For people wanting to enter into the construction industry there are many routes in which they can do so, there is the apprentice option, college courses, long distance courses, short intensive courses and then there are training centres.
Training centres are the perfect option for those who want to either get trained up quickly or for those who need the benefit of flexibility that being trained up this way offers. So if you haven’t been able to get on an apprenticeship scheme why not consider training via a training centre.
Maybe you cannot commit yourself to a full time training courses, if this is you then please don’t worry as this is one of the reasons why training centres are so popular, you get to choose the days and times you can put into your training. You may have family commitments for example or maybe you are already in a job and you have to train while you still carry on with your work, again getting trained up via a training centre would be your ideal option if you do have to juggle other commitments.
If you didn’t already know, training centres have been purposely built for the construction industry they really want you to fully experience what being in a certain trade is really all about so that you can be prepared for life in your new career. Training centres are really hands on making the learning experience much more enjoyable for you. You’re simply not just there to read and learn from a text book you really can get all the experience you need under one roof.
Becoming a skilled worker within the construction industry is very exciting and it’s not just because they are all excellent careers to be involved in but also the job security that comes with different trades, we desperately need skilled workers in this country and not just here but all over the world, this is why skilled workers are well paid, to put it simply, we need them and there just isn’t enough of them!
You’ll discover that training centres are located all over the UK so I’m sure you’ll find one reasonably close to where you are based and if not there are many options open to you, you could think about stopping over in a b &b for a spell until you finish your course, this would be an option if you were taking a full time course not so much the part time course, otherwise you’d be spending a fortune. Think about it, as you would be saving on travelling and all the expenses that come with that and it means more time for you to really concentrate on your course.
You don’t need any formal qualifications to train via a training centre and as soon as you’re ready you can begin your training.
Your course will include both theory and practical, the theory will take place in the air conditioned classrooms. Yes you did read right, air conditioned classrooms, to make your learning experience even more enjoyable and comfortable.
You are trained up by experts at their trade which in this case would be painters and decorators who are there to guide and help you all the way from the start of your course right up to the day you walk out of there with a certificate in your hand. You will be trained up so that you get right up to the level that required by industry bodies for example Cit &Guilds. The certificate you’ll receive at the end of your course is your proof that you have completed your course and are fully competent and skilled at your trade.
When you first find a training centre that you’re happy with make sure they have been accredited by an awarding body like City &Guilds.
Training centres work around you’re requirements!
Training centres offer their students great flexibility as I mentioned earlier if you have other commitments and just cannot commit to a full time course you have the part time option available, this way nobody is excluded from training to enter into a skilled job.
The full time option will see that you will finish your course in 4 to 8 weeks and if you take the part time option you have the benefit of being able to spread your course over months and sometimes even years. It depends really on how soon you want to start your new career and of course the other commitments you may already have.
Training centres are open Mondays to Fridays and are also open in the evenings and weekends. This is perfect for those who like I say do have other commitments and maybe can’t get to the training centre in the day and have to do their training in the evenings or on the weekends.
Training centres are very hands on places and allow you to fully appreciate what goes on in your chosen trade. The theory is learned in the air conditioned classrooms and then you move onto the workshops where all the excitement begins and you can put all that you’ve learned into practice.
It has been advised that anyone who starts their training should look for a work placement straight away as this will allow you to gain even more work experience and will help you greatly with the practical parts of your Diploma, discuss this with your college or training centre, they will be more than happy to advise you.
If you are already a painter and decorator but don’t hold any qualifications then why not try and have your skills assessed, you will be assessed for your knowledge and skills and the qualification you’ll gain will depend on your results, but it has to be worth a go!
Theory and practical!
The classroom is where the text book learning takes place this is where all the health and safety regulations are learned and also the underpinning. You’ll be taught all that’s involved with your chosen trade and what the working days are like for a painter and decorator. Your expert will demonstrate how to carry out different tasks before you enter the workshops.
The workshop is where the practical takes place and it’s the place where you will fully get to grips with your trade. The equipment you need is all included in your course so there are no worries with things like that, you can put all your concentration into your course.
What’s the average cost of a course?
Training centres are quite expensive but it all depends on how you see it. Training courses can be anywhere between £4,000 and £6,000. Like I say it depends o how you look at it, yes they are expensive but you have to remember it is your future you are investing in and once you are qualified you’ll be making so much money that these start up figures will be insignificant in the long run. Skilled workers are in high demand and so their wages are high so remember this when you are working out your options. Also remember that if you go self employed you’ll have the benefit of setting your own rates and the closer you are to London and the South East the higher your wages will be.
How’s about short intensive courses and long distance courses?
These are both good alternatives to training centres however I must point out that you have to be careful as many of them just don’t put enough time into covering the practical parts of your course. So you end up learning lots about your trade but haven’t been able to fully appreciate what your trade is all about practically and it’s this practical experience that’s necessary for your future career. So please make sure that the theory and practical sections are equally covered in your course and also make sure that they are industry recognised with City &Guilds for example.
Ok so that’s about it from me, as you can see training centres really are a great route into the construction industry, skilled workers are in high demand all over the UK and I really hope that you too will soon be one of them enjoying the rewards that come with working in such an exciting industry. Good luck!