Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ken talks to T4TS Radio about his plumbing training

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

Before and currently I’m working for Ikea in kitchen sales.

So your on the plumbing course – have you always been interested in plumbing then?

Not necessarily in plumbing but certainly the trades themselves. The idea that you can work for yourself and go self-employed.

Have you got any previous experience then in the trades?

None whatsoever. All my experience is retail based and I’m just looking for a different career path.

How are you finding the theory part of the course?

It’s quite heavy going at points but it’s obviously quite interesting. I think once you get into the practical it starts to make a little bit more sense.

So you are on your practical training now and your fourth week. How have you found it?

Really interesting and quite exciting actually. It’s nice to be able to meet other students with similar ability to yourself and it’s good fun bringing all the theory into practice and seeing how it all links together.

Can you tell us what you’ve been doing in those four weeks and how you’ve found it?

First week was looking at basic copper work and copper and pipe bending, then bathroom installation. It was really good working with other people, sometimes in pairs, and really observing the knowledge and experience from the tutors as well. After that it was really looking at low-carbon steel and cutting that. This week has really been focused on central heating systems and airing cupboard assessments as well as practical work.

What are your plans then when you have finished your course?

For myself it’s ideally getting a job for a big company from a security point of view, get maybe 3 or 4 years of experience there. The eventual idea is to go it alone, become self-employed and take it from there.

Listen to Ken's Interview:

What would you say your favourite part of the course has been so far?

It’s really the assessments and the practical hands-on, obviously it’s in a controlled environment. You can do bits at home and fix taps and things, but when you start doing full bathroom installations it’s a bit different, so doing it in a controlled environment is the key for me.

So Ken, what tips or advice would you give to someone who wants to do what your doing and retrain as a plumber?

I guess to do some background research into first and find out what your really getting into and really see if it’s something you will be interested in. And really put the time in regards to the theory and study and when your on the practical weeks, really submerse yourself into it and be really hands-on and be a real competitor to get the most out of it.

So Ken, if you had to sum up your course so far and your whole experience with Train4TradeSkills, what would you say?

I think it’s been really insightful. It’s been good fun, quite challenging – a lot more challenging than I first thought, but that may have been a bit naive on my point of view, but I’ve certainly taken a lot from it. I look forward to completing it and starting my new career.

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