From safety goggles and steel-toe boots, to using the right tools for the job, it’s important that plumbers keep themselves safe when training and on the job. Here are 10 top tips for keeping you safe: More...


First comes studying for a trade qualification at one of our centres, then, once you’ve passed, comes the job interviews. 

This can seem a little daunting, especially if it’s your first experience since deciding to make a career change or leaving full time education. So, in order to give your confidence a little boost, here are a few top tips which’ll get you prepared in no time at all. More...



The UK government has announced a target to rapidly increase the number of apprenticeships available to young people, but will this rush compromise the quality of the training? More...


The UK construction skills shortage has been well-publicised in recent years and, according to the latest reports, this deficit shows no sign of slowing. In fact, this shortage is now expanding beyond bricklayers and into the roofing and plumbing sectors. More...


Here at Access Training we offer intensive, short-course training in a number of trades and have just over a 95% average pass rate, but one question we’re commonly asked is: 

"How can you gain the skills and qualifications in a matter of weeks when an apprenticeship can take up to four years?"

Scepticism is natural, but let us explain how our courses can actually create highly-trained individuals who are enthusiastic about a new career in trade. More...




Whether you’ve already signed up to a course with Access Training or are planning on doing so soon, if you’re planning a career change you will likely have an interview very soon. These interviews can be daunting, especially if you have been in a secure job for some time and are out of practice. But don’t worry – we’re here to help. 

Here are seven top tips for mastering a job interview for a trade position: More...



At the end of 2016, the BBC reported that UK unemployment was at an 11-year low. But, that doesn't necessarily mean you can just walk into a job. In some sectors, the competitiveness of the job market is higher than ever, but a recognised qualification can improve your prospects greatly. More...



With Christmas quickly approaching, are you dreading getting up in the morning and going to work? Perhaps you’re not enjoying the job anymore or have aspirations beyond what your current employer can offer. Well, if you find yourself saying ‘I need a career change’, now is the ideal time. More...



Whether it's laziness, a lack of training or cashflow issues, there are a number of reasons that may be used when discussing a career change with your teenager. It can be scary after all. But, if you’re a parent to a teenager who is looking for their first ever job, then we bet you’ve heard them every excuse in the book. 

It can be frustrating for you as you want your child to do their best, have aspirations and do well for themselves. Then on the flipside, they probably call you a nag and tell you to “just chill out”. We’ve all been there… or at least know someone who has. 

That’s why our team here at Access Training aim to make starting a career in trade as easy as it can possibly be. More...




So, you want to learn how to fix a boiler and heating systems, but does that mean you need gas engineer course or a plumbing course? We often receive questions about the difference between the two jobs, so we thought we’d write a blog post that’ll clear up the issue and put the differences in black and white. More...


Good customer service: everyone thinks they offer it; no one will admit to bad service unless they have to. But, how can you differentiate ‘good’ from ‘great’ customer service that gains you glowing online reviews, fantastic testimonials and customer recommendations left, right and centre?

If you’re considering training here at Access Training and have aspirations to be the best self-employed tradesman you can be, here are a few tips on how to measure your performance and how you can improve your customer service: More...



So, you’ve decided you want to retrain and become a tradesman, but what is your long term goal? If it’s to start and run your very own business so you can be your own boss, then how are you planning on gaining clients?

Advertising your new skills and your available services is essential if you’re going to make a living, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where our years of experience can help. More...