Electrical trainee Alistair was looking for a change and opted for a career in the electrical industry.
Alistair was previously working in a bank but felt it was a time for a career change.
Careers changers are something we see a lot of at Options Skills. No one kind of person trains with us. We've had taxi drivers and teachers, pilots and plasterers. All of them looking for a new career that they'll enjoy, which provides them with job security and offers them a new kind of challenge. Though people often think it, you're never too old to learn a trade.
Alistair first contacted us in February 2020, but due to the COVID lockdown, he could not begin training with us immediately.
Electrical Training With Options Skills
Joining us in October, the first few weeks of the NVQ training focus on the industry's domestic side.
This is a great starting point for anyone interested in electrics, and we often have property developers, landlords, and DIY enthusiasts complete their DEI with us.
After four weeks of training, Alistair had passed his 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and gained his domestic electrical installer award.
Continuing training in our classrooms and workshops, the focus of training shifts to the commercial side of things. Combining theory with practical training, students such as Alistair learn the essential skills needed to go out to work on-site.
To complete stage two of the NVQ training, students must work on-site and build a work portfolio.
To assist students, we offer an employability workshop during their first stage of training. The workshop provides CV writing help, an introduction to the hidden job market and interview techniques and tips. Armed with this knowledge, students can search for employment.
But that's not all we offer. Since summer 2020, we've been working closely with businesses in the industry to find suitable placements for our students.
Alistair took advantage of our career development team, and shortly after completing stage one, we helped him find a role with Braywhite & Co Ltd.
What Did Alistair Think?
"I Just finished my first 4 weeks DEI.
Steve was really helpful and supportive throughout the 4 weeks. It’s been a great overview of domestics.
Would recommend it to everyone interested in getting into electrics!
Update 22/01/2020 - Finished the second 4 weeks of the course (NVQ L3 in Electrical Installation) back in mid-December.
It was a good introduction to commercial installation and was great to have the support of John and Thomas in order to pass the first knowledge modules.
Josh in the recruitment team has been really good and helped me to find a role at a Birmingham based electrical firm. I'm now looking forward to completing my portfolio for my NVQ!"
Working with Braywhite & Co Ltd, Alistair will continue working to build up his portfolio, skills and confidence.
While on-site, an NVQ assessor will assess how he's getting on and ensure he's gaining the evidence he needs to complete his NVQ Level 3.
Alistair will then move onto stage three of training. This will consist of completing his AM2 assessment at an independent centre. It's upon passing this that he will be able to apply for his ECS Gold Card. And with this, he will earn installation electrician status.