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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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How To Find The Right Training Course

Electrical training course student working at electrical board

A training course is an excellent way of keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date. They can also be a perfect option for embarking on a new career altogether. Reed.co.uk found that 66% of workers completed online training in 2020 to upskill or reskill and improve their job prospects. (Source: Business Leader) Whatever industry you’re looking for […]

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Upskilling In The Trades Industry

Trainee is kneeling in an electrical workshop bay

Have you ever considered upskilling? Upskilling is simple. It means adding to your existing knowledge and skill set. In doing so, you can keep up with the industry and ensure you don’t have skill gaps. Skill gaps may not seem like a big deal if you’re already in a job, but not gaining new skills […]

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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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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 […]

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How To Pursue A Career In The Electrical Trade

Electrical trade student working on wiring in a workshop bay

Are you ready to begin a new career? Or are you considering your options? Perhaps the pandemic has left you out of work, allowing you to consider a new career path? Choosing a new career can be challenging. It isn’t easy to know which career path you’re best suited to with many options available. Are […]

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How To Join The Gas Safe Register

In 2009, 120,000 engineers and 58,000 businesses were on the Gas Safe Register. By 2019/20, that had risen to over 131,000 engineers and 77,000 companies. It’s no surprise that so many people have chosen a career as a gas engineer. Known for being a secure industry with excellent career prospects and earning potential, more and more […]

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Investing In Your Career – The Cost Of Training & Payment Explained

Two plumbing trainees ensures a radiator is level

No matter what you’re paying for or buying, you will want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth – and this is particularly true when investing in your career. With continuing uncertainty and lack of job security, now more than ever, it’s essential to do what you can to future-proof yourself, your career and […]

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How To Make The Most Of A Training Course

Gas trainer teaching a practical class to a group of students

You may be looking into a top-up course to learn a new skill and take your career to the next level. Or, it could be a training course which will enable you to launch a completely new career. Whatever the objective behind it, you should be looking to make the most of the opportunity. So, […]

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Training Courses: Expectation Vs. Reality

Two trainee electricians working on our workshop bays

Sometimes, expectations can cause us to avoid a situation entirely. Whether you think you won’t fit in, it’ll be too difficult to complete, or you don’t have enough previous experience, many reasons may deter you from training. But we’re here to separate the fact from the fiction, the expectation from the reality. Experience Expense Difficulty […]

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