Options Skills are proud to announce our partnership with Checkatrade.
Established in 1998, Checkatrade has become the UK’s leading trade directory, with millions of people using them each year to find reputable tradespeople.
And now, we’re excited to announce that not only can our students become members free of charge for twelve months, but existing Checkatrade members can claim 20% off any of our training courses.
Options Skills Students & Checkatrade
As one of the UK’s leading trades training providers, we want to ensure our students have not only a high standard of training but plenty of opportunities to launch their careers.
So, as well as our in-house recruitment team, we can now offer our trainees twelve months of free Checkatrade membership worth £360.
Available to those who enrol on our Domestic Gas training, membership allows them to establish themselves as tradespeople – opening the door to opportunities after their first stage of training.
Our trainees can activate their membership at the start of their course. However, they have up to 12 months after completing the first stage of training to do so.
With the membership, Options Skills trainees can create a profile to showcase their business, expertise, and examples of work. Building up a portfolio of work is incredibly important in the trades industry as it acts as a CV that will instil confidence and trust in customers.
Options Skills students will have access to a range of benefits through Checkatrade, including discounts on trade essentials and a one-month free Lite membership within the twelve-month membership.
You can create a personal profile to showcase business information, photos of work, accreditations and reviews. In addition, Google will index your profile, so anyone searching for your business will be able to find it.
As a member of Checkatrade, you’ll have access to a host of discounts with a variety of companies. For example, with 30% off at Caterpillar, an extra 10% off at Selco and Tradepoint and the Tradehelp app for free, you could save hundreds of pounds.
On average, members save £580 per year through Checkatrade’s member benefits.
Build Your Reputation
Having a Checkatrade profile will allow you to grow your business and build your reputation. As a result, potential customers will learn more about you and gain confidence in your work by reading reviews of past jobs.
As well as plenty of marketing opportunities online, Checkatrade membership will also offer you marketing materials, including van vinyls. Marketing yourself is an essential part of the trades industry, especially when self-employed.
You can also take advantage of Lite Membership free of charge for one month during your twelve-month membership. As well as the benefits of approved membership, Lite membership allows you to gain leads – helping to fill gaps in your diary.
Lite membership is an excellent option if you want to pick up extra work in the evening or at weekends. Not only will you earn extra money, but you will increase your experience and add to your portfolio.
As a member of Checkatrade, any work gained through them will come with a 12-month guarantee. This guarantee covers up to £1000 paid to customers.
Build Your Portfolio
Becoming a Checkatrade member presents you with discounts, marketing materials, and helps you build your reputation, but it can also help you develop your portfolio of work. The more experience you have, the better. Plus, customers tend to want to see examples of work before hiring tradespeople.
Checkatrade requires background checks for tradespeople to join the directory. These checks are one of the main reasons they’re the first port of call for customers looking for a tradesperson.
Checks include qualification, insurance and identification reviews, code of conduct and ethics agreement, and credit checks where necessary.
Their vetting team are on-hand to help you through this process, ensuring you have all you need. And it’s this vetting process that ensures Checkatrade boasts only reliable, reputable and qualified tradespeople.
8/10 people would choose a tradesperson Checkatrade have checked over one they haven’t.*
*Deep Blue Thinking 2021 Trade Perception Survey
Checkatrade Members & Options Skills
Not only do Options Skills students get twelve months of free membership to Checkatrade, but existing members can also benefit from 20% off all of our training courses.
So whether you’re looking to upskill in your current trade or learn a new one, we want to help tradespeople learn new skills and future proof their careers.
Find us on the Checkatrade Members Benefits page.
Find Out More
Our advisors are on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you start your career in the trade.
*The Checkatrade membership offer is only available to students enrolled onto our Domestic Gas Training or Essential Domestic Plumber Training,