Whether you’re just entering the working world or want a complete career change, it’s worth considering a career in the trades industry.
Times are changing; the job market is ever-evolving, and stereotypes about the industry are disappearing. It was once expected that only men would undertake physical work and train as electricians or plumbers, but that’s no longer the case. More and more women are learning trades and launching successful careers.
In the past, the ultimate goal was to have a white-collar job, but people are now seeing that blue-collar jobs are just as good in terms of job satisfaction and earning potential, if not better.
There are many reasons you should think about a career in the trades, below are just some of them.
Training Is Affordable
Higher education can come with a sizeable price tag attached to it, and when you look at the likes of going to university, that’s definitely the case. In contrast to high university fees, the cost of a trade training course is affordable and can be paid in a much shorter time. If paid off before you’re fully qualified, you can enter your chosen trade without debt following you.
Earn While You Learn
If and how much you can earn will vary depending on the route you take, but plenty of pathways to the trades industry allow you to earn while you’re learning. For example, you can begin earning as an electrical trainee just eight weeks after starting our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course. According to Indeed, an apprentice electrician in England can expect to earn £15,507 a year.
Gain Experience Straight Away
Sitting in a classroom or lecture hall for a further three years after finishing school doesn’t appeal to everyone. There are plenty of people out there who want to get out and gain experience straight away. That is what trades training allows you to do. You learn through practical experience taught by experienced, skilled professionals in the trades.
Earn A Sizable Salary
Those in trades such as gas engineering and the electrical trade can expect to earn well above the national average. Starting on a generous wage, as your experience and skills grow and develop, so can your earnings. How much you make does depend on your knowledge, skills and location, but on average, electricians and gas engineers are earning over £30,000 a year,
Everyday Is Different
When every day consists of the same thing, it can get boring. Working in the trades industry means every day is different, whether that’s because you’re working on a completely different job, undertaking new tasks or meeting new people.
There’s A Demand
As people from the trades retire, the demand for replacements continues. This increase, along with the growing population and booming housing market, means tradespeople are needed now more than ever before.
The level of support within the trades industry is unmeasurable. Whatever you need, whether it be advice about a job, a tool recommendation or someone to help you with a task, there will always be another tradesperson willing to help.
Become Your Own Boss
When you enter the trades industry, not only do you learn a skill for life, but you also gain the opportunity to become your own boss. Many tradespeople choose to work for themselves, allowing them to set their working hours and pay rate. It means more work marketing yourself and getting your name out there, but the benefits make it worthwhile.
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What’s great about working in the trades is that you can see the effects of your labour straight away. You can feel warmth filling a house after you’ve fixed the boiler. You’re able to stand back and appreciate the look of the room you’ve just painted. You get to see a room light up with the fixtures you’ve newly installed.
Keeps You Active
Though people might not think of tradespeople as fit and healthy, they’re always on the go. Being constantly on your feet, carrying heavy equipment and going from job to job could arguably be more productive than a gym session.
If you interested in a career in the trades, look no further. With Options Skills, you can train to become a domestic electrician, an installation electrician, or gas engineer. For more information, visit our course pages or call to talk to one of our course advisors on 0800 802 1306.