ve been asked to do recently by the landlords that I’ve done the bathrooms for, so there’s definitely going to be work in the pipeline for me as well, so it’s definitely worth carrying on and progressing further.
Can you tell us a bit about how you got that experience then – did you approach those landlords? How did it work?
Basically what I did to begin with is I started the course and because we rent a place anyway, I went to see the landlord and said to him I was doing a plumbing course and if he had some small jobs come up, give us a look because I’d like to get myself up and running. And within a few days he began piling quite a bit of work on me and he was happy with the results, and he told other people and it’s just sort of gone from there really.
Listen to Michael’s interview from T4TS Radio at http://audioboo.fm/boos/346887-train4tradeskills-student-michael-parish-talks-to-tom-jinks
Yes, I’ve actually got an apprenticeship, so I work alongside a plumbing and heating engineer five days a week, so I get a lot of experience out on-site as well.
Would you be able to tell us a bit about how you got that plumbing apprenticeship?
With my job before I worked in a merchant so I knew a lot of plumbers that were coming in and out of the shop and I went round asking people that I got to know and it took me a while and eventually someone said to me I am looking for an apprentice now and it went from there.
Listen to Aston’s interview from T4TS Radio at http://audioboo.fm/boos/323305-train4tradeskills-student-aston-skinner-from-ashford-shares-his-story
I have, and now I’ve been doing my own bits at home and some bits with a plumber I know. So I’m hoping to work with him at a later stage. My thing is I wanted to learn rather than just be shown how to do stuff. I wanted to learn why things have to be done in a particular way.
Listen to Victor’s Interview from T4TS Radio at http://audioboo.fm/boos/281406-train4tradeskills-student-victor-bryce-shares-his-story
Yeah, I’ve managed to find a job as a trainee electrician and I work for a company that is mainly an electrical contractors, but they do a bit of building and that, as well. So I help them with the building, which is what I know, and they help me with the electrical side.
Listen to Michael’s interview from T4TS Radio at http://audioboo.fm/boos/278634-train4tradeskills-student-michael-phillips-shares-his-story
I’ve recently got a new job, which is fitting solar panels. I told them about my plan and the course that I’m on and they said as soon as I get to the relevant level in my electrician’s course, as soon as a position becomes available, I can move across to that. Which is absolutely superb and exactly what I’m looking for.
Listen to John’s interview from T4TS Radio at http://audioboo.fm/boos/259777-train4tradeskills-student-john-evans-shares-his-story
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