Solar RGB Director Takes On Options Skills Electrical Trainee.
Working as a computer science teacher, Narinder was looking for a career change and entered the trades industry some years ago, intending to move into renewable energy.
Attracted to the industry by the variety and number of opportunities available, Narinder had a smooth transition into the industry, initially investing a small amount of money in getting him started. However, the most important thing to him was being able to invest enough time. Narinder wanted to ensure he was learning as much as he could about the industry.
Though good money can be made as either an electrician, gas engineer or both, that was never the main aim for Narinder. Instead, he wanted to do a good job and leave customers happy and safe.
Working hard to complete his training, Narinder aimed to set up his own business. And, in 2007, he launched Solar RGB.
Qualified as both a gas engineer and electrician, Narinder focuses mainly on the electrical side of things. An experienced electrician, he completes installs and maintenance at both a domestic and commercial level.
Going from strength to strength, Narinder made it his mission to help others looking to work in the industry. As a former teacher, he understands the importance of training the next generation. Narinder first took on an apprentice eight years ago. Since then, he has trained up seven others. All of whom have all gone onto launch their own businesses.
Wanting to help as many people as he can before retirement, Narinder shares his skills and knowledge, before letting apprentices “spread their wings and leave the nest”. Narinder is highly skilled and sees where knowledge is missing in students. This allows him to fill those knowledge gaps, making sure no shortcuts are taken.
A New Apprentice
The most recent apprentice to join Narinder at Solar RGB is Kyle. A student of Options Skills, Kyle first enquired with us in January 2020. Kyle worked as a sales manager but wanted a new challenge. Though originally planning to join us in April, COVID-19 meant our training centres shut. Thankfully, we were able to reopen, and Kyle began his NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training in May.
Throughout the first stage of training, Kyle undertook theoretical and practical training, covering everything from health and safety and basic lighting circuits to earthing and bonding and renewable energy systems.
Completing his eight weeks, Kyle also took advantage of our Job Club. At the end of the training, we offer students the opportunity to participate in a session dedicated to job hunting. Creating a CV, practising telephone techniques and more, students are more prepared to find work as a trainee and once qualified.
At Options Skills, we also have a candidate resourcing and career development team. Our team build relationships with people in the industry, finding opportunities for our students. On July 2nd, Kyle sent his CV over to the team. Josh, our career development manager, found Kyle a placement and three weeks later, he began work with Solar RGB.
After two months of training at Solar RGB, Narinder is happy with Kyle’s progress. Expressing that his theoretical knowledge was great, to begin with, it has since grown, along with his practical skills. Keen and knowledgable, Narinder has described Kyle as the ideal candidate to train up.
Following Narinder’s lead, Kyle has already expressed his desire to go self-employed upon gaining his qualifications. Once Kyle has completed his training with Narinder and filled his portfolio, he will sit his AM2 Assessment.
Upon passing that assessment, Kyle can apply for his ECS Gold Card. The gold card is awarded to electricians “who work unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage electrical and electronic devices and appliances in a consumer’s electrical installation.” (Source: ECS)