How do you know which training provider to choose when there are so many to choose from? Some areas to consider could be:
1. Look at who they are accredited by
2. Look at their staff and their qualifications
3. Look at the price – are they too dear or even too cheap? Any VAT?
4. Can you visit the Training Provider without an appointment?
5. Space available
Able Skills is an accredited centre securing approval to deliver qualification training from City & Guilds, Construction Awards Alliance, EAL, CITB for gas training and assessment and NICEI and BPEC for Renewable Technologies. We are amongst the few training providers who can offer you progression and if qualifications are your choice – take you from novice to expert.
Staff & Facilities
All of our Instructors are time served and construction specific qualified but each tutor has also achieved the required teaching and assessing awards. All of our Instructors work full time at Able Skills and only deliver the courses which they are qualified to do. We are very proud of the staff employed at Able Skills; please visit our staff page to see potentially who your instructor may be. Having full time dedicated staff allows us to run all of our courses all of the time in dedicated training areas. We do not share work areas with other trades for example: you will not be falling over a Bricklayer whilst undertaking your Plumbing training and so on.
All of the training available varies in price; we are not the cheapest but we are not the most expensive. We do believe in providing a value for money service and we have no hidden costs, no extras to pay and all of our costs include VAT. We do believe that everyone should have access to training which is why we offer the most reasonable payment plans. Even if these are not within your financial range, we can provide you with details of available adult funding options.
We are open 7 days every week including Bank Holidays (Exc Christmas) and we welcome visitors to our Centre at anytime. We do not require you to make an appointment; please feel free to turn up to look at what we do, meet our staff and chat with existing students. From a location point of view we are well situated for road, rail and bus links and if you consider that we are worth the journey, we have our own accommodation which is local to the Training Centre and complete with all amenities.
We do not hard sell, cold call or visit your home – We do not employ a Sales Team!
We do however believe in honesty and will not attempt to recruit you under false pretences.
When you call or visit with an enquiry, we will always make it clear as to what you can expect from the training you are seeking and also provide you with details of what your options are should you choose to take your training to the next level.
We have flexible training programmes to fit in with just about every possible working scenario, flexible payment plans to try to suit everyone’s financial circumstances, large subject specific Training Centres and as previously stated, qualified, full time, dedicated staff.
We take pride in everything we do from our non accredited training courses right through to qualification based courses. We are aware that not everyone is seeking a qualification but we continue to ensure that even these programmes are taught by qualified instructors so you are assured that you are treated with the same dedication as those training for qualifications.
If qualifications are your aim, Able Skills has the relevant approvals in place to progress you. We can offer qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3 and as an NVQ assessment centre we fully understand the processes in place to obtain an NVQ. Some training centres will lead you to believe that an NVQ can be achieved within a training environment or without underpinning knowledge, this is not the case. For the correct guidance on achieving an NVQ, please visit the relevant pages within this site.
If we can’t offer you what you want, we will tell you and try and redirect you to the best of our ability. We can guide you in the right direction once we know what you are looking to achieve, your options vary dependent upon what trade you are interested in, whether you are considering employment or self employment and what kind of time you have available to you. We know the construction industry well and consistently remain up to date with changes and practices to ensure the highest level of training is available at Able Skills.
We hope that this has helped you choose the right Training Centre for YOU
Tiling in our dedicated Tiling Centre:
We can offer short courses, specially designed professional packages suited to employment or self employment and Assessment for NVQs.
Plastering in our dedicated Plastering Centre:
We can offer short courses, specially designed professional packages, hands on City & Guilds courses and NVQ Assessment.
Carpentry & Joinery in our dedicated Carpentry Centre:
We can offer short courses, hands on City & Guilds qualifications and NVQ assessment. Kitchen Fitting is also available as an added skill.
Bricklaying in our dedicated Bricklaying Centre:
We can offer short courses, hands on City & Guilds qualifications and NVQ assessment. We also offer paving courses.
Painting & Decorating in our dedicated Painting Centre:
We can offer short courses, hands on City & Guilds qualifications and NVQ assessment. Wall Papering courses are also available as an added skill.
Plumbing in our dedicated Plumbing Centres:
A much more technical subject!
We offer short courses in plumbing which are entirely hands on and will provide you with enough skills to undertake small domestic plumbing tasks. If you are looking for a plumbing qualification to secure a career in plumbing, we offer level 2 qualifications and everything that goes with them. We offer training for unvented hot water systems, water regulations, solar training and energy efficiency and if you want to take this career to the next level, we also offer plumbing at level 3.
Gas in our dedicated Gas Centres:
We offer New Entrant training and Assessment as well as Re-Assessment for those of you already in the industry. We also over changeover from Domestic Gas to Commercial Gas as well as reassessment for existing Commercial Gas Engineers. We can also train and assess for LPG.
Electrical in our dedicated Electrical Centres:
This is the subject we consider we excel in as we are the only private training facility in the UK who can take you all the way to becoming a fully qualified Electrician.
Exclusively, we offer the City & Guilds 2330 at levels 2 and 3 as well as C&G 2382/2391/2392/2377/2372. We are also approved for City & Guilds 2356, NVQ level 3 and can assess you on site.
If you cannot commit to such a programme of training but still hold an interest in undertaking a career within the electrical industry, we offer qualifications for the purposes of becoming Part P registered Domestic Installers.
Renewable Technologies in our dedicated Renewables Centres:
This is the future for the UK - renewable energy and renewable technology. We can provide training and assessment for Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps, Rainwater and Grey-water Harvesting, Under-floor heating, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic and Biomass
Our training patterns are amongst the most flexible available. We can provide weekend training, separated blocks of training and the flexibility to spread the training over a period of several months and in some cases, years.
Our office staff will deal with any enquiry you have and if you choose Able Skills then you will have made a great choice. If Able Skills does not deliver the kind of training you require, we wish you the very best in tracking down the training provider who does.