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    24 yr. old construction worker (building playgrounds) a the moment thinking of changing my career, what's peoples advice on these Fast-track plumbing courses???

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    Waste of time. Only suited if you already know what your doing not a fresh starter
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    Hi what's other option do you suggest ??

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    Slow track. Find a course at collage nvq level 2 . Nights at first then find employer and start level 3. Then do your gas. Fast track you will be no good to anyone unless you know your chips first.
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    i did a course with NCS that has given me a level 2. but tbh alltho i know regs and basics i dont really feel like i could do it on my own full time. didnt even take a tap apart or anything, cost me 6500k plus going to doncaster for 5 weeks
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDhiman View Post
    i did a course with NCS that has given me a level 2. but tbh alltho i know regs and basics i dont really feel like i could do it on my own full time. didnt even take a tap apart or anything, cost me 6500k plus going to doncaster for 5 weeks
    An honest and helpful post.The'long' route via technical college is best.However from what I understand the funding is limited at a certain age and there is the problem of building up a practical portfolio which is well documented in various threads on here.Even offers to work for nothing seem to fall on deaf ears.Sorry if this seems negative but it is meant to be realistic.Go into this very carefully.It has taken me 7 years to feel I can comfortably earn a living and I have no commitments.I am finally enjoying the work more because I feel some sense of security.Good luck.
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    Pay me 12k and after 2 years you will be "the man"
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1P View Post
    An honest and helpful post.The'long' route via technical college is best.However from what I understand the funding is limited at a certain age and there is the problem of building up a practical portfolio which is well documented in various threads on here.Even offers to work for nothing seem to fall on deaf ears.Sorry if this seems negative but it is meant to be realistic.Go into this very carefully.It has taken me 7 years to feel I can comfortably earn a living and I have no commitments.I am finally enjoying the work more because I feel some sense of security.Good luck.

    sadly iv been laid off from my full time job so being thrown into the deep end.

    i have mixed feelings about this course tbh, it is good in some ways but if u can and young enough proper collage apprentice is a better IMO lol. im 25 and couldn't do one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDhiman View Post
    sadly iv been laid off from my full time job so being thrown into the deep end.

    i have mixed feelings about this course tbh, it is good in some ways but if u can and young enough proper collage apprentice is a better IMO lol. im 25 and couldn't do one.
    Were you able to complete your practical portfolio? That is another problem with these courses .They either say that you are properly qualified and don't mention practical work or say they will arrange it and manage to get out of it.Are there any evening courses which would help you? If you are a practical person there is the handyman route.As well as plumbing,do tiling+decorating.Courses less expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1P View Post
    Were you able to complete your practical portfolio? That is another problem with these courses .They either say that you are properly qualified and don't mention practical work or say they will arrange it and manage to get out of it.Are there any evening courses which would help you? If you are a practical person there is the handyman route.As well as plumbing,do tiling+decorating.Courses less expensive.
    iv done all my work/practical for my course just need to finish the write ups. that will give me my C&G level 2. then to get my full NVQ diploma there's 2 onsite visits costing £300 each. that i have to do

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    It is hard these days for any one wanting training/experience etc, it all comes down to money and lining some ones pocket for the pleasure of doing your job.

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    Hi. I would avoid doing a fast track course to be honest. I know 3 people in the last year who have done them and they are all still trying to find someone to help them do their portfolio and assessments. It's common sense really how can u be a plumber in 6-8 weeks from a training workshop?
    I'm doing an apprenticeship at the age of 35 and it was the only way forward I felt. I'm struggling financially but my loss now will be my gain in less than 2 years now. I DJ on the side to get by and my wife is very supportive of me. Plus my friend is my boss and was happy for me to be an apprentice, I'm lucky and it's about time things started to work out for me. Do a lot of searching round and try and get the best advice you can. I hope all works out well.
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