1. Can anyone apply for a Train4TradeSkills course, or do I need some kind of formal qualification?

The great thing about our courses is that they are open to literally anyone, regardless of previous qualifications. We are very careful to make sure that you enrol for a course that suits your talents and your abilities. We thoroughly assess your ability before completing your enrolment papers, to make absolutely sure you’re happy with your choice of course and will enjoy working through the coursework.

2. Where does the practical training take place?

The practical training takes place at T4TS approved centres. These specialist centres are staffed by qualified, experienced 'time served' plumbers and electricians. Both premises and staff are of the highest standard and as such, are approved by the country's leading assessment bodies; BPEC, City & Guilds and CSkills.

3. Why do I need a qualification or skill?

There's an increasing call from the government and from companies for a properly skilled and appropriately qualified workforce. The present government plans to restrict benefits to those who have sought vocational skills and the prime minister has said that the future success of British business depends upon our having a sufficiently skilled workforce. New vocational 'technical colleges' are to be created in recognition of the demand for trades skills, so now is the ideal time to join the skills race.

4. Do I have to pay upfront, or can I make stage payments for my course?

You are very welcome to pay for your course in one lump sum. For those who prefer, however, all of our courses can be paid for using interest-free finance from a recognised and appropriately licensed lending source. A fully trained course advisor will advise you as to your payment options.

5. Will I get a qualification at the end of my Train4TradeSkills course?

All of our courses lead towards industry recognised qualifications and certifications from the UK's foremost accreditation bodies.

6. What are my job prospects?

For years, British youngsters have been failing to complete plumbing apprenticeships. They've been reluctant to work alongside a jobbing plumber for little more than a pittance - the drop-out rate was high and motivation low. For those above apprenticeship age and wanting to switch careers, but tied by personal commitments and the need to earn a living, it was difficult if not nigh on impossible, to become an 'adult career changer'.

An influx of Polish and other Eastern European plumbers temporarily 'plugged' the skills gap and provided Britain with many much needed plumbers. But now, they are returning home in their thousands as their domestic economies strengthen. The end result of this is that there is more work than the current crop of qualified plumbers out there can possibly cope with and there are more work opportunities to come as the economy recovers and the Government pumps money into huge construction and rebuilding projects.

The media have repeatedly recognised the need for more qualified trades people. For decades fewer and fewer youngsters have been 'taking up the tools'. In recent years, they've wasted no time in telling us how we've let eastern Europeans take 'our' jobs.

Well now they're going home, we've nothing to complain about, other than it's going to be even harder to find a good electrician when you need one. There's never been a better time to study to become a qualified electrician or domestic electrical installer.