Our former students tells us why they chose to become an electrician and what their career looks like at the moment.
Richard Bonilla decided to leave retail and office work in order to pursue his dream about becoming an electrician. Here he answers questions of his journey into the trade.
Q: Why did you decide to become an electrician?
A: I always wanted to have trade under my belt even when I was in school. Unfortunately, I didn't really have great career advice back then which lead me in to a path of retail and office work. It was only by being made redundant that gave me the push to pursue a career I always wanted.
Q: Why did you choose Electrical Courses as your training provider?
A: I chose Electrical Courses because I had been let down by another training provider which was a scam. This experience left me very uncertain about training providers however I found Electrical Courses online through google and decided to call Neil. Neil came across very professional and friendly. He invited me down to visit the training centre so I could look around and speak to the existing class he had. When I came down for a visit I didn't know what to expect but when meeting Neil I noticed how friendly he was, the training centre looked very clean and tools and equipment looked to high standard. When I left I knew straight away that I found the right training centre to start my career in becoming an electrician.
Q: How did you find the day-to-day studies at Electrical Courses?
A: I found each day very informative and productive. It was great to have a teacher to teach at a high standard and make sure that you were not being left behind and that you understood the subject. I could see Neil didn't only teach because it was his job, but he did it for the passion of teaching and passing on his knowledge.
Q: Did you find it easy to juggle studying as an adult student during the weekdays?
A: The course was well designed for an adult student and I was fortunate to have the time off for all the courses I enrolled in. Between the courses I managed to gather work experience.
Q: Have you been able to find a job as an electrician after the course?
A: I found work the next week from when the course ended which was with the company I did work experience between my level 2 and 3.
Q: What kind of electrical installation jobs have you been involved in?
A: I have been involved in minor works to new installations. In all environments: Domestic house bashing, commercial/industrial refurbs and new installs.
Q: Are the jobs you are involved in as you expected them to be?
A: Yes, every job that I have been involved in is exactly what I expected and I’m always learning something new which was one of the main reasons why I decided to become an Electrician.
Q: What new skills have you picked up since working in the electrical industry?
A: I have become very hands on with tools and working with all types of containments. I now understand better how other trades work and how new buildings come together.
Q: What would you say to anybody who is thinking about training to become an electrician?
A: I would tell them about my story where I came from, what I used to do and why I became electrician. I would also tell them where I trained and if they were looking to become an electrician then get in contact with Electrical Courses as I highly recommend it. I even mention it to qualified Electricians who are looking to complete their Inspection and testing as I truly believe they will not be disappointed when choosing Electrical Courses.
Q: What are your future plans as an electrician?
A: My future plans are to continue working as Qualified Electrician gaining as much knowledge as possible and continue to work to a high standard.