The UK is currently suffering from a shortage of trade skills. As these trade skills are in such a high demand there has never been a better time to train. Working a manual trade is a rewarding career choice and you don’t have to spend years in University to start. Learn more about why you should qualify in a trade with Access Training from our trade infographic.

Should I Learn a Trade Infographic

 

You can complete the necessary qualifications and these specialist courses with Access Training.

Choose from Essential, Professional and Premier intensive courses – something to suit everyone whether you are a beginner or just enhancing your skills!

Contact Access Training now to find out more about any of the course packages we offer.

Quick Career Change

So you're sick of your current job and you want to make a change as soon as possible. You could simply apply for a role elsewhere, of course, but what if it's not your present employer or workplace that you have a problem with? What if you're looking to switch to a different line of work entirely?

If that's the case, you'll often have to retrain and you can have the opportunity to do so by looking into our intensive trade courses. As we explained in our last blog post, What Are the Best Careers to Retrain For?, learning a new skill and becoming a professional tradesperson is a great career change option, but is it the right choice when you're specifically looking to make a QUICK career change? In other words...

Is it possible to become a qualified tradesperson in a short space of time?

The 'traditional' training route for plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople is unfortunately rather time-consuming. An apprenticeship takes several years to complete, meaning that you'll be stuck at the training stage for quite a while before starting your new career proper.

Fortunately, there are faster ways to get qualified. A good intensive / fast-track training course will cover everything you need to know (including all relevant theory knowledge as well as the practical skills you'll be using on the job) in a matter of months rather than years, making this a far better option when time is of the essence.

Of course, successfully completing a fast-track trade course requires a lot of hard work, but your effort will pay off in a number of different ways:

  • You'll be able to start your new career sooner

  • You'll be learning your new trade instead of making tea for your boss (as can unfortunately be the case for apprentices)

  • You'll have the opportunity to grow your skill set rapidly by taking on additional training courses if you wish

Intensive training courses from Access Training

If you're looking to get trained up and change careers ASAP, Access Training's fast-track courses are ideal for you. Contact us now to discuss your options, or click one of the following links to find out more:

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Retraining for a new career

If your current job has become frustrating, uninspiring, or just plain dull, then it may be time to consider retraining for a new career. You can retrain at 20, 30, 40 and beyond - regardless of your age, it's never too late to change your path!

While lucrative careers that require no qualifications or prior training do exist, 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. The best careers to retrain for can take many forms: some people choose to 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 pursue. So the questions you should be asking, first of all, are 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 re-training 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 training choice indeed.

Training options for budding tradespeople

The government'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 in very high-demand, of course, but so will the following people:

Electricians

Homes need electricity, and only a qualified electrical engineer can legally perform electrical installations. Why not retrain as an electrician with the help of Access Training?

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Plumbers

Homes also need 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. We offer a variety of plumbing courses if you'd like to retrain as a plumber.

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Gas Engineers

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). This is a rewarding and challenging profession for people looking to retrain.

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Kitchen Fitters

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. Retraining as a kitchen fitter will provide you with a lucrative career, and might even come in handy at home!

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To find out more about the best retraining options here at Access Training, and to start retraining for your dream career please contact us today.

Construction industry

Following Chancellor Philip Hammond's new budget, the construction industry is speculating on how its announcements could affect jobs and opportunities here in Britain. The budget gives insight into the government's vision of Britain for the coming years, as well as their predictions for the economy.

Following a few tough years for the construction industry, we waited with baited breath to hear the plans, and it looks like it may be good news. Here is a closer look at how the some of the announcements from the budget will help the construction industry:

Help for first-time buyers

The abolition of stamp duty is great news for first-time buyers buying a property that is worth less than £500,000. This means that first-time buyers will save an average of £1,660 when purchasing homes between £300,000 and £500,000.

This is sure to encourage more people to buy property, as 80% of people buying their first home will now not have to pay the highly-criticised stamp duty that buyers were previously subjected to.

The need for new homes

The government is aiming to build 300,000 new homes a year - numbers that have not been seen since 1970. With the decision to buy new land for the purpose of creating more homes, there will be far more opportunity for those trying to purchase a property.

The government will also create 5 new 'garden towns'.

How will this affect the construction industry?

Where there are new homes, there are new jobs for construction workers. With Britain looking to expand its homebuilding industry, there has never been a better time to learn a trade. The ongoing UK skills shortage has given carpenters, plasterers, tilers and various other tradespeople the opportunity to find plenty of work for decent pay.

The 2017 Autumn Budget is encouraging when considering the job opportunities for those in the construction industry. Hopefully, it will also encourage more people to learn a trade skill which will, in turn, help the skills shortage.

If you would like to take advantage of the skills shortage and join this growing industry, you should look at the trade training courses we offer here at Access Training. We help get you qualified and working in the shortest possible timeframe. Go to our homepage to see what we offer, or contact us today to discuss your options.

Should I become an eletrician?

Wondering whether or not to become an electrician? Well, we can certainly assure you that it's a very rewarding career choice. It's also a very stable source of income - electricity is a crucial part of modern life, and there are all sorts of important jobs that can only be done by qualified electricians.

Whether you are fresh out of school or looking for a new career a bit later in life, there are plenty of good reasons to become an electrician. We've put together just a few of them below.

Five Reasons Why You Should Become an Electrician

  • You can be your own boss

Becoming a qualified electrician will provide you with the option of starting your own business. If you've always loved the idea of being your own boss and choosing the hours you work, learning to work as an electrician could be a great choice for you. Many electricians are self-employed and demand for qualified electrical engineers is always high.

  • The salary is above average

Electricians typically earn more than any other tradespeople. According to Total Jobs, the average yearly salary for an electrician job is approximately £32,500. Of course, it's possible to earn even more than this through self-employed work, career progression, and bolstering your skillset with additional training courses and qualifications.

  • You can work anywhere

The great thing about an electrician's job is that they can work wherever it suits them. There is a huge need for electricians nationwide - not only does this give you the freedom to travel around, it also means you have great job stability.

  • You can start at any age

Due to the flexible nature of electrician work, it is possible to become a qualified electrician no matter how old you are. If you're straight out of school, you can start training to become an electrician right away; if you're looking to start a new career, you can start training for your electrician qualification alongside your current work.

  • You don't need a degree

Becoming an electrician does not require a university education, meaning you will not rack up thousands of pounds' worth of student loan debt before entering the world of work. Training to become an electrician costs far less than a university degree, and you can even train around your current schedule if you wish to continue working in the meantime. Here at Access Training, we offer courses to suit everyone's needs.

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is being an electrician fun

With most people now working well into their 60s (if not later), it's important to choose a career that you're likely to enjoy. As those who have taken an Access Training electrical course will know, electricians make good money, often get to choose their own hours, and are in very high demand in the UK right now. But is being an electrician fun? Is it a job that people genuinely enjoy, or just another way to pay the bills?

The answer mostly depends on what you personally enjoy doing. We find that most of our graduates very much enjoy their new line of work, but it's good to find out if it’s something you’ll like before you start your electrical training.

With that in mind, here are few things to consider:

Do you find fixing things rewarding?

One of the things electricians most enjoy about their job is the satisfaction of fixing things. Having to work out what’s wrong and then correct the problem takes a lot of knowledge – if you like problem solving, you’ll probably find being an electrician fun!

Do you like being active?

You may not realise what an active life electricians lead. A typical day can include climbing up and down stairs, scaffolding and ladders many times. You may also have to crawl into small places. Either way, you'll need to be in relatively good shape. It’s far from an office job, so if you don’t like getting up and about then you may not find the job too fun.

Do you want a job with variety?

Being an electrician gives you the freedom to explore new work every day. You aren’t confined to one place and this means you’ll have lots of different experiences and meet lots of different people. Many electricians love that they constantly get to switch up their daily routine, finding a lot of fun in the diversity of the job.

For more information on what it’s like to be an electrician, feel free to contact us today. Alternatively, click here to view our electrical training packages.

how long is a plumbing course

If you go via the 'traditional' routes, it can take years to learn a new trade like plumbing and get the qualifications you need to start work. It used to be the case that the only way to become a professional plumber was to study in college, which typically takes two years, then take on an apprenticeship for an additional two to five years. This was to ensure that each plumber had the necessary skills and experience to work confidently and competently.

Here at Access Training, we aim to get you qualified in a much shorter timeframe. Of course, we also want our plumbing students to be confident and competent, so the exact length of our plumbing courses depends on the capabilities of the student in question.

Our plumbing courses

We offer three different plumbing course packages for new learners - regardless of what level you're aiming to achieve, we have the right course to get you where you need to be.

We also allow students to train around their current commitments, and some choose to do the training part-time. This ultimately takes longer but means students can continue working whilst they train and still end up as a skilled, fully-qualified plumber. The flexibility of our courses allows people to complete the course at their own speed.

Each student will need to build up a successful portfolio to demonstrate their competence at plumbing. If you have previous experience then this will inevitably be a quicker process, but complete beginners are welcome to Access Training too. We aim to get everyone to the same level, no matter how long it takes.

Our advisors are always happy to give advice, so if you have any further questions about our plumbing courses or how long it will take to become a plumber, please get in touch with us today!

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