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Upskilling: adding a spark to your future

June 27, 2016 featured image

Jobs for life, promotion based on seniority, doing the same thing year in, year out, are concepts that are quickly dying out.

Many gas and heating engineers are increasingly asked to go beyond the basics of their role to provide a total, multi-skilled service covering some domestic electrical tasks, such as wiring in a boiler, for example.

With the right training and experience, the finishing touches to some of your own heating and plumbing jobs could certainly be within your grasp.

‘Upskilling’ is often talked about in the building services sector as a way of tackling the skills shortage faced by the industry, and many workers, both employees and sole traders, are realising that increasing your skill set is a necessity for the modern installer.

But what exactly does it mean to upskill?


Simply, it means learning additional skills.

This can be anything from day-to-day on the job learning, to undertaking a formal training course, online or through a specialist training provider.

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For gas installers that want to get ahead of their competitors, upskilling is a no brainer!

Being open to learning opportunities, building on your knowledge and expanding your horizons will make you more marketable in a competitive working environment.

Some domestic electrical training will enable you to finish off jobs yourself, saving time and money, and may even bring new business your way, allowing you provide a complete and cost effective service to your customers.

Of course, there is a lot to think about at first, but upskilling does not have to be a big deal.

They say variety is the spice of life – perhaps adding another string to your bow is the key to that all important job satisfaction!

Upskilling tips

  • How much time can you spare? Training courses are becoming much more accessible and flexible, thanks to the internet, but of course some commitment is required! Can you take a day a week, or a block of a few weeks away from the daily grind?
  • Network – Talk to people working in trades that interest you and also people who have done courses that might suit you. What skills would add value to your customers?
  • Do your research – know what opportunities are out there. In the age of the internet, there is no excuse!
  • Small steps – take advantage of open days, or take a short course, anything to give you a taste of what you can gain from a course before you commit.
  • Decide what level of course you are willing to do – much of this will come down to your confidence and the time you’re prepared to commit.
  • Consider the finances – training courses can be expensive, but some training providers, like us, can, fo offer a flexible payment scheme.
  • Keep your eye on the bigger picture – make sure you know where your chosen training fits into your overall business plan.

Would domestic electrical skills add value to your business?

Our New Entrants Domestic Electrical Installer course provides the qualifications needed to join a competent person’s scheme and carry out basic domestic electrical work.

We also offer similar courses for those wishing to become gas installers.

Want to know more?  Why not come to one of our free, no obligation open days.

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