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10 Years of Options Skills

Options Skills 10 year Anniversary

We can’t quite believe it’s been 10 years since we opened the doors of Options Skills. To say a lot has happened would be an understatement, and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. But, of course, none of this would have been possible without our incredible employees, trainees and partners. To give you a bit of background, Garry and I launched Options Skills in May 2013. Our goal was simple – provide people with the high-quality training

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Free Renewables Training With Options Skills

Existing plumbers and gas and heating engineers can now claim free renewables training through Options Skills. In 2019, the UK Government committed to the Net-Zero target proposed by the Climate Change Committee. The target is to reduce emissions by 100% from 1990 levels by 2050. The UK requires significant updates to make this a reality – including infrastructure changes. Though it may sound ambitious, changes have already begun. Over the last few years, rumours circulated that the

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Options Skills Partner with Trade-Up

Text reading "Partnership with Trade-Up" alongside three images of people relating to the company

We’re proud to be founding members of Trade-Up – a not-for-profit campaign run by HomeServe and Checkatrade to train an extra 10,000 skilled workers annually. The UK faces an ongoing shortage of workers across numerous industries, and the trades industry is no different.  With an ageing workforce and many workers leaving the UK between 2019-2020, the demand for skilled workers is higher than ever. And with just 32,000 new workers entering the industry each year, a significant

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Options Skills Partner With Powered Now

Tradesperson holding a tablet displaying the Powered Now app

At Options Skills, we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to help our students launch their careers in the trades industry, excel in their roles, go self-employed, and set up businesses. To help them do that, we’ve partnered with Powered Now – the UK’s leading app for invoicing, quoting and scheduling. This partnership means that not only do Options Skills trainees get a Powered Now subscription free for twelve months, but Powered Now users also claim

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2021 At Options Skills

Gas trainer demonstrating how to solder copper piping with a text overlay of '2021 at Options Skills'

2021 has been quite the year, and we’re both grateful and proud of what we have achieved over the last twelve months. From radio appearances and workshop refurbishments to new courses and magazine features, here’s what we’ve been up to. Going, Green The industry is changing slowly but surely – and sometimes dramatically and suddenly. From pledges to be carbon-free in a couple of decades to the introduction of the heat pump grant, a lot has happened in a

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Career Change | From Plasterer To Electrician

Electrician working on-site using a drill

After 14 years as a plasterer and business owner, Johnathan wanted a career change and looked to Options Skills to make his dream a reality. People opt for a career change for many different reasons. From seeking out better pay or work-life balance to wanting more job satisfaction. And with so much time spent working, it’s crucial to be happy in what you’re doing. Johnathan was originally a plasterer, working in the industry for more than 14

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Gas Training Room Refurbishment

Gas Training Room Refurbishment

At Options Skills, we’re always looking for ways to improve the training we deliver to students and their overall experience. From updating course plans to creating new resources, we consistently update, upgrade and improve where possible. And our latest project was the refurbishment of one of our gas workshops in Birmingham. Unit 107 is home to a classroom where our ACS Domestic Gas students undertake theoretical learning and a workshop area for practical training. While the workshop already

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EnviroVent Expand Their Business Through Options Skills

“Recruiting trainees is part of our culture and how we operate,” says Poppy Emsley, acting HR manager, EnviroVent Ltd. With 60 specialist engineers installing ventilation systems across the country, EnviroVent is Britain’s largest manufacturer and installer of sustainable and low energy domestic ventilation systems. “The last few years, we’ve struggled to recruit high calibre engineers,” says Poppy. “It’s a difficult recruiting environment made even more so by our niche recruitment criteria, but we have a strong employer

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Who Are Options Skills Trainees? And Where Are They Now?

Plumbing trainee teaching an Options Skills trainee copper piping skills

The trades industry has never been more diverse. While historically, tradespeople were typically working-class men who left school and went straight into work, there are now plenty of people bucking the trend. With stereotypes fading away, the trades industry has opened up to more people than ever before. You could learn a trade regardless of your background, career history, age, and gender. No longer are people staying in one career their entire working life. Instead, people leave the

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Past Trainees Recommend Options Skills

Gas student testing a gas fire

Customer feedback is essential for any company looking to develop and grow. While things may be ticking along nicely, there is always room for improvement, and that’s something we take seriously at Options Skills. Feedback allows us to understand what’s working well and can improve our trainee’s experience. We regularly encourage our trainees to leave us feedback via Google, Feefo and Facebook as this not only helps us but benefits others when they are researching training providers.

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