Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mike Bennett talks to Train4TradeSkills Radio about training as a plumber

So Mike, what were you doing before Train4TradeSkills?

I’m a roofer – I’ve been doing that for about 10-15 years now.

So are you self-employed then or do you work for a company?

I’m hoping to become self-employed once I’ve finished the course.

So you’re training to become a plumber. Have you always been interested in plumbing?

I have, but I never really took it up.

Tell us about roofing then – what jobs do you do at the moment?

Well I’m actually just doing roofing on people’s housing, not big contracts. As the weather’s not too good, it’s time for a change.

How are you finding the practical training?

It’s very enjoyable, yeah.

What weeks are you on of the training and what jobs are you doing this week?

Weeks 1 and 2. Doing soldering, welding, study work – learning quite a bit really.

How did you find out about Train4TradeSkills then? How did you come across the course?

I was actually talking to a gentleman about it, he was telling me about it. I then had an interview and it went from there.

Let’s move onto the theory side of the course. How are you finding it?

It’s very good, very helpful – you learn a lot.

How are you finding balancing the course around your full-time job?

Well it’s good because you can do the modules at the same time and you can make time. They advise you on the course to do a couple of hours a night and around 20 hours a week if you can do it – which is what I do.

What are your plans when you have finished your course?

To start my own business and then build from there really.

Have you got any advice for people who want to take up plumbing or a trade and what qualities they need to have?

You’ve got to be disciplined in and you’ve got to have a belief in what you’re doing and crack on with it really. I can definitely recommend Train4TradeSkills.

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