Friday, March 25, 2011

Paul Horrigan talks to T4TS Radio about plumbing in Portsmouth and his practical training

Paul Horrigan is training to be a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. T4TS Radio presenter Tom Jinks spoke to Paul about how his course was going.

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So Paul, let’s start by finding out a bit about you then – what were you doing before Train4TradeSkills?

Basically just doing factory work, in and around the Portsmouth and London area, been doing it for a number of years. It’s pretty boring.

So your on the plumbing course now. Have you always wanted to be a plumber?

Yeah, I have, certain parts of me have, at least for about six years or so I’ve felt I need to get out and learn myself a trade and plumbing was the one that quite appealed to me.

Have you been getting any plumbing experience outside of your course then?

Not as much, a few friends I’ve been round and we’ve done bits in their houses, but basically just through Train4TradeSkills and ATL.

So how are you finding the studying at home part of the course then?

Now I’ve done a bit more of the practical it’s making a lot more sense. When first looking at the books it can be quite a lot to take in.

So you are on your practical training in Southampton at the moment. How is that going?

Yeah, really well. It’s really good.

What sort of stuff have you been doing down in Southampton?

We’ve been doing pipe bending, soldering, we’ve been doing some steel bending, which they call “man’s plumbing”, which is good and it’s a lot more hard work. There’s quite a lot to take in but it’s quite enjoyable.

So what tips would you give to someone who wants to do what you’re doing and retrain as a plumber?

I would say have a good think about it and make sure you can actually follow it through, because it’s quite a long course and it can get a bit flagging at some points. I would highly recommend doing it because it’s the actual excitement that it gives you and not being stuck in some dead end job is quite a nice feeling. So I would recommend it to people.

What are your plans then when you have finished your course? If I had to say where do you want to be in a year’s time, what would your answer be?

I would ideally like to run my own business. I know that’s quite a long way off. So once I’ve finished the course I’m hopefully going to find employment and the same way as starting off a small business, adverts in the paper and go along like that. That’s the plan.

So Paul, if you had to sum up your course so far with Train4TradeSkills, what would you say?

I’d say very good. Very pleased.

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