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Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience?

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2009/07/22 11:16:48 (permalink)

Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience?

Hi,

I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading lately about my future and am currently close to making a decision.

I'd like to retrain as an electrician.  There are a number of organisations who offer courses (access2, new career skills etc).  The courses seem good, the qualifications are valid and it seems a good, structured path into the industry.

However, they are expensive and it's hard to speak to people who have been through these courses.  Has anyone here completed one of these courses or anything similar?  

Any input is appreciated.  Thanks in advance! 
post edited by DGee - 2009/07/22 11:44:20
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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 11:24:01 (permalink)
    Just a suggestion mate, but these kind of thread-titles appear all the time, if you change the title of the thread to include the electrician part, it might attract people who might otherwise dismiss it!


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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 11:45:15 (permalink)
    Cheers, title edited.  Any closer to deciding what your future holds 26?
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    Re:Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience? 2009/07/22 17:10:37 (permalink)
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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 17:10:52 (permalink)
    anyone done trade retraining using the companies on t'internet? 
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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 17:12:12 (permalink)
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    Cheers, title edited.  Any closer to deciding what your future holds 26?

    WIN!

    Not a fcuking clue mate   All I do know, that is I need a trade of some descript, even if its just something to fall back on.

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    Re:Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience? 2009/07/22 17:21:26 (permalink)
    NeckChain

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/Electrical-Installation-course-any-good-m3443767.aspx
     
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    Thanks, i did see and post in this thread.  

    I'm deciding which company to use for my training at the moment, i think my mind is pretty much made up that I will be doing it!  

    Just wondering if anyone had experience of any of the specific companies that offer these training packages?  

    I think I can mostly be influenced by training centre location now, as the prices and offerings seem similar between the companies..
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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 17:23:01 (permalink)
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    Cheers, title edited.  Any closer to deciding what your future holds 26?

    WIN!

    Not a fcuking clue mate   All I do know, that is I need a trade of some descript, even if its just something to fall back on.



    I think a trade is for me too.  The ability to generate income from a tangible skill I possess, without needing to be employed by someone holds massive appeal for me.
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    Re:Career Retraining 2009/07/22 17:29:57 (permalink)
    I've done the courses mate.

    PM me if you like !
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    Re:Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience? 2009/07/22 19:57:14 (permalink)

    Well I have experience of City and Guilds Bench Joinery through the college route and to be honest it is not an experience I would ever want to have happen again. So much time was wasted. The quality of teaching was poor. Even once I obtained the technical certificates I still lacked proper on the job knowledge because of the way the college operated. Teachers were focused on getting you to do the bare minimum so that you scrapped a grade and so it did not reflect badly on them.
     
    Training centres would be better because of the quality of teaching. Not having to sit through the rigmarole of City and Guilds key skills bull****... you may get away bypassing alot of the irrelvant faux pas that you get on a college course. You gotta remember that college is set up for young people, people leaving school e.t.c. You will be inadvetantly tied in with them on a college course. You don't want that.
     
    Maybe Yung could post more about his experiences on here... how is it maths wise? How easy is it to pick up?
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    Re:Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience? 2009/07/22 20:04:16 (permalink)
    all im saying is my college lecturers hated the idea of doing an intensive course and being allowed out on the job.

    go college > apprenticeship route, unless your know the trade and just need to tick the boxes then i wouldnt bother with these courses like the one on the advert...

    with the bloke who starts his plumbing business and now has a fit burd in the van lol

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    Re:Electrician Retraining - Anyone have experience? 2009/07/25 12:05:36 (permalink)
    I done the college route, purely because i could do it in the evenings and it fits around my full time job nicely. Expensive and time consuming ? yes.

    Maths wise it is pretty hard, lots of people struggle with the science and maths, but i got an A in maths at GCSE level so it was ok for me to pick up.

    Do whatever suits you, but your aiming for the 17th edition, so as long as your courses lead you onto that qualification you'll be fine.
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