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  1. PrA

    PrA New Member

    Hi
    A month ago I completed a two-year Domestic Gas Engineer foundation training. Unfortunately, the opportunity they offer me for a work placement to build my portfolio is in Leeds, and I live in London.
    I'm just wondering if there's a certified gas engineer who can help me build the portfolio for the ACS exam.
    I have no experience with gas, except for those five weeks at college. On the other hand, I have extensive experience in construction for over 18 years. My last job before starting the course was Head Builder. During the course and currently, I am working as a part-time handyman.
    I will highly appreciate any given opportunity or advice on where I can find it.
    I will greatly appreciate every opportunity or advice I provide about where I can find it. I am sure we will be able to agree on the price that I will eventually have to pay.
    Thank you in advance.
     
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  2. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    IS the Romford area is close to you?
     
  3. PrA

    PrA New Member

    Thank you for the quick response MaksimsK
    Definitely. I live in Redbridge
     
  4. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    Afraid i'm not offering my help with portfolio, but I can give you a direction.
    Try to contact BoilerMedic. I've done mine with them last year and they are very, very helpful. Find Jon, he is a main person there. I will send you his phone in private message.
    According to my experience, there is tiny chance that someone will help you with the portfolio on a private basis, I think mostly because of all liability insurance stuff. Jon, is cooperating with assessment centres and he know exactly what they looked for and he also help you to finish you write-ups later. But be ready to pay for that (
     
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  5. PrA

    PrA New Member

    I really appreciate your help MaksimsK. Yes, I know that I will need to pay. My main concern is to find someone who will help me and not just waste my money. Thanks a lot.
     
  6. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    I have a great time when was doing my portfolio.
    He will control, what you have all pictures and done every needed test to comply with all BPec requirements. After you will finish all jobs (usually it's 3 installs, 7 services and 2 gas fires), you will book an appointment in centre where you planning to check your portfolio and few weeks before, you will sit with Jon and do all write-ups and pictures.
    My portfolio was accepted in a 15 minutes time, they have no questions to me at all.
     
  7. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Did you have any plumbing Or gas experience before though?
     
  8. PrA

    PrA New Member

    Unfortunately, the part of the plumbing/central heating and gas was quite far from my duties. I have just a basic plumbing knowledge. That was the aim of doing the course but...
     
  9. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I’m not sure I understand your terminology. People get really cryptic about this. When you say “quite far from your duties” are you saying you weren’t able to attend the gas bits??
     
  10. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    nope, no experience in plumbing or gas.
    And that's the major problem after I become fully qualified in December. you know, usual stuff: no job for not experienced ppl, no experience, because you can't get...
     
  11. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    This is my point. I don’t get why you would go down this route without doing C&G/NVQ route 99% of people won’t get a job so will go solo or give up and have no knowledge or expertise for installing or repairs or diagnosing faults. I’m not being negative I just know that out of my college group when I left school only three of them including me are in the job. Thingis you’re saying about being “fully qualified” whereas in fact you don’t know how to design a heating system or work out specific heat capacities or calculate a property heat loss. What are you actually fully qualified in??
     
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  12. MaksimsK

    MaksimsK GSR

    Absolutely agree, but...
    By that time (year ago), I just wanted to change my way I'm living. But I'm afraid, I had no one to explain what you mentioned before. If I knew, I definitely go CG NVQ lvl2 route and than Gas. But even then, without experience, that's not guaranty me a work place.
     
  13. PrA

    PrA New Member

    Sorry being cryptic was not my intention. The point was that like a head builder I was involved in mostly demolition and structural part. There was a dedicated plumber/gas engineer doing the plumbing/central heating/gas appliances installing. Yes, I had an IDEA of what he was doing but this is not counting (in my opinion) as a proper EXPERIENCE.
     
  14. Riley

    Riley Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I didn’t mean anything rude by it I’m sure you can appreciate that we see a lot f cases such as this where training centres promise the earth and generally come up short. Is there no discussion room with your training centre saying that Leeds is impractical for you?
     
  15. PrA

    PrA New Member

    Unfortunately(for me) just Leeds.
    Anyway, thank you for the interest Riley. :)
     
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