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  1. Frank_620
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    Frank_620 EF Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Just joined as I'm looking to retrain at the age of 30. Loads of great info on here so thanks for that!

    Frank
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    welcome to the asylum. as for the career change, read threads about courses. don't be conned by these "become an electrician in 5 weeks"
    after parting with £6000.
     
  3. Frank_620
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    haha thanks, that's exactly what i have just posted a question about in the training section!
     
  4. Spoon
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    Welcome to the forum mate.
    Tried to look up "NVQ level 3 option skills" to see what you get for your money but all the sites are under maintenance... or my comp is playing up.
     
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    Martyn Fletcher Regular EF Member

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    I was trained in Electrical and data engineering 1980. Left the trade in 1989 and bummed around in IT making money, started a few businesses and made money, lost everything in 2008 (Thank you w/bankers) and eventually decided to get back into Electrical and Data engineering last year. One of the easiest options open to me (I thought) was a DEI (Domestic Electrical Installer) course for £4000. I had the money, I had the need, so I did it hoping it would open doors. It did not. I'm earning, but not going in the direction I expected.
    If you respect yourself and wish to be respected within the industry I implore you NOT to go that route. Try, if you can to find a local college and do the FULL C&G 2330, 2392/2391 etc. At your age it is still worth doing and you will be around 35 years old when you're out the other end. THEN, you can command the respect that so many of us can no longer hope for. And you will know your trade and know your value.
    I'm 56 and I took the easy route after so long out, but now I'm looking at different options. I'm lucky in a way because I have the finances to swap and change a few things like starting my own company (I already have) or buying a franchise perhaps. But making the right choice from the outset is of paramount importance. So read and digest the advice you get from these guys here. They know their stuff.
    Other than that, I have nothing much to offer.
    Best of luck to you.
     
  7. Frank_620
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    Thanks Martyn good to hear peoples opinions.

    I'll get looking again. One of the only level 3 courses i found was about 8k over two years mainly weekends at Gloucester college which seems expensive and i also cant give up that many weekends
     
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    I'm going to change the word 'respect' to 'acknowledged' as you don't get respect by a title but you earn respect on how you treat others.
    I have been in the industry a long time. A thread on here was discussing what an electrician & engineer is. Some think you have to have a JIB card to be an electrician and have a degree in engineering to be an engineer. I have neither. So according to these people I am neither an electrician nor engineer... Not that a care what these people think about me... just putting it out there. ;)
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    some colleges offer 2 evenings/week, and for a lot less wallet rape.
     
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