How A Soldier Became A Gas Engineer

Current servicemen and women who are worried about rejoining the world of work can take inspiration from this story.

Adam had spent over twenty years in the armed forces and decided to start a new career working in the gas industry and after researching different training centres in a magazine he decided to choose one which had a history of teach service leavers.

The training centre that Adam selected was an Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) registered company which meant that he could use his training grant to help towards the qualification course of his choosing.

Before enrolling on the gas training course, Adam decided to speak to the centre manager who was able to explain the procedure for enrolling onto his desired qualification.

The centre was fully aware of ELC funding so there were no complications with funding the learning which was a great relief for Adam who was initially concerned about how he would pay for gas training.

Following the discussion with the centre manager, Adam was shown around the facilities and introduced to his instructors so that he was adequately prepared for his first full day of learning.

As a new entrant to the gas industry, the ex-serviceman decided to enrol onto a three week core gas safety course which provided the underpinning knowledge to enable him to perform certain aspects of gas work.

Completing the course allowed Adam to work on domestic gas installations and appliances under the supervision of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer in the work place.

Adam was able to complete his gas portfolio which was a requirement for sitting his ACS exams and assessments after the training centre set him up with one of their sister companies.

Many practicing gas engineers are often too busy to fully explain the intricacies of gas work and provide supervision so it was extremely fortunate that the former solider chose the right training centre.

It took a fortnight of on the job experience for Adam to complete his gas portfolio and he completed his ACS week achieving the CCN1, CKR1, CENWAT1, HTR1, MET1 and CPA1 units in the process.

Overall, Adam went from being a soldier to a Gas Safe registered engineer in the space of just four months and is already enjoying the benefits of his training by earning a wage well beyond his expectations.

His journey would not have been possible if it was not for the hard work and expertise of the training centre that he chose which underlines the importance of selecting the right tutors.

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