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Common Misconceptions About Tradespeople

Three plumbing trainees at a workshop bench working with copper piping

As a whole, tradespeople are hardworking and honest, from plasterers and painters to gas engineers and electricians. They all have a skill and simply want to do their jobs without hassle. Regrettably, there are several common misconceptions about tradespeople that taint the industry and leave people untrusting of those working in the industry. So, what are […]

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Mental Health In The Trades

Three trade trainees in the electrical workshop bays working on sockets and plugs

Mental health is just as important as physical health, so it’s essential to look after both. Our mental health is made up of our moods, emotions and thoughts. As people, we will all experience various things, from feeling stress, sadness and negativity to calmness, happiness and positivity. Mood fluctuations are part of everyday life. Mental […]

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Considering Self-Employment?

Electrical student working on a consumer unit

Launching your own business is an exciting prospect, but self-employment isn’t for everyone. So, you must weigh up all your options and plan ahead before making any decisions. According to the Office of National Statistics, by December 2018, 4.84 million people were working on a self-employed basis. That’s 14.8% of all workers in the UK. […]

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NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme Discount

Two trainee electricians in the workshop bays. Options Skills and NICEIC logo overlay.

At Options Skills, we pride ourselves on the excellent training courses we deliver in our fully-equipped training centres across the country and the exceptional support we provide to all our students. Passionate about the trades and aware of the career prospects it offers, we aim to help our students any way we can. With a whole […]

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How To Achieve A Better Work-Life Balance

One hand holding a coffee cup while another turns a sheet of paper

Working is an integral part of many of our lives. It enables us to put food on the table, clothes on our backs and heats our homes. However, in the fast-paced world that we live in today, sometimes we can let work take over. Finding it difficult to separate our work and personal lives, we […]

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Why Use Social Media For Business?

Close up of hands holding a tablet browsing social media

As a business owner, you’ve probably already considered using social media for promotional purposes. With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn used by people and businesses alike, there are several ways in which you can promote your business. There are currently over three billion people actively using social media across the globe. This means a lot […]

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Staying Healthy In The Trades Industry

Gas students working on copper piping

A healthy lifestyle isn’t always the easiest to lead. With lives filled with work and family commitments, we all too often find ourselves stretched for time, and that’s when we seem to forget about looking after ourselves. The trades are a great industry to work in, but it sometimes makes it too easy to opt […]

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Shocking Requests Tradespeople Get From Homeowners

Gas student working on pipe bending skills

As a tradesperson, you’ll have a lot to deal with. Not only do you want to get your job done, but you also have to travel far and wide. You’re continually restocking your toolkit and dealing with requests at all times of the day – and night. While it can sometimes become tiring, it’s all part […]

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