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Old 11-28-2017, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hi guys.
Currently working as a dual fuel engineer, and whilst I don't mind the job it was never really what I wanted to do... It's a fairly cushty job really but is quite limited in scope and starting to get a bit mundane/tedious with workloads getting a bit silly with the current push to get smart meters installed.

Have tried looking for adult apprenticeships and such and tried ringing round a lot of the big local contractors to see if they would be interested in taking anyone on but have never found much luck. I'm 31 at present so finding such placements is nigh impossible.

Have seen quite a few courses online and was wondering what the crack is with them and/or what would be the best way to go about getting my foot in the door of the electrical trade?

Obviously it's a bit tricky as some of the courses are a month so getting the time off work to go do one is kinda tricky and I don't really fancy jacking in my current job completely on the hope that I can get through a course and find work in short order afterwards as I currently have a mortgage and other financial commitments.

The local college doesn't seem to do night or weekend classes so that's not an option.

Any suggestions/help would be appreciated as I really want to get out of my current job in the next year or so.

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Old 11-28-2017, 05:06 PM   #2
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Sorry, i just realised most of you guys are in the US. I'm from the UK.
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:56 PM   #3
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There are some UK guys on here. It's after midnight there though. Give it a day.

Sounds like you want to change careers without starting at the bottom of the pay scale. Not sure how that will work out for you.
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Old 11-28-2017, 07:15 PM   #4
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31 is too old in England.
Hence why nothing exists for him.
If you’re not an apprentice after the age of 20, you never will be. Period.
Companies in England won’t hire someone that already has bad habits (attitude)
Companies will only hire apprentices they can mold. At 31 you’re not mold-able.

Grab a mop mate.
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Ideally I'd like to end up as self employed. I do know a few people in the various trades that could potentially get me a bit of work to get me going but it's just getting my foot in the door and getting that initial experience and training/qualifications to get the ball rolling.

Have been looking online and I have the money for the courses, it's just that some of the courses can be fairly long and wouldn't be possible for me to do unless I quit my current job - A risky move if I can't then find work after I qualifiy.
Also don't really know where to start in regards to the courses.

Massively regret not getting into the trade when I left school...
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I think you are out of luck, friend. The way you're hoping this works out anyway. You need to ask yourself how much you dislike your current career, and if it's worth blowing everything up for something new. The only way to do this properly is to go all in. It'll never work any other way.
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