If your current job has become frustrating, uninspiring, or just plain dull, then it may be time to consider retraining for a new career.
While there do exist lucrative careers that require no qualifications or prior training, such opportunities are relatively few and far between, so it's generally a better bet to undergo some form of retraining before embarking upon your new career path. Retraining can take many forms: some career changers go back to university, or even to a sixth form college to retake their A-levels. Others enrol on apprenticeships or vocational courses.
Of course, the best retraining route for you depends very heavily on what kind of career you're looking to break into. So the question you should be asking first of all is as follows:
What career should I retrain for?
Typing 'best careers to retrain for' into Google produces all sorts of different answers to this question. One website tells you to become a chef; another recommends logistics, firefighting and air traffic control. There doesn't seem to be any real consensus as to what the best career path is, and while that's perfectly understandable - everybody is different, and one person's dream job is another person's nightmare - we'd like to make the case today for learning a trade and starting a new career as a tradesperson.
There are countless opportunities for qualified tradespeople in the UK right now. The government made house building a key focus of their latest budget, and if their targets are to be met, the country will need a lot more workers who are capable of building new properties and providing them with water and electricity. And that need is set to become even greater over the coming years - according to the Telegraph, the UK's construction industry workforce will decrease by 20-25% in the next decade. New, skilled workers are needed to fill that gap, so if you're weighing up prospective career options, getting into the trade could well be a very good choice indeed.
Training options for budding tradespeople
The goverment's stated goal is to build 300,000 homes a year. Lots of different skills are required to construct a habitable modern home; bricklayers and carpenters will be very in-demand, of course, but so will the following people:
Homes need electricity, and only a qualified electrical engineer can legally perform electrical installations.
Electrical training courses >
A home also needs water, and there many jobs for a plumber to do within a house building project. Sinks, taps, baths, toilets, showers, dishwashers...the list goes on.
Plumbing courses >
Many plumbers choose to also train as gas engineers and join the Gas Safe Register, as this enables them to carry out a wider variety of tasks (e.g. boiler installation).
Gas training courses >
Professional kitchen fitters are required to have a strong grasp of numerous specialist skills, from measuring and marking up to cutting worktops and installing cooker circuits.
Kitchen fitting courses >
To find out more about any of the trade training courses we provide here at Access Training, please contact us today.