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  1. JD6400

    JD6400 Forum Mentor

    As the title says , why did you do it ? What ever were you thinking !:rolleyes2:

    I got into it after my old man said i needed a trade when i finished school , and the family farm was not big enough for both me and my older brother to work on together !
    He wanted me to be a pipe jockey but after trying to fix a broken video recorder it was changed to a sparky (I never did manage to put that bloody thing back together again !!!).:hammer:
  2. Andy 7671

    Andy 7671 Guest

    Opus dei turned me down.....
  3. mackers

    mackers Guest

    simple !was offered YTS when i left school plumber or bricky £27 a week ,my dad came home and his firm offered me £42 a week as a apprentice spark! here i am 25 years later a millionaire!!!!!!!!
  4. mickys86

    mickys86 Electrician's Arms

    Was 26 yrs old and flicking through the college website when I saw the course. I've always been interested in wiring lights so I thought y not..... 2 1/2 yrs on and it was the best thing I've ever done. I seem to just get it

    SIIVION Regular EF Member

    Plumbing and Carpentry I learned from my father to an acceptable DIY standard so Electrics seemed the natural course for a practical young chap.

    pipe jockey, hmmm...

    # Aaannndd its 'Waterflow' being held back by 'Ballcock' in an increasingly pressurised race, 'Plunger' is pushing through as 'Airlock' is holding back, 'Bidet' is staying a the rear 'Check valve' rushes past the pack only to be beaten by 'Soldered Joint' sweating to the finish#
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  6. alarm man

    alarm man Guest

    its easy and it only takes 5 weeks...
  7. i=p/u

    i=p/u Electrician's Arms

    done btec in construction, and thought have few options now, structural engineer was the one i liked, but we had ababy so didnt apply for full time course where electrical was 1 day per week and could still earn... aand i do like it most of time..
  8. jase

    jase Electrician's Arms

    I was working in a factory that made switchgear, after countless jobs in various factories scince leaving school and having seen the manufacturing industry go right down the sh***ter in this country i saw an ad in a local paper for a trainee electrician, went for an interview, they were offering me the same rate of pay i was currently on for being a trainee (£5 ph) and they were going to pay for me to go to college, and it would be nights so i didnt miss a days pay, and they payed for the hours i was actually at college, Bonza,!!! I started in Jan/feb on the provisio that if i cut it i would start college in sept, well suffice to say i never looked back, I was 26 at the time, 29 when i qualified, 35 now and wonder why i just didnt do something more simple with my career!!! lol
  9. tonycoysh

    tonycoysh Guest

    My Dad's a sparky, followed him around from as soon as I could walk so had a fairly long unofficial apprenticeship. Never bothered qualifying until recently (Used to 5WW route to get paper's - I don't mind being honest) Ideally would like to emmigrate with it but now we have a kiddie it might not be so easy to go.
  10. parker56

    parker56 Guest

    I was always out in the cold and wet while the spark gave his orders out while in the dry, now i'm in the dry
  11. The Ranger

    The Ranger Guest

    TBH who knows

    i fitted windows
    qualified as a 360 digger operator at 17
    then my old man who's a spark basically told me to sort it out and get a "proper trade" never looked back!
  12. Flyingsparks

    Flyingsparks Regular EF Member

    Saw an electrician and thought this looks like an easy job, walking round with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver fixing things.

    Big mistake - 38 years and loads of courses later still hard at it trying to make a living !
  13. alarm man

    alarm man Guest

    probably jib
  14. Guest112

    Guest112 Guest

    family talked me out of a mechanical apprenticeship, did a full time electrical lev 2 course for a year then started my apprenticeship at 18 started the course all over did lev 2 again before lev 3, then done 17th am2 and 2391 just took a chance tbh and luckilly love it, love the mindset ive always thought it takes a lot of common sense to be a spark and good problem solving skills which i like
  15. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze I do what the voices in my head tell me. Electrician's Arms

    Plato's cave
    The voices in my head made me do it.
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