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Discuss Want to be a plumber? at UK Plumbers Forums; Originally Posted by karenmorgan I don't know what the fast track courses are. I am in my second year of college doing tech cert 6129. I have to do my ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by karenmorgan View Post
    I don't know what the fast track courses are. I am in my second year of college doing tech cert 6129. I have to do my NVQ level 2 alongside it. Is that fast track? We get an exam roughly every 2 weeks which is pretty fast lol
    I sense a lil sarcasm in your voice, but can not be certain, so I will rise to it.

    "fast Track" is a course which creates gas safe registered plumbers with NVQ 2 & 3 in 6 months.

    Good on you for going the right route, college is the best way, get to learn the small things and remember it all.

    You will be a greater plumber for it.

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    lol no sarcasm intended. I just didn't know what fast track was. How on earth can someone become gas safe and do NVQ in 6 months?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenmorgan View Post
    FUNNY!!!! You should read my other posts before you jump to conclusions!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don't take it to heart..I'm sure you'll do just fine & if I may offer a couple of tips:
    Be the best you can be. You'll be judged more than others & nothing silences doubters more than excellence. Read as much plumbing articles & info as time will allow. This site will help you no end.
    Work safely. Don't do anything that might hurt you - immediately or in future. My rusty back & crunchy knees are a product of silly working practices & something I regret now.
    Thicken your skin. You'll no doubt get a lot of comments in future & a great many will be unkind. Don't take them home with you. It sometimes helps to have a black humour & warped view of things. See first point for how to beat comments.

    Good luck & welcome to the business.
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    Fast track courses can be OK for someone with on site knowledge - say an experienced Bricky who knows a bit about plastering and who wants to get his papers to get a job with a big contractor, that he (or she ) is capable of doing.

    But some of them can be well dodgy. They'll charge you £5000 for a six week course and churn out "qualified" people who haven't got a clue in reality. Some of them just take the money, and promise you "on site" NVQs that never marerialise.

    I was going to post a link to one that operates in Cardiff (which I think is better than most of them), but I realised it would break the "no advertising courses" rule, on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikimac View Post
    Don't take it to heart..I'm sure you'll do just fine & if I may offer a couple of tips:
    Be the best you can be. You'll be judged more than others & nothing silences doubters more than excellence. Read as much plumbing articles & info as time will allow. This site will help you no end.
    Work safely. Don't do anything that might hurt you - immediately or in future. My rusty back & crunchy knees are a product of silly working practices & something I regret now.
    Thicken your skin. You'll no doubt get a lot of comments in future & a great many will be unkind. Don't take them home with you. It sometimes helps to have a black humour & warped view of things. See first point for how to beat comments.

    Good luck & welcome to the business.

    To be fair everyone has been great so far. Especially customers! It's only the tradesmen that ever make comments but I can deal with that. It's no different from being in a pub on a Saturday night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenmorgan View Post
    If everyone thinks it's so lonely, then why aren't more plumbers more open to taking on apprentices? As a newbie, I can't understand why everyone has such a hard job finding a plumber to take them out FOR FREE!!!! I understand the insurance side and all that but if they're supervised what's the issue?
    "What's the issue?"

    Its a good question and I think it deserves a few responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanger View Post
    "What's the issue?"

    Its a good question and I think it deserves a few responses.
    for me its thinking about the job, whilst trying to do the job at the same time, especially when you are puzzled and customer is there and apprentice turns around and says, "so how come its broke then".

    ummm, errrr, ummm.

    But once I am fully trained with a few years under belt, I will take on apprentices, but will tell them I won't be able to take you on afterwards.

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    Yeh that's a good point actually. I have been guilty of saying things when we are on a job and he tells me to shutup lol. I have learned now what I can say in front of the customer and what I can say when we are back in the van lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (chris) View Post
    Excellent advice and reality checks in this thread for those of us starting out. I'm in a very similar position to Grovesy1000, and the reality is that you can make a go of it but it's hard.

    But I've gone via a Further Education College as it's cheaper and I don't trust the "Fast-track" people.

    By the way - send me £5000 and I'll tell you how to be a millionaire
    whats your adrress whats your adrress WHATS YOUR ADRRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN I SEND MY CREDIT CARD DETAILS
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    Quote Originally Posted by karenmorgan View Post
    Yeh that's a good point actually. I have been guilty of saying things when we are on a job and he tells me to shutup lol. I have learned now what I can say in front of the customer and what I can say when we are back in the van lol
    All down to patients really, I'm too young and not much patience.

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    The Fast Track Company I was talking about is ACCESS training - I did a Google search and found a thread about them on the tiling section of this forum.

    Their reviews are pretty bad. Google

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpsy View Post
    I bet you'd be happier to work on your own rather than have some annoying customer there every 2 seconds over your shoulder and getting in your way.
    I have been that annoying customer always asking what the plumber in my house is doing: because it is so interesting! So far luckily, none has told me to bugger off: I suppose they just charged me for an extra half hour!!!
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