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asoe209

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in a post i dont before i asked about course im almost into a college just waiting on results for a text we done yesterday.

my question now is it possibale to work in the trade not knowing any thing about it. how do you start. where do you start please some one help me. im new to the whole thing and dont know any thing yet.

I also live in london if that makes a differences to any thing.
 
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EasyFox

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Yes you can work in the trade & not know anything.
It's called being an apprentice or sparkys mate, you will be taught all you need to know but pay is a little on the light side.
Good luck.
 
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asoe209

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Yes you can work in the trade & not know anything.
It's called being an apprentice or sparkys mate, you will be taught all you need to know but pay is a little on the light side.
Good luck.
so how do you go about getting a job in this field not knowing any thing. every thing i have searched online just seems not be what im looking for. I cant wait a hole year again and run the risk of not getting in a second time.

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spark-doctor

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1) Get the yellow pages out and phone all the electricians in your area.

2) Get up early, go to a local electrical wholsaler, put sign round neck saying who you are and what you want to do.

3) Go round to building sites in your area and ask the sparks.

Be quick, colleges are enroling NOW and are filling up fast.
 
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asoe209

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1) Get the yellow pages out and phone all the electricians in your area.

2) Get up early, go to a local electrical wholsaler, put sign round neck saying who you are and what you want to do.

3) Go round to building sites in your area and ask the sparks.

Be quick, colleges are enroling NOW and are filling up fast.
Ill have to try that but the college part is to late the only one that was left that where take people looks like that aint taking me. i went there last night and we had to sit a test. they where going to call every one that passed this morning and i aint had the call yet.

so the plan now is to do the yellow pages idea and see if any one is will to take me on till i can get into college.

but this has made me fell really down now. why do good guys never catch a brake.
 
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Bane

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asoe209

I seem to remember you asking the same questions a few months ago and you received the same answers.

Did you not take our advice then? It would seem not. :(
 
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asoe209

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asoe209

I seem to remember you asking the same questions a few months ago and you received the same answers.

Did you not take our advice then? It would seem not. :(
Idid take the advise and went looking for the college cousre. my old question was weather to do it by home learning.

now i have no option but to try and be a mate and take that pay cut to get to where i want to be. Its just it seems really hard and i cant see many people wanting to take some one on that knows nothing do you get where im coming from there.
 
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Bane

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Yes I do get where your coming form but your no different from many other people out there who are in the same boat as you I'm afraid.

Re-read Spark-doctor's advice, follow it through and keep us posted of your progress.

Good luck.
 
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asoe209

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Yes I do get where your coming form but your no different from many other people out there who are in the same boat as you I'm afraid.

Re-read Spark-doctor's advice, follow it through and keep us posted of your progress.

Good luck.
i understand that. and i will take all the advise given and just hope for the best with it.

Bane one last thing if you could advise. when you call these people what do you say to them.

Hello im just trying to find out if you have a posation for an electrican's mate. im trying to get into the field and i was hope you may be able to offer me some thing.

does that sound ok.
 
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spark-doctor

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You may think No2 funney but that is how i found my apprentice. Thought if this kid is willing to go to these lenghts to get a job there must be something there so after a chat and a cup of coffee i decided to take him on. starts college in 3 weeks.

I only have to pay his over time (which is very limeted) :rolleyes:and his PPE but i have kicked in with a few extras;)
 
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Bane

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Yeah basically.

"Hi, just phoning to see if you have any vacancies for a labourer/electricians mate? (Tell them about yourself, what site experience, if any, you have. Mention your going to college, doing a course, whatever)"

Just take it fom there. Try not to be nervous, LISTEN to what they say to you, speak SLOWLY (But not to the extent you sund stupid) and CLEARLY.

You might screw up the first couple of times but take them as practice runs to perfect your pitch.

Most important: RELAX

Get your local papers, look in the classifieds where electricians advertise and phone them up.
 
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asoe209

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Thanks bane and every one for there input on this matter.

Now this may sound dumb/ silly but when i call these places if there is like a receptionist there should i just be asking for the manager.

or is it not like that for some reason i have got it in my head that its like a company.
 
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Bane

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Some will, some won't.

Obviously if your calling a mobile number, chances are you getting through to the main man himself, it's only going to be major firms like Airedale Mechanical and Electrical (for example) who'll have the receptionist etc.

Make a few calls and let us know how you get on.
 
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asoe209

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Thanks again ill crack on with that.
 
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but i have kicked in with a few extras;)
When I first started doing machine tools the gaffer dropped one of these in my toolbox and said "keep that round your neck, if you're EVER in doubt about something being live/dead and before you reach for it, drop that across it, make it instinct OK."

Still got it 20yrs later, and it's saved the sidecutters more than once.
 
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