Electrical trainee Ashley trained with Options Skills and utilised our career development team to find employment.
Previously working as a security guard, Ashley decided enough was enough. Wanting a new career, he bit the bullet and looked into trades training courses.
Ashley first contacted us in May 2020 via our website, having already decided on a career in electrics. Shortly after enquiring on our website, one of our course advisors got in touch.
This initial conversation allows our advisors to find out more about a person, helping them to figure out the best route for them to take. It also provides the perfect chance for any questions to be answered.
After a chat with our advisors, Ashley was confident in his decision and ready to make his dream happen. So he put down a small deposit to secure his place on our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course beginning June 2020 at our Wembley Centre.
Having only recently come out of lockdown, things at the training centre were a little different to usual. Social distancing was a must throughout the centres, along with regular hand washing and wearing masks. We communicated the new regulations and rules with all our students, both returning and those joining us for the first time, to ensure both students and staff were as safe as possible.
Electrical Training With Options Skills
In June, Ashley joined us at the training centre for the first stage.
During stage one, students undertake a combination of theory and practical-based training. Spending time in the classrooms, workshops, and IT suites, the first couple of months of training are crucial for gaining that initial understanding of electrics. Students will have achieved their DEI, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and ECS Trainee card upon completing stage one.
This trainee card is crucial for stage two of training as it allows students to go out to work on-site as paid trainees.
Students are more than welcome to source employment for themselves as trainees. Many students already have connections in the trades to help them find a job.
However, many others don’t have that option, and that’s where we can help again. During stage one, we invite students to participate in our free employability workshop. The workshop aims to provide students with the knowledge to find employment, from CV writing to the hidden job market. But that’s not all.
We also have a dedicated career development team. Our team assist students in finding employment both for portfolio building and after qualifying.
We don’t just help students get qualified; we help them start a new career.
Ashley completed the employability workshop and utilised our team for help. As a result, just a few months after finishing stage one of training, we had found him a placement with local business BMI Electrical Solutions. And, he’s been there ever since.
What Did Ashley Think?
“Informative course, well run and well organised.
Nigel was an excellent teacher & Belinda was fantastic too.
Was surprised how impressive the follow-up and support is once the course was complete.
Big thanks to Josh”.
Ashley will continue working on-site to build up his portfolio, improving his knowledge and skills as time goes on.
While on-site, an NVQ assessor will visit Ashley and assess his progress. Once he’s gained his NVQ, Ashley will complete his AM2 assessment and apply for his ECS Gold Card. With the ECS Gold Card, Ashley will achieve installation electrician status.