New research has revealed that a whopping 58% of people in the UK have included getting a new job in their new year’s resolutions this year. The study which was conducted by first class breath surveyed 2000 people, revealed that one in two people will be starting a serious job search within the first month of being back at work, with one in 5 people prepared to skip a day of work to attend interviews.

Leaving a job or changing your career can be an extremely stressful. If you have spent years in a company and have become an integrated part of the companies culture it can be scary stepping out into the unknown. For one your daily routine changes, you may find yourself having to get up earlier, commuting further or not getting your coffee break at 11:00. Change is not something that people take to easily.

Sometimes peoples working environment means that they have no choice but to change jobs. You might be stuck in a dead end job, you may be looking to progress in your chosen field buy your current job is restrictive; you may have just started a family and need a job which you can fit around your new commitments. Whatever the situation a change of career is something that some people feel that they need to do – in that respect there is no better time than the New Year!  

Even though change is scary – there are many benefits to changing your career, and more specifically learning a trade in the New Year:

If you are tired of been stuck in an office all day wistfully looking out the window on a summers day and wishing you were outside instead of being sat at your desk, training to become an electrician, plumber or a gas engineer could be the perfect change for you.  When summer finally arrives you can enjoy the day whilst travelling from job to job – at least you won’t be confined to your desk all day!

If you have a young family and wish to spend more time with them through the vital years, or maybe you feel that you don’t have a good work/life balance. As a plumber, electrician or gas engineer you will be working flexible hours so you will have more time to focus on everything that is important to you.

Ever dreamed about being your own boss? There are so many benefits to being your own boss, you can choose the days and hours that you work – and more! Being your own boss can be one of the best things that you ever do. Learning a trade with access training opens the doors for you to become your own boss and reap the benefits!

Money is one of the main reasons why people change their career in the New Year. By taking the plunge and learning a trade you could start earning more money as soon as you become qualified. Did you know that an experienced plumber can be earning up to £2,000 a week? That luxury holiday you have been dreaming of could be round the corner!

Here at Access Training we understand that changing your career is a scary, life altering decision. We have helped thousands of people in your situation learn a new trade and change careers quickly. We understand that everybody’s situation is unique so we are able to work around any existing commitments. So if you are concerned that your current work commitments will prevent you from learning with us, rest assured we can accommodate you.  

Access Training are offering up to 50% off all their courses up until Friday 8th January. Click here to enquire about courses today! 

Over two thirds of building companies in Britain have had to turn down work because there is a huge shortage of skilled trade people, a survey conducted by the federation of Master Builders has found.

Britain faces a shortage of tens of thousands painters and decorators, which is having a knock on effect on George Osbourne’s plan on building one million new homes over the next 5 years. A report from KPMG an accountancy firm highlighted that there is a deficit of 33,000 painters and decorators in the London and South East Area alone.

It has come to light that during the recent recession here in the UK, house building projects dropped by nearly a half, meaning that many skilled tradespeople left their industry to either train in a different skill or simply retired. Britain is slowly recovering from the recent economic downfall and demand for new housing on the rise, there is a significant lack of skilled tradespeople to complete jobs as companies cannot start new projects if they don’t have the labour available. The painting and decorating industry is currently recruiting heavily to ensure that companies can meet the growing demand and meet the planned increases in housing supply. This means that there has not been a better time to train or re-train as a Painter or decorator. 

It has been reported that young people are not training to become skilled tradespeople because they believe that the work does not pay well enough. However, due to the skills shortage, current skill traders are bumping up their prices to deal with growing demand.  A painter and decorator can be expecting to earn on average £23,000pa, bricklayers and plumbers can be expecting to earn £25,000 - £52,000. This is well above the current national average. 

The painting and decorating trade is not the only trade affected by shortage. Britain currently has a well-documented skills shortage, falling short with Plumbing, Electrical and gas engineers.  A spokesperson from the home builder’s federation stated that the shortage was “the biggest issue currently facing house builders”

Here at Access Training we offer a large range of courses which provide our students with the foundations to build a truly lucrative career. Whether you are looking to begin a new career in the New Year or currently working in the industry and are looking to build on your current skill set we are confident that we have the ideal course for you. 

We offer painting and decorating courses that are open to candidates of all skill sets and provide an in-depth introduction to a range of painting and decorating techniques, designed with beginners in mind our course will qualify you to seek paid work after course completion. 

At Access Training we don't only offer painting and decorating City & Guilds courses. We also offer a large range of Plumbing courses, Electrical courses and Gas Engineer courses all designer for people who have no experience or who are looking change their career in 2016 or to build on their current skill sets. 

If you would like more information regarding our range of courses you can contact us here or call us on 0800 345 7492 to discuss your training options. 

Here at Access Training, we offer a large variety of electrical courses that equip each student with the skills necessary to embark on a new career as a fully qualified electrician. Our courses are developed for people who would like a new challenge and aspire to run their own businesses. But don’t take our word for it - have a look at what some of our past students had to say about their experience at Access Training:

"The training was very daunting to start with, but it all gets broken down into simple manageable tasks where I was very well supported by the tutor." - Peter Baxter

As the years go by, technology changes, and so the skills that are needed to become a fully qualified electrician are ever changing. When researching electrician courses, it's important to choose an academy that keeps up with the ever-changing electrical environment; here at Access Training, we constantly update our state-of-the-art facilities and endeavour to provide a realistic, hands-on learning experience for all of our students, so when you are working in the field, you are confident dealing with real life work.  

Gethyn Hudson had this to say about his experience at Access Training:

"A well run practical week, with real life problems. It allowed me to develop the skills from week one in a practical situation. The tutor gave me the space I needed but was always on hand when required. The facilities and training staff are very good." - Gethyn Hudson

Here at Access Training, we will provide you with the knowledge, qualifications and confidence to become self-employed. Former students Richard Gates and Scott Daily were not fully satisfied with their chosen careers, so they enrolled on an electrician course provided by Access Training and they are both now trading as self-employed electricians:

"This course has led to me becoming self-employed as an electrician and has led to me expanding my family's building and roofing business." - Scott Daly

"I'm the happiest I've ever been in my working life. I like being my own boss and having control over my working week. And I'm earning three times what I was at the BBC!" - Richard Gates 

If you are thinking about changing your career in 2016, our flexible courses will allow you complete your training about your current commitments, so if you have family commitments, or are currently employed you will not have to quit your job while training for your new  career. No matter your situation, we will always endeavour to accommodate you. 

So if you want to take the plunge and begin training to become your own boss in 2016, why not enquire about our electrician courses? Click here to view our full range of electrician courses; alternatively, you can contact us on 0800 245 7492 or e-mail info@accesstraininguk.co.uk.

Nominations are now open for Heating Installer of the Year 2016!

This is a brand new award that's been organised by Installer Magazine in partnership with Continental Underfloor. They're looking for the UK's best heating installers and engineers, and if you work in either capacity, you could be in the running!

If you'd like to be considered for the award, you'll need to visit the Heating Installer of the Year website and submit your details using the online entry form. If you'd like to nominate somebody else for the award, that's OK too - you'll need the following details to hand:
  • Name of the installer and their business
  • Gas Safe registration/MCS accreditation number (if applicable)
  • Their contact details
  • Images and details of the project they completed for you
  • A short testimonial from yoursefl
The deadline for entries is the 12th of February 2016. 11 regional winners will be chosen from the list of nominees; the best of those 11 will then receive the national prize at Installer2016 in May. The regions are as follows:
  • East of England
  • East Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • South West
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
If you think that your plumber/heating engineer could take home the top award, then be sure to nominate them! These tradesmen and women do great work every day throughout the UK, and their efforts deserve to be rewarded.

Of course, if you're thinking of becoming a heating installer, then that's something we at Access Training can help with. We offer a number of gas courses and plumbing courses for people of all skill levels, so whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced candidate looking to turn your skills into industry-recognised qualifications, please get in touch today. Who knows? You could win Heating Installer of the Year in 2017! 


To become a professional gas engineer you will need to receive the right training to meet the gas safe registration criteria.  You will not be able to trade as a professional gas engineer until you have gained all the appropriate ACS qualifications. Gaining these qualifications will ensure that you can meet the industry requirements and install and maintain gas appliances to an industry recognised, and safe manner.

If you are planning on wither changing your career or start your career as a professional gas engineer Access Training offer gas assessment packages that are specifically designed to get you through your ACS assessments, so you can get gas safety registered quickly.

To enrol on our ACS Initial Assessment you will first need to have the CPA1 qualification. Contact us for more information about the CPA1 qualification.

Once you are on the gas safety register you will need to renew your ACS qualifications every 5 years to stay on the register. With this in mind, we offer a range of re-assessment courses covering:

  • Core gas safety
  • Core gas safety + 4 appliances
  • Central heating boilers
  • Domestic cookers
  • Gas fires and wall heaters
  • Gas meters
When you get gas safety registered, or if you have been on the gas safe register for a number of years, it doesn't have to be then end of your training – we also offer a variety of courses for experienced tradespeople aimed at helping you to expand your skill set and develop you and your scope as a tradesperson.

Click here for more information on our range of Gas Engineering courses or to enquire about ACS Assessments, give us a call on 0800 345 7492

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