Electrical trainee, Haider, made the jump from scaffolder to sparky with the help of Options Skills.
Previously working as a scaffolder, Haider wanted to expand his skillset, providing him with more employment opportunities and earning potential.
First enquiring in February 2020, he wasn't set on one particular trade and wanted to explore his options.
At Options Skills, we often receive phone calls from people wanting to learn a trade but unsure which one is right for them. Our course advisors are always happy to talk through the different options available and advise on which trade they believe a person is best suited.
We also regularly have tradespeople looking to learn a new trade. The reasons for which can vary. From wanting to do more work for themselves rather than hiring someone else to simply wanting a new challenge.
Our course advisors discussed each of our courses in detail with Haider to ensure he was well-equipped to make his decision.
Electrical Training With Options Skills
Haider began training with us at the end of July 2020. Completing the first three weeks of the NVQ Level 3 electrical course, he undertook training in our classrooms and workshops.
Our courses combine theory and practical training to ensure students get a well-rounded experience. Both aspects are training are essential in students gaining an understanding of the electrical trade.
Joining us again in October, Haider completed the final weeks of his training. By the end of stage one, trainees have earned their DEI, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and an ECS Trainee Card.
With the trainee card, trainees can go out to find paid employment on-site. And we help them do so.
To begin with, we invite students to our employability workshop. The workshop provides them with the skills and tools they need to create CV's, explore the job market effectively, as well as providing interview tips and techniques.
Launched in Summer 2020, we also boast a career development team. The team specialise in finding employment and placement opportunities for our students in local businesses suited to them.
Haider completed our workshop and worked with our career development team upon completing stage one. Just a few months later, we found him a job with Plan B Electrical.
What Did Haider Think?
Great place to study, nice helpful, friendly staff, and can get some great qualifications for relatively good prices.
The Manchester branch is in a good location, being just outside of the ever-growing city centre.
Walking distance from the Saint Peter's Square tram stop, oxford road train station, and minutes away from oxford road, one of Europe's busiest bus corridors.
While working on-site, Haider will be assessed by an NVQ assessor to ensure he's on the right track and completing his portfolio. At the end of stage two, he will have gained his NVQ Level 3 and invaluable experience.
The next step is to complete an AM2 assessment. It's once passing this that Haider will be eligible to apply for this ECS Gold Card. With the Gold Card, Haider will earn installation electrician status.