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  1. saj1994

    saj1994 New Member

    Hi,

    I have no previous experience in plumbing or any trade, however I am interested in training as a gas safe engineer. I am looking to do the fast track gas safe engineer course with able skills. My friend who is now a gas safe engineer working for a company said he did a course with able skills few years back but it wasn’t the fast track one as it took him nearly 2 years to complete.

    He is telling me to do the level 2 plumbing course in college for 1 year then move on to gas course but im limited on time as I need to get finished on the course and start working as soon as I can.

    My friend is happy for me to accompany him and learn from him. So is it wise for me to do the fast track course at able skills then go work with my friend for few months till I gain experience?
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I would always do collage and training (eg an apprenticeship) like your friend said, you will struggle to get a job if you do decide to go down the fast track as you don't have any experience

    Could you do night courses ?
     
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  3. saj1994

    saj1994 New Member

    Hi Shaun,

    Thanks for the reply.

    So do you reckon I start with a level 2 plumbing course in college?
    What do I do after that as I am struggling to find any gas courses in college.
     
  4. saj1994

    saj1994 New Member

    Also I will be training with my friend after I complete the course, wouldn’t this be sufficient?
     
  5. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Depends do you have any practical plumbing experience?
     
  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Has he asked the company he's working for ?
     
  7. saj1994

    saj1994 New Member

    No I haven’t got any experience at all.
     
  8. saj1994

    saj1994 New Member

    I don’t think he has yet.
     
  9. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    They might say no so I wouldn't pin all my things on him, don't put all your eggs in one basket
     
  10. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I would do lv 1 first / pre course
     
  11. Simon 45

    Simon 45 Member

    Hi A workman should able to carry out the work he is undertaking to do, in accordance with all the relevant rules that apply to the work in question. But I find that very few are capable of doing so, there work dose not come up to the minimum standard required. Most inspectors accept the work, but should not, maybe they do not know the rules.
    I remember my college days, when a class tutor was being corrected consistently by a student who was training to be a building inspector. I wished at times I could shut him up, but he was right. He quoted the relevant rules that applied to point out to the Tutor he was wrong. The same person went on to be head of that department where he worked. I think the minimum standard to be a gas safe/ heating engineer is to have served a full apprenticeship in that trade and passed all the relevant exams, and just hope he gets it right, most of the time. By the way can I fast track to become gas safe engineer, well qualified on paper but not in practice.
     
  12. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    Donald Trump fast tracked to the U.S President job.
    He was good at what he used to do,, allegedly..
    And new the theory.

    I rest my case.
     
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  13. Simon 45

    Simon 45 Member

    I agree with you snowhead re apprenticeship and qualifications, fast track should not be accepted to practice any trade or profession. by the way who gave you that name. Time will tell whether he is right or wrong, he has made a fortune, so he must be doing something right, I wished I had been clever enough to mass the fortune he has, do you not agree.
     
  14. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR

    This is of course just your own individual personal opinion. Mine is that there is nothing wrong with fast track. But once you have passed your course you are still learning and you will still have to be willing to jump through hoops to prove your worth. If you are doing it for quick money, do not bother. But if you want a profession then stick with it.
     
  15. Simon 45

    Simon 45 Member

    I must admit I like people who try to improve themselves, personally I would employ him under supervision to ensure he did not get out of his depth. I have worked with fast tracked workmen in the past, they do not have the same skills as a apprentice trained employee and should be paid as a trainee. I have had to put there work right, when I was on the tools, the employer has to pay for the job being done twice, how many employers today would do that.
     

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