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Hi guys,
I have been wondering what options I have to progress further after completing my Level 3 NVQ.
After I have finished this I will be doing my Testing and Inspection but im unsure what to aim for after this.
I was thinking maybe Electrical Design? But also unsure how to get to that position, what route to take to get there
 

westward10

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What is it you want to achieve, working on the tools or at a desk designing for those on the tools.
 
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What is it you want to achieve, working on the tools or at a desk designing for those on the tools.
At the moment I'm thinking more desk job, however I do really enjoy being on the tools so I'm abit stuck at the minute deciding, just thinking about the future that's all to make my life easier, I'd rather not be on the tools when I'm 50
 

Andy78

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All good fellas who do a desk job but know their stuff have a wealth of experience on their tools.
 

westward10

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I agree with Andy experience cannot be bought but whilst your in the mood and looking long term you could look at the HNC/HND route.
 

Zdb

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I would strongly recommend doing the design course. The knowledge you will gain will help either on the tools or with a desk job.
 
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I would strongly recommend doing the design course. The knowledge you will gain will help either on the tools or with a desk job.
Thanks for the reply Zdb, I've been looking to find somewhere that does it but not had much luck, would the design course require Uni? Or simply a week long course?
 

Zdb

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Mine was 8-10 days spread over a few months. That's for the theory part which ends with a 3 hour written exam.

Then you must complete a project at home which is a full electrical design and creation of an operation and maintenance manual. You have 2 years to complete it but depending on how much free time you can put into it, you could possibly complete it in as quick as 6 months (good luck).
 
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Mine was 8-10 days spread over a few months. That's for the theory part which ends with a 3 hour written exam.

Then you must complete a project at home which is a full electrical design and creation of an operation and maintenance manual. You have 2 years to complete it but depending on how much free time you can put into it, you could possibly complete it in as quick as 6 months (good luck).
Yeah thats what I was thinking it would be something as long as that, where could I apply for this course?
 
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I got made redundant and then found a job with Matthew Hall a week later, part and parcel when an apprenticeship comes to an end.
 
A qualification doesn’t give experience.
Over the years I had a belly full of desk jockeys thinking the earth is flat. Later when I was piloting a desk, I’d got the experience of the real world. BTW the world is round.

A big part is, is it practical?
OK, run a 95mm² 4c SWA from point A to B. Point B is 100ft above point A, how many men do you need?
We’d ripped out an old distribution system but left a 0.3in² PILC SWA in the 100ft vertical run. Two joints, two men, end of problem.

Experience only comes with time. SORRY.
 

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