Electrical trainee Jonathan was looking for a career he could settle into after travelling the world.
People enquire about our courses from all over the world. Some look to train with us and work elsewhere. Others are returning home and want a career path ready for them when they do.
Ringing us from Sweden in April 2020, Jonathan was looking for a stable and secure career than would suit him when he returned to Birmingham.
When anyone enquiries about a course, we want to help in any way we can. Over the phone, our advisors aim to find out more about a person, allowing them to make informed recommendations. They also offer a course information pack via email which includes our course breakdown, the complete syllabus and further steps students can take.
Jonathan was already considering a career in the electrical industry. And after speaking with us, he was set on his decision.
Putting down a deposit to secure his place, Jonathan booked in place on our NVQ Level 3 Training Course in Birmingham starting in July.
Electrical Training With Options Skills
Jonathan started his electrical training with us in July 2020 on a full-time basis.
As per new Covid regulations, social distancing, masks, and regular hand-washing was a must. Otherwise, training went ahead as usual.
During the first stage of the course, trainees undertake training in both a classroom and workshop setting. Our training course combines theoretical learning with practical skills to ensure students gain a well-rounded understanding of the electrical trade.
By the end of step one, trainees earn their DEI, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and the ECS Trainee Card.
As per the course, all students must work on-site as paid trainees. During this time, they'll build a portfolio of work while they expand their skills and knowledge.
To find this employment, Options Skills help in two ways.
First of all, we offer a free employability workshop during stage one. The workshop covers CV writing, exploring the hidden job market and interview techniques.
We also have a career development team who are dedicated to finding jobs for trainees. We have established relationships with businesses across the UK and are constantly working to build more.
Through our career development team, Jonathan joined Westinghouse EV and Electrical Testing.
Following this, he found a job as an electricians mate with John Dawson Electrical in February 2021.
What Did Jonathan Think?
"The training at options skills was just what I needed.
I enrolled on the 8 week NVQ 3 electricians intensive course and completed it a few weeks ago with my 18th Edition, DEI and ECS card under my belt.
Dylan from the recruitment department has worked hard to secure interviews for me and has arranged a placement for me to gain some experience. Which I am very thankful for!"
Moving onto his second placement as an electrical trainee, Jonathan will continue to build his portfolio.
On-site, an NVQ assessor, will assess him to ensure he's progressing and completing his portfolio correctly. At the end of stage two, he'll have gained his NVQ Level 3.
Moving onto stage three of training, Jonathan will go to an independent centre to complete his AM2 assessment. Upon passing that, he'll be able to apply for his ECS Gold Card and earn installation electrician status.
From this point, Jonathan can choose to work on an employed, self-employed or sub-contract basis.