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T4TS How to Guides: Ex-Armed Forces Personnel talk about retraining with T4TS as plumbers and electricians

Train4TradeSkills are a big supporter of the armed forces and are keen to promote the good work our soldiers are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We are also keen to help servicemen and ex-servicemen make the transition from the armed forces back into civilian life and have a number of students who served in the armed forces and are now training as plumbers and electricians.

Train4TradeSkills Radio has spoken to a number of servicemen and soldiers who are preparing for life after the army by training as plumbers and electricians. These are Dev Pun, Daniel Terblanche and Darryl Johnson.

Dev Pun

Dev is a Gurkha who has spent 11 years in the army as an engineer. Dev has served with the Gurkhas, who are part of the British Army, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dev turned to plumbing because he was recommended to take it up by a friend who is a plumber, and he said he wants to learn new skills and have a trade under his belt.

Dev says about the practical training part of the course:

“The practical training is quite challenging and demanding because I’m learning new things every week. The teachers are helping me, and I’m learning new things on practicals.”

Daniel Terblanche

Daniel has spent 7 years in the army, working as a tank commander. Dan describes his job as “I basically drive, load , shoot, gun and sometimes command tanks.” Based at RAF Honington, Daniel took leave to attend his practical training and is training as an electrician.

Daniel told Train4TradeSkills Radio how he went about doing the course as well as serving in the army and his plans for the future:

“I basically just went through the chain of command. I went to my boss and spoke to him about it, saying this is what I’m doing and I’m paying for it out of my own pocket. At the end of the course the army has a scheme called Enhanced Learning Credits – if you can pay for a course with those learning credits then the army is obliged to let you go. Once I’ve finished the course I will put my application for enhanced learning credits in and they will give me some money back. I can then go back to army and say this is what I’ve done, I’ve passed a course and you’re letting me go for a few weeks at a time when it’s justified

At this stage of the game I think it will take me quite a while to finish the course and I’m in no rush at all at this stage. Once I’ve finished the course I’ll probably see if I can get permission At the end I would possibly like to be self-employed, yeah, but initially I need to get a whole lot more experience before I do that, so I would probably look to work for a big company or something along those lines.”

Darryl Johnson

Darryl is a soldier and is in the 2nd Royal Welsh Battalion. He has served a tour of Afghanistan and is set to leave the army in the next month and will instead focus on plumbing.

Darryl told Train4TradeSkills Radio about how he arranged to do the practical training and his plumbing plans for when he’s left the army.

“At the moment I’m on leave so it was quite easy for me to come down here for this second week that I’m on now. When I was on week 1 I was still in my working hours so because I was leaving my platoon commander was kind enough to give me the time off because he knew I was already signed off and my contract was going to end. He was happy to give me the time off and let me complete my week 1.

With me coming out of the army this month, I’m hoping to finish my Level 2 by the end of the year. Once I’ve done that I’d like to get in with a plumber, get employed and gain some experience.

The benefit with Train4TradeSkills is that you can do it at your own pace, in the evenings or in your spare time.”

You can listen to Dev, Darryl and Daniel’s stories from Train4TradeSkills Radio at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Train4TradeSkills is a big supporter of the Armed forces and particularly Holidays4Heroes, a charity that gives holidays to servicemen and women who have sustained injuries whilst on duty. To find out more about Holidays4Heroes go to http://holidays4heroes.blogspot.com

Train4TradeSkills Students Top Studying Tips: Part 2

Are you training to be an electrician or plumber with Train4TradeSkills and want some studying tips?

Train4TradeSkills students now share their top studying tips to help you when studying on your course. All of the interviews are from Train4TradeSkills Radio, our student radio service.

Don’t forget that you can listen to all the student interviews from T4TS Radio at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills and download all the stories on our Scribd page at www.scribd.com/train4tradeskills

Megan Morphew

Plumbing Course

“When I go through the books I like to highlight the things and write them in a separate book, so it’s easy to refer to and it’s in my language, so I can understand it properly and it’s made it easier for me to learn.”

Sam O’Hemeng

Plumbing Course

“Best bit of advice is to take your time with it, don’t try and rush, because there’s quite a lot to read when you get it all through. A lot of people think the quicker I get through the quicker I’m done, but it doesn’t pay to rush through it – just take your time and make sure you understand it.”

Matthew Holly

Plumbing Course

“What I tend to do is write things down. in my Bristolian accent and things I know and it just works out for me a lot easier by doing that. Some people are very lucky and can take things down and suck it all in, but I start reading and end up staring through the pages. At least when you’re writing it down and you see a question, you sort of go back to it – and I found that really does help.

Dan Hardy

Plumbing Course

“What I do to get it lodged in my brain is make posters with little bullet points and put them all around my flat and above the toilet. So when I go to the toilet I can just read the post-it and it lodges in my mind. Just that really – that’s what I’ve been doing and it seems to work.”

Barry Dillaway

Plumbing Course

“Basically you’ve just got to buckle down to read all the books and manuals and take it stage by stage. Spend at least 2 hours a day reading the manuals.”

Craig Rushbrook

Plumbing Course

“I find reading through passages and making bullet points in a separate notebook and picking out the important parts works well for me. And then every 20 minutes just take a short break.”

You can listen to Megan, Sam, Matthew, Dan, Barry and Craig’s Interviews from Train4TradeSkills Radio and read the interviews at www.train4tradeskills.wordpress.com

Train4TradeSkills students share advice on how to get jobs and work placements

Are you training to be a plumber or electrician with Train4TradeSkills and want to get some practical experience outside of your course? T4TS Radio has spoken to a number of students who are working in the industry alongside their training and gaining valuable experience. These students offer their advice and tips of how they managed to get work placements and jobs, so you can follow in their footsteps. We’ve already done two of these guides (which you can read here), and here’s Part 3. Here are the students and the excerpts from their T4TS Radio interviews. All of the interviews are available to listen to at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills and you can read and download the stories via Scribd at www.scribd.com/train4tradeskills

Dalton Gilbert

I’m a qualified electrician and I work for a previous small contractor firm and some big industrial firm like Sky, EDF and Virgin energy. Because the industry has grown tremendously bigger than what we anticipated and the 17th edition has become a new certificate that all employers are looking for and it’s very hard without your 17 qualification. As an electrician, I do metering, wiring, I’ve been doing all aspects of electrical industry. But without a recognised qualification then your career stalls.

Craig Holland

I was actually working as an electricians mate, I just didn’t have my qualifications. I was doing all sorts of work really – domestic, commercial, pre-face stuff. I learned the practical OK from that but coming to the training centre it’s helped with the theory side of it. Can you tell us a bit about how you arranged that experience then?When I first left school when I was 16, I sent out a CV and a letter to almost everybody within a 20-mile radius of where I live in the Yellow Pages. I didn’t really get much back from that, but then luckily a family friend offered me a job working with them as an electrician’s mate. So I ripped his arm off! (laughs)

Danny Wicks

Since I’ve been doing the course I’ve fitted three bathrooms, one for my mother and I’ve had two private jobs that I’ve done as well. Did you find that the work helps you understand the course more? I’d say that doing the course has made me understand the job more, rather than doing the jobs has made me understand the course more. You mentioned you did 2 private jobs. Can you tell us how you arranged that and how you went about it?Well it was from a a friend who was working on a customer’s house and he asked me to take a radiator off the wall from him, so he could do some plastering. This led to me being asked to fit a bathroom in the same property.

Lee O’Donnell

I’ve been helping friends out as a sparky’s mate for many, many years on the side, because I’ve always loved electrics and that kind of stuff. How did you find that helped your course then?Because I kind of knew on the practical side what cable felt like, I knew what it was like to terminate sockets and cable stripping became second nature, as we do a lot of that in IT as well with catfire cables. You pick up a lot of the practical things you need to do just by being an electricians’ mate.

Andy Knott

I’m working with a plumber now and he took me on, so I’m basically doing an apprenticeship with him, so when I’m not studying or here, I’m working with a plumber on-site and getting all the experience really. For those people that are listening and want to get work experience, can you tell us how you arranged that? There was a plumber on-site who said I was a hard worker, and I said I would like to get into plumbing. He said as long as it’s alright with your boss, I’ll take you on. You really just have to get out there, get on-site and once your out there with them, your own your way really. Have you found that the plumbing work has helped you with your course then?Most definitely. If there’s stuff in your bookwork that you don’t really understand, I can just go to him and ask him about it, he’ll explain it to me or show me if we’re on a job, on different types of systems and things like that.

You can listen all the full interviews from Dalton, Craig, Danny, Lee and Andy at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills – where you can download to iTunes and your smartphones.

Chris talks to Train4TradeSkills about his electrician course

Chris Atkins is training to be an electrician with Train4TradeSkills. T4TS Radio spoke to him to find out how he was getting on with his course, studying tips and any electrical work he has been doing.

You can listen to Chris’ interview at www.train4tradeskills-radio.co.uk or download to iTunes via AudioBoo at www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

Welcome to Train4TradeSkills How to Guides

Are you training to be a plumber or electrician with Train4TradeSkills and want to get some practical experience outside of your course? T4TS Radio has spoken to a number of students who are working in the industry alongside their training and gaining valuable experience. Work Placements

These students offer their advice and tips of how they managed to get work placements and jobs, so you can follow in their footsteps. Work Placements

Here are the students and the excerpts from their T4TS Radio interviews. All of the interviews are available to listen to at www.audioboo.fm and you can read and download the stories via Scribd at www.scribd.com

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