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Returning To College To Finish Studies Is It Worth It Opinions And Advice


benmcevoy

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So where to begin I'm now looking at returning to college to gain level 3 paying out my own pocket. It will be the 2365 on a night time I previously did the 2330 passed level 2 but from what I can make out failed level 3 only obtaining one certificate for that course. Since going to college about 5 years ago I have mainly done site labouring. I want to get back into the trade but to be honest I have forgot most of it due to lack of experience and not being able to work alongside sparkies. Any advice would be welcomed

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Let me put it like this; Education and certificates are never wasted, the only people that say "Huh, bits of paper do not matter" are those that have not passed any exams themselves...

 

Go have a word round at the college, they will be able to advise you best..

 

john..

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its only a bit of paper, it doesnt matter anyway...

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Will the day you have to show your competance to an insurance company or a coroner....

 

john..

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how many bits of paper do you think this guy had ?

and what difference did it make ?

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thanks for the replies to do with cerificates i understand that it is all down to the practicle ability of the person performing the task at hand. i want in the future to be able to have that gold card to which i would say you all have so that is why the certificate side is just as important to me as i have been offered the chance to start getting the hands on experience through an electrician i know to which i can't wait. doubt i will do an apprenticeship as the adult trainee route seems to suit myself more even though it means paying a decent amount of money out.

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Yes Steps, but just because you have passed exams does not mean you cannot make a mistake!! [Might be the difference between what a judge calls misadventure instead of incompetance though!!]

 

john..

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ok guys i would like to ask what tools would/should you expect a mate to have as that is the role i will be portraying. comercial site. (sorry for bad spelling)

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commercial,

so does that mean galv?

hammer, pliers, a few screwdrivers, 12" hacksaw, steel rule, square, tape measure, level,

I suppose a basic set of hand tools, I wouldnt expect a mate to have any powertools tbh,

but, a cordless screwdriver would probably make your own life a whole lot easier.

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stripping cable is a matter of preference,

sometimes I just use normal combi pliers, sometimes a CK auto wire stripper, recently Ive been getting on well with a pair of CK sidecutters with stripping notches for 1.5  & 2.5

conduit singles I normally use a pair of knipex/draper end strippers, no idea what the proper name is for them,,,

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Is the ck auto wire stripper any good as I did look at it before is it sturdy? Ck sidecutters with stripping notches any chance you could get me a link to view them. Cheers

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personal preference... i use these for stripping just about everything. only thing i dont use them for is the armour on SWA...

 

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Sorry if this is a repeat as I'm using my phone but are they as sharp as the ck ones which look like that.

Also have you got preference on where to buy tools from

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they dont look anywhere near as comfortable though!

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As the others have said.above....all the cutters have their place

I quite like thesepost-11861-0-60924200-1437171355_thumb.j

Very comfy to use AND for commercial /conduit work they have a shear point for M4 as well as 3.5..... Makes cutting conduit box screws a doddle!...just DONT cut anything too hard with the tips

CK do an equivalent without the Ergo handles

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