Cliff’s Practical Training Diary

Are you training with Train4TradeSkills and want to know what the practical training is like? Cliff Raw is one of the Train4TradeSkills Student Bloggers and is training to become a plumber.

Cliff wrote a diary about his practical training and exactly how he found it. Here’s a snippet from his diary, which you can read on Train4TradeSkills News:

Day 1

5am Tuesday 3rd May. The alarm screams and it is time to be up and about today, as it’s day 1 of a 4 day training week I’m due to be at ATL training centre Featherstone by 8am and I have to get there by public transport which means a 5.45am bus into Bradford and then another bus to Wakefield that takes 1hour 15mins then yet another bus to Featherstone and 10mins walk to Green Lane, industrial park were the centre is situated.

The training centre is a smart new industrial unit and already a hive of activity. The canteen is full of students, some like myself for the first time, others are there for later training weeks also there is a mix of plumbing and electrical students. It soon becomes apparent who is in my group and after introductions we are approached by our tutor for the week – Neil Linely.

Neil takes us to one of the centre classrooms to give us the induction and explain how the week will pan out as we only have 4 days to do 5 days work because of the May day bank holiday. There is also paperwork to be done before we can get started. With that completed we were out to the practical training area where we are issued with our tool kit and asked to list the contents and check the condition of each item before signing for them.

In the afternoon we were give the task of soldering and fittings practice, much more enjoyable not making anything in particular just getting used to soldering and using fittings, with Neil taking 3 students at a time to go and do safe ladder techniques for this we also need to take photos for our portfolio’s, again the afternoon is gone in a flash.

That’s Day 1 of Cliff’s Practical training diary. Read the other 4 days from Cliff’s blog on Train4TradeSkills News.

You can also see photos from Cliff’s practical training and speak to Cliff about his T4TS course on his blog at www.plumbing-student.blogspot.com

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