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  1. Notyetaspark
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    Hello everyone,

    Could really do with some advice on the best way to go about continuing my learning to become an electrician.

    Currently working with a local spark for the last 4 months but he can only give me 2/3 days per week if that. When I'm with him I feel I'm definitely learning but I'm 34 years of age with a family to support and 2/3 days a week wage just isn't sustainable for much longer.
    Before this I worked as a mate on more commercial sites for about a year but didn't even get to look at a wire or anything to do with electrics really apart from a **** load of plastic conduiting.
    Is this how it is when trying to gain experience working commercial?
    Seems like everyone gets assigned their role and that's all they will really do for the most part. No real learning gained from it to be honest.

    Got my level 2 and 17th edition and want to work towards my gold card eventually but just don't feel I'm going to get the opportunity working as a mate on commercial sites.

    How did some of you who were adult learners with no time to waste get there and if you had to do it again or if you was in my situation what route would you take?

    Appreciate any feedback
     
  2. westward10
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    westward10 Please don't bore me with your life story. Electrician's Arms

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    Why do you feel installing conduit is not learning, myself and many contributors to this forum have spent days installing containment on commercial sites as it very often the bulk part of the install. Learn to walk before you can run.
     
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  3. Notyetaspark
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    Who said I was installing conduit?
    And even if I was installing conduit if that's all I did for 12 months it would be pretty slow learning towards become a spark do you not think?

    Thanks for you feedback though
     
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    westward10 Please don't bore me with your life story. Electrician's Arms

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    "apart from a ****load of plastic conduiting" I believe you stated.
    Slow learning used to be the best way to learn but these days everyone wants to reap what they haven't sown.
     
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    You might of been happy with lugging conduit for 12months when you was learning but I thought there would be more to it than that. But maybe that's the way it is and that's why I'm asking on here to confirm that.
    As for reap what they haven't sown, I left a 500£ a week job moving about conduit to work for 150£ a week to learn and try and better myself so hardly that mate.
     
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    Oh yeah, I can see where it sais installing.
     
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    you chose the job ,not us . we have all been their doing the c**p jobs.
     
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  9. Dannyg8810
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    No one is going to let a trainee loose until they can do the basics it just takes time mate
     
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    westward10 Please don't bore me with your life story. Electrician's Arms

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    So you didn't install conduit you lugged it about for twelve months.
     
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    Totally agree mate, was just trying to get a feel for how things work on a big site and whether that is the best place to try to learn.
     
  12. LankyWill
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    When i was house bashing as an apprentice all i did was box up and chase walls for 12months, as well as being the loft rat. Just got to suck it up and do your time, try completing your level 3 and get improver status.

    As for the 'poor me' on the money situation, its was your choice at the age of 34 to take up a new job that involves a lot of hard graft and baby steps. No one forced you to leave your job to become a spark and start at the bottom again.
     
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  14. Notyetaspark
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    Definitely going to work towards my level 3

    I never complained once about the money mate, Was just stating that I'm willing to start from the beginning but if after a year in site nothing is still leant then it gets frustrating
     
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    you could be on the street shovelling sh*t!
     
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