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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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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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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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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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Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021

Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021 Banner

Options Skills are pleased to announce that we have won the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award. Feefo awards businesses with the Feefo Gold Award providing they collect a minimum of 50 reviews each year and have a service rating of at least 4.5/5. If a business wins the gold award three years running or more, they win the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award. An independent seal of excellence, Feefo recognises businesses for their work. Options Skills not only won

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2020 At Options Skills

Trainee gas engineer soldering copper pipe while another trainee watches. Overlay of text saying "2020 at Options Skills"

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but we also saw just how resilient, thoughtful and strong we all are. With the year starting relatively normal in the UK, things soon took a turn, and after just three months, things looked very different. With a lockdown in March that changed our lives, we had to adapt – and do it quickly. Key workers continued to work as usual (where possible), others were furloughed, some

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Inside Our South London Training Centre

Screwdrivers and other electrical tools on a workshop bench

Options Skills Purley opened two years ago and serves those in South London and the surrounding areas. Our South London branch is easy to reach with several transport options available just twelve miles from central London. Situated between Reedham and Purley train station, it is accessible via train or tube. And for those who prefer to drive, there’s parking available on-site, free of charge. Opening back in 2018, the centre has gone from strength to strength. The

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Options Skills Reopen After Covid-19 UK-Wide Shutdown

Gas trainee replaced boiler cover

During this unprecedented time, our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the Covid-19 virus. But, as we are sure everyone will agree, all we want is things to go back to normal. Here at Options Skills, the safety and comfort of our students and staff is our top priority. So, following government advice, we closed each of our four centres at the end of March to help reduce the risk of the spread of

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