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At Options Skills, we place a significant focus on getting our students on the tools, enabling them to start learning the essential skills of their chosen trade asap.

Launching our in-house recruitment team in summer 2020, we’ve since assisted nearly 500 students in finding placements and employment.

We work with sole traders and businesses across the UK to enable our students to continue working towards their qualifications and gain on-site experience. 

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electrical trainees

To complete NVQ Level 3 Electrical training, students must gain their ECS Trainee Card and go onto work on-site as electrical trainees. During this time, they will complete a portfolio of work and be assessed before earning their NVQ.

Students can find their own placement opportunities with qualified electricians to complete this stage of training.

However, our in-house recruitment team, launched in 2020, have built up an sizeable network of businesses and sole-traders across the UK who regularly take on our trainees. Through on-going support, we ensure our trainees are on-track and ready for NVQ assessments.

domestic gas trainees

As part of the Domestic Gas Training Course, students must work on-site alongside a qualified gas engineer and complete gas work in a domestic setting. Evidence of this work is required and will make up their portfolio.

Many students source their own mentors; however, we can assist those who don’t.

After nearly a decade of training, we have built up an impressive network of gas engineers throughout the UK. These trusted engineers regularly assist Options Skills gas trainees in completing their portfolios, allowing them to move forward in their training and ultimately become gas safe engineers. 

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job club

Job Club takes place during the NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training Course.

At the end of centre-led training, trainees are ready to go out and gain paid, on-site experience to build their portfolio. But, to do so, they first need to find employment, which is where Job Club can help.

Job Club provides our trainees with the tools and knowledge to efficiently and effectively search for and find work.

We set up Job Club as a resource for our students, giving them the chance to learn essential and invaluable employment skills, including how to find vacancies, CV creation and interview techniques.

Your CV is quite often, the first thing a potential employer will see from you, so it’s important to get it right. During job club, students will be taught how to create a suitable CV, what they should include and what should be avoided.

They’ll be example CV’s available for students to view and a template will be provided for them to create their own.

Along with this, students will receive a letter of endorsement from the electrical training manager, outlining the skills the student has gained throughout the course.

This can be used as a supporting document, acting as proof of the student’s experience and skills.

To find your dream job, you have to look for it – and there are several ways to do that.

As well as the typical avenues used in the job search, during job club, we introduce students to the hidden job market, show them how to use social media platforms for job search and employment purposes, and seek out and approach companies about potential job roles.

With 80% of job roles not being advertised, there are many opportunities out there that people aren’t always aware of, but we want to ensure our trainees have all available options.

Talking on the phone is part and parcel of getting a job, whether a phone interview or just a quick chat to introduce yourself to a potential employer.

Because of that, it is important that we prepare our students for any call, and at job club, that’s exactly what we will help our students practice for.

With examples of good and bad telephone calls, practising calls themselves, including how to open a phone call and what information to be prepared with, we want our students to have the best chance possible at gaining their dream job.

At Job Club, we try to cover everything we can that could help our students gain experience and employment, and we are more than happy to help our students in any way that we can.

We actively encourage our students to ask questions, make suggestions, etc.

For example, in the past, we have had students ask us to assist them in mock face-to-face interviews and even advise them on the best thing to wear for different kinds of interviews.

We always strive to give our students the best advice, and we have received plenty of positive feedback.

Mentor and trainees in workshop bending copper piping
"A great company that is helping out to fill the gap in the electrical industry. We have now taken 3 students so far and all have been really keen workers with a passion to do well in the industry."
RFL Electrical Services Ltd.
John Robinson
RFL Electrical Services Limited

become a mentor/employer

We are looking for practising electricians willing to supervise trainee students and help them gain work experience.

Our electrical courses tend to attract more mature adults who have funded their training. Serious about their new career, they will have completed step one of training. In addition, they will have gained 18th Edition and EV Charging Point qualifications.

Step two involves working as a paid trainee under the supervision of a qualified electrician. In return, becoming a mentor means you’ll gain help on-site from a dedicated student focused on achieving their NVQ Level 3.

We currently recruit practising gas engineers who hold current Gas Safe Registration to be work-based mentors across the UK.

In your role as a mentor, you will supervise and assist gas trainees, helping them build their on-site portfolios and gain valuable work experience. Trainees are typically more mature adults (not school leavers). Funding their training, they are serious about the trade. They have already completed step one of their domestic gas training and are ready to start the next phase.

Students undertake their gas work experience voluntarily. You will not have to pay students to share your knowledge and expertise. Instead, gas mentors will receive £500 for taking on one of our students. 

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