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 14continue reading
Welcome to the Testimonials category, a space dedicated to sharing the experiences, stories, and insights of students from various backgrounds. In this category, you will find a collection of firsthand accounts that provide a unique glimpse into the lives of students, their challenges, achievements, and personal journeys.
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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 thecontinue reading
Joe became an electrical trainee to expand his skillset and increase his earning potential. Though many of the students at Options Skills are looking for a complete career change, others train to expand their skillset within their current role. For example, we’ve had plumbers add gas engineering to their CV and scaffolders add electrics. Gaining new qualifications, skills, and experience are great for broadening the variety of projects you can take on, making your days at workcontinue reading
Electrical trainee Greg wanted a career change, so he moved into the trades industry. It’s never too late to change your career, and Options Skills electrical trainee, Greg, is the perfect example of that. After 13 years working in the retail sector, Greg wanted something new and began looking into the trades industry to provide him with a stable yet exciting career. Greg knew the basics of both electrics and plumbing. However, after speaking with one ofcontinue reading
Electrical trainee Jaheim found private training at Options Skills provided him with the opportunities he wanted. From 18 to 68, we’ve had students of all ages train with us at Options Skills. We believe that anyone, regardless of age, should have the opportunity to learn a trade and begin a new career. 19-year-old Jaheim first contacted us in September 2020. Having completed a college course where he learned the basics of plumbing and electrics, Jaheim wanted to furthercontinue reading
Electrical trainee Isaac wanted a complete career change, so he became an electrical trainee with Options Skills. Previously working as a pharmacy assistant, Isaac had become bored in his role and wanted a complete career change. He was looking for a career he could do self-employed, which offered diverse projects. First speaking with us at the beginning of 2020, Isaac was immediately interested in the electrical industry. The industry is booming. With the growing population and housingcontinue reading
After two years in his previous role, Andre decided he was better suited to a trades career. People change their career paths for a whole host of reasons. It can be financial incentives, and it’s just time for something new for others. Whatever the reason for looking for a new career, it’s never too late to learn a trade. Andre worked in a factory for two years before enquiring with Options Skills about our course. Wanting tocontinue reading
Electrical trainee Alistair was looking for a change and opted for a career in the electrical industry. Alistar previously worked 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 provide them with jobcontinue reading
After redundancy from retail, electrical trainee Steven is now working full-time as an electrician. COVID-19 has put a considerable strain on most businesses, and as a result, many employees have found their roles redundant. And it’s now more difficult than ever to find a job. At Options Skills, we often see people who have been made redundant looking for a new career they’ll enjoy, and that’s secure. People want job satisfaction and stability – and rightly so. Unfortunately,continue reading
Electrical trainee, Haider, made the jump from scaffolder to sparky with the help of Options Skills. Previously working as a scaffolder, Haider wanted to expand his skillset, providing him with more employment opportunities and earning potential. First enquiring in February 2020, he wasn’t set on one particular trade and wanted to explore his options. At Options Skills, we often receive phone calls from people wanting to learn a trade but unsure which one is right for them.continue reading