Our former students tells us why they chose to become an electrician and what their career looks like at the moment.

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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.

 

 

Glenn Townsend was an Electrical Engineer for over 20 years. As an Electrical Engineer he had to spend many evenings and weekends away from his family. He decided to become an electrician in order to be with his family more.  Read here about Gill becoming an electrician with us.

Q: Why did you decide to become an electrician?

A: I was an Electrical Engineer for approximately 25 years. When I first started Engineering I enjoyed it but for the last 10 years I started to resent shift work. I decided to retrain as an Installation Electrician so I could work during the day and have weekends and evenings with my family.  It also made sense to continue within the electrical trade due to my experience as an Electrical Engineer. 

Q: Why did you choose Electrical Courses as your training provider?

A: I researched some courses online before I decided to train with Electrical courses. I found a lot of courses seem to suggest that you could become an electrician with a few weeks courses which isn't the case. I sent a message to Neil and he was very informative of what I needed and answered any questions I had which put my mind at ease.

Q: How did you find the day-to-day studies at Electrical Courses?

A: Having not trained for about 20 years U was expecting the worse but the course content and how it was presented was just right for me.

Q: Did you find it easy to juggle studying as an adult student during the weekdays?

A: I found level 2 great because there were practical elements to the course. I found level 3 a bit more of a challenge due to the majority of the course being theory and assignment based. As I have a family with two small children completing the assignments was a challenge to me but I managed to do them whilst the children were at their clubs.

Q: Have you been able to find a job as an electrician after the course?

A: Straight after the course I found a company advertising jobs  for electricians. I applied, did an interview and a week later I started the job. I was with this company for 2 years until Neil from Electrical Courses told me about a new job. 

Q: What kind of electrical installation jobs have you been involved in?

A: With the first company I joined they mainly dealt with new buildings. My current company mainly deals with refurbishments of universities, colleges and schools. 

Q: Are the jobs you are involved in as you expected them to be?

A: Yes they are. What surprised me was how much planning goes into the jobs.   

Q: What new skills have you picked up since working in the electrical industry?

A: Working with electrical drawings of rooms and buildings. Learning new skills as a containment.  

Q: What would you say to anybody who is thinking about training to become an electrician? 

A: I would highly recommend it. With so much construction being built there is a lot of varied work and electrician are always needed. 

Q: What are your future plans as an electrician?

A: Having just recently qualified I am still in the process of learning about the trade. I am always looking to learn different aspects of the job and my long term plan is to keep doing this.