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Isle of Skye to Dartford for Chris & our Bricklaying Courses!

bricklaying courses Just some of the work Chris completed on our Bricklaying Courses.

Today we sit down with Chris West, who has just finished an 8-week City & Guilds NVQ Bricklaying course to find out why at this stage in his career he’s decided to retrain and how he found his time on our Bricklaying Courses.

“Ever since I was a child, I had always wanted to be a Bricklayer, but it never really materialised, and I ended up getting a job in Television working behind the scenes with the BBC and then later on Sky. Whilst working in TV, I met my wife who was a book binder and I have been working with her in that industry for the last few years.

When the recession hit in 2008 I started to think about retraining and getting a trade under my belt and then with Brexit happening I decided that this was the right time to gain a qualification so I had something to fall back on and gain some skills that would be transferable. Being located in the Isle of Skye I was ideally looking for a course in Scotland but could not find the right course for me, either they were multi trade based or they would be over a period of a year or two and I wanted something more intensive. After some research online I found Able Skills and the detail on the website was very comprehensive. John & Julian were fantastic teachers, each with their own style and approach, there was a pleasant atmosphere within the centre.

Another positive was the fact I could also stay in your accommodation which is well priced also made the course a viable option. As you can appreciate It was quite a big gamble coming all that way for a course, but I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it even at times when it was challenging, I would recommend it to anybody looking at retraining as a bricklayer.”

You could be just like Chris and train with us to completely change your career. For more information on all our Bricklaying Courses, call 0808 100 3245.

Don’t forget we are open as usual over the Easter Weekend, so come and down and visit us!