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Train now for a brighter future

Press Release: March 19, 2010

Changing Direction

MET-UK offers you the opportunity to change your direction and become a qualified Plumber, Domestic Gas Engineer, Electrician and/or a Renewable Energy Installer in as little as 10 weeks! Exciting opportunities afforded by gas smart meters, renewable energy, domestic plumbing and house building legislation mean that theres never been a better time to train and you could enjoy years of varied, rewarding work.

About MET-UK

MET-UK is the UKs leading construction training and work placement provider and have a combined experience of over 400 years of trade experience. Having achieved an A rating from City & Guilds training audits since 2005, MET-UK are the only gas training provider to have achieved UKAS/CORGI Certification status. The Centre of Excellence has been developed with £millions of investment and years of expertise providing over 52,000 sq ft of training space in two purpose built sites incorporating classrooms and purpose built training bays where practical work is undertaken.

Industry lead training courses

MET-UK design courses with employers and changing industry regulations in mind, and so in an industry where employers demand experience alongside qualifications, MET-UK provide level 2 & 3 qualifications supported by managed work placement with employers in your local area.
Plumbing is an excellent entry point into the industry and MET-UKs 8 week course means that you can train into a new career in as little as two months and work confidently as a Plumber undertaking bathroom installs and working with pipework and water systems. Plumbing is a pre-requisite for most renewable energy technologies and so if youre looking to work in the emerging renewable energy industry, training as a Plumber with Solar and Renewable Energy will give you the relevant skills to then go on to install domestic solar hot water heating systems, underfloor heating and ground and air source heat pumps to name but a few.
Entering a new industry can be daunting; MET-UKs Multi Skilled Gas Engineer options combine key industry skills so that you can confidently work as a Gas Engineer with additional Plumbing or Electrical skills enabling you to sign off your own work.
The Gas elements to the course enable you to work safely as a Gas Engineer by providing you with the skills to work at an advanced level of boiler breakdown, fault finding and repair and the additional multi skilled elements mean that you can either combine plumbing skills or electrical qualifications to put you ahead and enable you to say yes to every job. This practical and theory work is supported by work placement sourced in your local area which is broken down into blocks during your course. This allows you to put your new skills to work whilst gaining the relevant evidence required for your portfolio.
These courses qualify and provide you with the experience to be able to register with Gas Safe Register and work safely and competently in the regulated gas industry.
If electrics are more suited to you, MET-UKs Domestic Installer pathway into the industry combines classroom based learning with managed work placement in your local area. The Domestic Electrician course is built up of recognised qualifications which meet and exceed the new BS7671:2008 17th Edition regulations. This means that any trainee completing the course will then be suitably qualified and experienced to undertake and certify the full range of domestic electrical work and to register with industry electrical competent persons schemes.

Embrace Change, Train now for a Secure Future.

Former steelworkers Ian Bailey and Neil Dudill trained to become Gas Engineers at MET-UK after being made redundant form the Corus steel plant in Aldwarke Rotherham.
Both Ian and Neil were put under notice of redundancy in early January 2009. A former Quality Examiner, Ian says we knew redundancies were coming up and so started looking into courses and potential future opportunities. As part of the process we were interviewed about our current skills and background, as funding is only provided for courses that are relevant to your current skills.
Neil, a former Production Manager continues because we knew that funding was only relevant to your existing skills we paid for our initial Plumbing course ourselves in March, so that we had the right skills to be able to apply for the gas course to be funded.
You really need to be focused upon what you want to achieve because the process can be a bit lengthy but if you persevere, research and provide all the relevant information you should be able to get the course that you want funded.
An important factor to both Ian and Neil when considering their career change was job satisfaction and the earning potential; recent industry research shows that Plumbers and Gas Engineers are amongst the happiest workers, and the earning potential in the industry is well documented. The opportunity for self employment was also a big draw to an industry that affords that kind of flexibility.
Ian and Neil chose MET-UK for their training as they knew previous students whod had a positive training experience and then gone on to have a successful career in the Plumbing & Heating industry. After successfully completing their Plumbing City & Guilds 6129 courses, Neil and Ian have returned to MET-UK and are currently completing their fourth course Train as a Gas Engineer (Level 2 & 3). Once theyve completed this theyll have the relevant skills and qualifications to go on to have a successful career in the industry.
Ian says of his time at MET-UK I particularly enjoyed the practical element of the courses as this helps to put the classroom work into place, I can physically see and do what Im learning about. I went to MET-UK with a view to further my career and I feel happy and confident that Ill be able to do that now, Id happily recommend MET-UK to anyone.
Neil adds I went into this industry as I wanted to be able to go self employed in the future and be in control of what I do. Because of the quality of the training Ive had (I really enjoyed the practical too) I feel happy that I can do that and have really enjoyed my time at MET-UK, so much so that Ive recommended you to friends already.
Ian concludes Dont be disheartened by redundancy, take it in your stride, and see it as a new beginning, welcome the change.
For further information about MET-UK and MET-UKs training courses, contact a course advisor on 0800 542 7201, email at [email protected] or visit their website www.met-uk.com

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

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Email: [email protected]@met-uk.com

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