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Electricians You Should Be Following

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Whether you’re already working in the electrical industry or looking to join, being part of the online community has numerous benefits. With electricians sharing their experiences, expertise and reviews, there’s a lot to learn that’ll help you to improve your skills and knowledge. Social media is a powerful tool and one that you should utilise […]

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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, […]

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Government 5k Heat Pump Grant

We’ve been covering the UK’s journey towards a greener future, and just this week, the government have made another announcement. They have revealed that the treasury will be providing £450 million to the public to encourage households to install heat pumps. Available via a grant of up £5,000, the hope is that we will phase […]

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Renewable Energy: Fact Or Fiction

Gas engineer trainee working on a boiler - Going Green

Everyone is talking about going green and renewable energy – from supermarkets and clothing brands to energy companies and the government. There’s no getting away from the fact that we need to act now to decarbonise the UK, but how we’re going to do that is where things get a bit confusing. Rumours have spread, […]

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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. Regardless of your background, career history, age and […]

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What Are The Trades?

Two gas trainees installing copper piping

The trades are a vast industry of various roles, skills and specialities. Generally, “tradesperson” or “skilled worker” describes those who completed vocational education, including on-site training/work experience. The trades are divided into three categories. First is the skilled industry trades, including welders, mechanics and programmers. The construction trades include electricians, bricklayers and gas engineers. The […]

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From The Entertainment Industry To Electrics | Electrical Trainee

Electrical trainee measuring grey wiring with a measuring tape

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 […]

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From Retail To Optech Electrical | Electrical Trainee

Electrical trainee leaning on step ladders to write down notes

Electrical trainee Greg wanted a career change, so he moved into the trades industry. It’s never too later 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 […]

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Industry Response To Decarbonisation

White cast iron radiator

How has the industry responded to the decarbonisation plans for the UK? The 2020 budget report stated plans for the carbon from UK homes to be “virtually zero” in just thirty years. So what does this mean for the current gas industry? With most of the UK’s homes using gas for heating, could 23 million […]

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From College To Employment | Electrical Trainee

Electrical trainee working on sockets at a workshop bench

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 […]

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