When considering you’re options as to how to enter into the tiling industry I bet you’ve thought about college courses, apprenticeships and home study courses but have you ever considered training centres? Well this is what I will be telling you all about throughout this article. I’m going to give you all the info you’ll need on training centres and hopefully by the time you finish reading you’ll better understand if they are a suitable option for your needs.
Tilers are in high demand and I’m not just talking about the UK I’m talking about all over the world for example places like Australia, New Zealand and Canada, each of these are good examples of countries that would love to have your expertise and skills in their countries. That’s the thing about gaining skills in the construction industry you’ll know your skills are appreciated and needed wherever you’re living and working. It really is a skill that’s yours for life.
So read on and hopefully you’ll understanding a lot more about tiling courses and training centres by the time you’ve finished reading.
Am I suitable for training in a training centre?
Yes absolutely, everyone who is thinking of a career within the construction industry is the ideal candidate for training centres, if you didn’t already know training centres have been especially designed with the construction industry in mind.
They really want you to fully understand all about your chosen trade which in this case is tiling and they will allow you to be really hands on with the way you’ll be trained up so that you can really appreciate all the jobs a tiler has to carry out throughout the working day.
Skilled workers like tillers are very much in demand and that’s why training centres are such a popular route into different trades. They offer so much flexibility that absolutely anyone can train up this way for their chosen trade.
Training centres are found all over the country so I bet there’s one close to where you are and if not maybe it’s just a short distance away, if however you find that your nearest is a fair way away then maybe consider the option of staying close to the training centre for the duration of your studies.
Maybe you have a friend who lives close by and you can stay with them or there’s the option of staying in a b & b for the training duration.
Either way you’ll be saving on travelling which will mean more time for your training plus you’ll also have the bonus of not paying for travelling expenses.
To start your training you don’t need to have any formal qualifications and you can begin your training whenever you’re ready.
Your training will consist of theory and practical, the theory all takes place in the classrooms, which are all fully air conditioned for extra comfort for you and the practical will all take place in the workshops.
You’ll be trained up and guided by experts at the tiling trade who will train you up to the highest of standards that meet with industry recognised qualifications so that by the time your tiling training ends you’ll have a full understanding of the tiling trade and how to carry out jobs safely and efficiently.
One thing to do before you sign up with a training centre is to make sure they have been accredited by a governing body for example City & Guilds. Once you successfully complete your training you’ll be awarded with your tiling certificate and this is your proof that you have met with the industry regulations and that you have the skills and expertise to carry out a job successfully.
Training centres offer great flexibility!
If you have other commitments in your life for example family or a job then sometimes you just cannot even think about full time training for another career. Well this is why training centres are so popular, yes you can go for the full time option which will usually see you trained up in 4 to 8 weeks or there’s the part time option.
So if this is you and you really want to train up for another career whilst carrying on with your other commitments then go for the part time option you can take your time without the worry. With the part time option you really can take your time and can spread your training over months and even years if you like.
Training centres are available Mondays to Fridays and are also available on weekends and evenings, so as you can see they really do make it easy for you to get your training in when you have the available time.
Training centres boast all the latest mod cons and like I mentioned earlier you have the added benefit of air conditioned classrooms making learning so much more comfortable.
The best thing about training centres is the way they fully encourage you to really get hands on at your chosen trade, they want you to dive straight in and really get to grips with what actually goes on in the working life of skilled people. They want you to be prepared for your trade both in knowledge but also practically too. You’ll begin your training at the very beginning and then work your way up the scale.
It would be a good idea if when you begin your training you start looking for a work placement in fact industry organisations all agree that this is really important as you will gain extra practical knowledge that will help you greatly with the practical parts of your diploma. Discuss this with your training centre or local college they may be able to help you find a work placement.
If you are already working in the tiling trade but don’t currently hold any qualifications then you have the option of having your knowledge and skills assessed by current industry standards. As you complete different tasks you’ll be assessed and then depending how you do, and you could gain some tiling qualifications.
Where the magic happens!
You’ll learn all about the tiling industry in the air conditioned classrooms and also you’ll learn about health and safety and all the underpinning you’ll need to know for the tiling industry.
Your expert will demonstrate to you how to carry out different jobs and explain what a tiler does in their working day. Understanding health and safety is really important especially before you enter into the workshop where all the magic happens. Yes the magic happens right there in the workshop this is where all of that learning can finally be put into practice and you can really see what a tiler’s working life is really all about. All the equipment you need is provided so less worry for you.
Are tiling courses expensive?
It really all depends on how you look at it, yes I guess on first glance they can seem to be a bit steep tiling courses can range anywhere between£4,000 and £6,000, but the thing to point out here is that once you qualify that’s it you’re a fully qualified tiler with knowledge and skills that are so desperately needed. These skills cannot be taken from you they are yours for however long you want to use them for. Tilers earn very good money and the start up cost of the training centre will seem really insignificant once you’re out their earning your wage. It really is an investment on your future as a tiler.
Are long distance courses and short intensive any good?
Yes absolutely and they do have their place, they are a great way of entering into the tiling industry and you’ll learn all the basics.
The thing is however is to make sure you know exactly how much time is given over to practical training and work placements. It’s one thing to understand all the theory but you need a combination of the two, theory and practical.
You don’t want to end up with a lack of practical knowledge and skills that are required for the tiling industry. So as I say they do have their good points but remember to ask about the practical sides of training, this is so very important, also make sure they are accredited by an industry organisation for example City & Guilds.
Well we’ve come to the end now I hope I’ve been of some use to you and that you’ve gained more info on training centres and all that’s involved. It really is a great skill to have and you’ll have a fantastic career ahead of you. So all the best and I hope it all works out for you!