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Mental Health Awareness Week in the Trades

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to recognise the importance of mental wellbeing and challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Naturally, your career can significantly impact your mental health.





Gas is essential to modern living, keeping homes warm and powering countless appliances. Ensuring the safe and efficient operation of these systems requires a qualified professional: the gas engineer.

The Diverse Role of a Gas Engineer

Gas engineers are the installers and maintainers of gas systems, responsible for their entire functionality. This includes:

Installation: From fitting brand new boilers to setting up gas cookers, engineers ensure everything is set up safely and efficiently.

Maintenance: Regular servicing keeps gas appliances running smoothly and prevents future problems.

Repair: Whether it's a faulty hob or a failing boiler, gas engineers diagnose and fix a wide range of issues.

Safety Checks: Regular inspections and issuing gas safety certificates (CP12) are crucial to ensure everyone's safety.

The Day-to-Day Life of a Gas Engineer

While the specific tasks can vary, a typical day for a gas engineer might involve:

  • Responding to call-outs for repairs and installations
  • Carrying out scheduled maintenance checks to prevent problems
  • Issuing CP12 certificates, ensuring gas systems comply with safety regulations
  • Communicating effectively with customers to understand issues and explain solutions
  • Maintaining detailed records of all work completed

Essential Skills for Gas Engineers

To be confident and excel in their role, gas engineers need a strong variety of skills:

Technical Expertise: A deep understanding of gas systems, appliances, and safety regulations.

Problem-Solving Skills: Diagnosing faults and finding effective solutions are key aspects of the job.

Practical Skills: Working with pipes, valves, and other components requires a steady hand and good spatial awareness.

Communication Skills: Gas engineers need to be able to clearly explain technical issues and solutions to customers.

Customer Service Skills: Building trust and providing a positive experience for customers is important.

Becoming a Gas Engineer: Qualifications and Training

To become a qualified gas engineer in the UK, you'll need to become a qualified engineer and get your gas safety certificates. This combines classroom learning with practical and on-the-job training, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Access Training: Your Pathway to Gas Engineering Success

Access Training is a leading provider of gas engineering courses. We offer a clear pathway to becoming a qualified gas engineer, with benefits including:

  • Flexible Learning Options: Choose from a variety of learning methods to suit your needs and lifestyle
  • Industry-Experienced Trainers: Gain knowledge from professionals who have been there and done that
  • Supportive Learning Environment: Access Training provides the guidance and resources to help you succeed

Take the First Step Towards a Rewarding Career

If you're looking for a stable and rewarding career, gas engineering offers a fantastic opportunity. With the right training and skills, you can ensure the safe and efficient operation of gas systems, keeping homes warm and businesses running smoothly.

Visit our website today to explore our gas engineering courses.

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Landing your dream job as an electrician requires showcasing your skills and experience effectively. This guide will equip you with the knowledge to create a compelling CV that gets noticed by potential employers.

What Does an Electrician CV Look Like?

A strong electrician CV typically includes the following sections:

  • Contact Information: Make it easy for employers to reach you by including your name, phone number, email address, and location (town/city is sufficient). You could also add a link to your professional LinkedIn profile if you have one.
  • Personal Profile (Summary): Briefly introduce yourself and highlight your qualifications and experience as an electrician. This is your chance to make a strong first impression, so emphasise your key strengths and career goals.
  • Work Experience: List your previous electrical positions in reverse chronological order (most recent first). For each role, include the company name, location, dates of employment, and your job title. Use bullet points to outline your key responsibilities and achievements, focusing on quantifiable results whenever possible.
  • Education and Qualifications: List your relevant electrical qualifications, courses completed, and any additional certifications you hold. Include the institution that awarded the qualification and the year of completion. 
  • Skills: Showcase your technical skills relevant to electrical work, such as wiring installation, fault diagnosis, electrical safety procedures, and knowledge of specific electrical codes. Additionally, highlight any other transferable skills that complement your technical expertise, like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. If you hold a driving licence, you can add this in too. 

How to Write an Electrician CV

  • Use strong action verbs: Instead of simply listing your duties, use action verbs to describe what you accomplished in each role.
  • Quantify your achievements: Whenever possible, quantify your achievements using numbers or percentages. For example, "Increased electrical system efficiency by 15% through implementing energy-saving measures."
  • Adjust your CV to the job description: Carefully review the job description and highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant to the specific role you are applying for.
  • Proofread meticulously: Typos and grammatical errors can create a negative impression. Proofread your CV carefully before submitting it.

How to Format Your CV to Pass the ATS (Applicant Tracking System)

Many companies use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen resumes. To ensure your CV passes the ATS scan, use a clear and concise format with a simple font.  Avoid using fancy formatting or graphics that may not be ATS-friendly.

If in Doubt, Use a Template

You can find numerous electrician CV templates online to get you started. However, avoid simply filling in the blanks. Use the template as a guide, personalise it with your unique skills and experience, and tailor it to each job application.

3-Year Career Support

At Access Training, we understand that securing a job as an electrician is just the beginning. That's why we offer our future electricians 3 years' of career support throughout (and after!) their training from CV advice to interview prep. We want our students to have the best opportunity to thrive in their industry. 

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What is an Unvented Water Certificate and Why is it Important?

At Access Training, we offer training and certification for Unvented Hot Water Systems and this blog post will answer all your questions about unvented hot water certificates and how Access can help you get qualified.


What is an unvented hot water certificate?

An unvented hot water certificate is a qualification that proves you have the knowledge and skills to safely install and maintain unvented hot water systems. These systems store hot water at mains pressure, which means they require specific expertise to work on.


How long does an unvented certificate last?

Unvented hot water certificates typically last for five years. After that, you'll need to take a refresher course to renew your qualification.


What are the benefits of an unvented hot water certificate?

There are several benefits to getting an unvented hot water certificate:

  • Increased employability: Many employers in the plumbing and heating industry require their technicians to be qualified to work on unvented systems.

  • Improved career prospects: Having an unvented hot water certificate can help you progress in your career and take on more responsibility.

  • Enhanced knowledge and skills: The training course will give you a thorough understanding of unvented hot water systems and how to work on them safely.


How to get certified?

To get certified, you'll need to take a training course that covers the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of unvented hot water systems. Access Training offers a comprehensive unvented hot water course that meets all the latest regulations.

Our unvented hot water course is delivered by experienced trainers and covers all the essential topics. We offer flexible training options to fit your schedule, including classroom-based courses and online learning materials. Upon successful completion of the course and assessments, you'll receive a recognized qualification that allows you to work on unvented hot water systems.


How to get a G3 certificate?

A G3 certificate is the qualification needed to install and maintain unvented hot water systems in the UK. It demonstrates compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document G3 (G3 stands for "Guidance on the safety and competency of domestic installers working on hot water storage systems").

To get a G3 certificate, you'll need to take our training course that meets the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).


Is G3 a legal requirement?

Yes, a G3 certificate is a legal requirement in the UK for anyone installing or maintaining unvented hot water systems. This is mandated by Building Regulations Approved Document G3. Working on these systems without the proper qualification is illegal and can be dangerous.


What is a G3 unvented cylinder certificate?

The G3 unvented qualification is a formal recognition of your competence in safely working on unvented hot water systems. It covers the relevant regulations, installation procedures, maintenance tasks, and safety protocols.

Having a G3 certificate allows you to self-certify your work under the Building Regulations, ensuring compliance and homeowner safety.


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Become a Registered Gas Engineer

Thinking about a career in gas engineering? This blog post will guide you through the process of becoming a Gas Safe registered engineer, a crucial qualification for anyone working on gas appliances and pipework in the UK. More...

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Are Fast-Track Electrician Courses Any Good? 

The UK faces a growing skills shortage in the electrical trade, and with it comes a surge in fast-track electrician courses promising swift entry into this exciting field. But are these accelerated programs the right fit for everyone? Let's explore the world of fast-track courses, how to choose a high-quality option, and who they can benefit most.


How to Earn More Money as a Plumber

So you're a qualified plumber, or perhaps you're considering entering this essential and rewarding trade. The good news is that the plumbing industry offers strong earning potential, especially for those who take the right steps. Here at Access Training, we're dedicated to helping plumbers reach their full potential. In this article, we'll explore several key strategies to boost your income.


Do you need to be a certified electrician in the UK?

In the UK, ensuring electrical safety in homes and workplaces is a top priority. To achieve this, there are regulations in place that dictate who can carry out electrical work. This article will answer your questions about becoming a qualified electrician in the UK, including the necessity of certification and the paths you can take to achieve your goals.


Launch Your Trade Career with Flexible Training at Access Training UK 

Looking for a reliable career with strong earning potential? You're not alone. At Access Training UK, we understand that many people have commitments outside of work – families, existing careers, or even other goals. That's why we offer flexible learning options to fit your busy schedule and help you achieve your trade qualifications.