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From Scaffolder To Sparky | Electrical Trainee

Electrical trainee working on a consumer unit

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. Our course advisors are always happy to discuss the different options available and advise on which trade they believe a person is best suited for.

We also regularly have tradespeople looking to learn a new trade. The reasons for this can vary. From wanting to do more work for themselves rather than hiring someone else to simply wanting a new challenge. 

Our course advisors discussed each of our courses in detail with Haider to ensure he was well-equipped to make his decision. 

This led Haider to put down a deposit to secure a spot on our NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course in Manchester.

Electrical Training With Options Skills

Haider began training with us at the end of July 2020. Completing the first three weeks of the NVQ Level 3 Electrical course, he undertook training in our classrooms and workshops.

Our courses combine theory and practical training to ensure students get a well-rounded experience. Both aspects are training are essential in students gaining an understanding of the electrical trade. 

Joining us again in October, Haider completed the final weeks of his training. By the end of stage one, trainees have earned their DEI, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and an ECS Trainee Card.

With the trainee card, trainees can go out to find paid employment on-site. And we help them do so.

To begin with, we invite students to our employability workshop. The workshop provides them with the skills and tools to create CVs, explore the job market effectively, and offer interview tips and techniques.

Launched in Summer 2020, we also boast a career development team. The team specialise in finding employment and placement opportunities for our students in local businesses suited to them. 

Haider completed training and worked with our career development team to find employment. A few months later, we found him a job with Plan B Electrical

What Did Haider Think?

Great place to study, nice helpful, friendly staff, and can get some great qualifications for relatively good prices.

The Manchester branch is in a good location, being just outside of the ever-growing city centre.

Walking distance from the Saint Peter’s Square tram stop, oxford road train station, and minutes away from oxford road, one of Europe’s busiest bus corridors.

What’s next?

While working on-site, Haider will be assessed by an NVQ assessor to ensure he’s on the right track and completing his portfolio. At the end of stage two, he will gain his NVQ Level 3 and invaluable experience.

The next step is to complete an AM2 assessment. Once passing this, Haider will be eligible to apply for this ECS Gold Card. With the Gold Card, Haider will earn installation electrician status. 

Want To Find Out More?

If you’re interested in a career in the trades, you can get in touch with us via our online contact form or call us on 0800 802 1306

All data correct at time of publication.