Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Russell Lodge talks to Train4TradeSkills Radio about training as a plumber


So Russell, what were you doing before Train4TradeSkills?

Before Train4TradeSkills I was working as a sports coach working locally in primary schools. I’ve been doing it for a year or so now.

So you’re on the plumbing course. Have you always had an interest in plumbing?

Yes I have. I’ve got an uncle who is a plumber so I’ve always been interested in doing something practical and hands-on. Plumbing seemed like the way forward.

Have you been doing any plumbing work with your uncle or getting any experience outside of your course?

Yeah, not with him though, as I’ve got another friend who is a qualified plumber who runs his own small business, so I’ve had a few days out with him.

What sort of jobs were you doing with your friend?

It was mainly maintenance work and fitting showers and tagging along for the day and getting experience.

How did you find out about Train4TradeSkills?

I was interested in becoming a plumber and I went on the Internet and found the Train4TradeSkills website. Someone came out to see me and it went from there really.

How are you finding the practical training?

I’m really enjoying the practical training, I think it’s going well. I think I’m doing OK – it’s going well.

What jobs are you doing this week then?

We are fitting a bathroom suite at the moment.

What are your plans when you have finished the course?

I would like to get qualified to the highest possible standard – I think it’s the Level 3 isn’t it – and potentially go and work for a company in my area and after I’ve got a bit more experience, potentially set up my own business.

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

I would strongly recommend getting yourself a trade, as it’s something you can use for the rest of your life. And then go for it really!

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