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What our students are saying

Some of our students have been kind enough to sit down and share more about their experiences training with us, and how it has created opportunities for them.

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Richard Pollard

Joel Richardson

Steven Crabtree

Jason Ball

Corporal Mark Thomas

Gary Heginbottom

Sean Hammerton

Craig Saunders

Kevin Guthrie

Lee Daniel

Kevin Worth

Richard Pollard

Brookhouse equip you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and then leave you alone to make that decision without any pressure at all.


The Problem

For the past eight years Richard had been self-employed working as a website design and IT consultant but with the recession work was progressively becoming harder to find. Richard decided that he needed to find a change of direction and after seeing a friend's boiler breakdown he soon realised that there was a good deal of opportunity in plumbing. As Richard began to research plumbing as an alternative career he quickly learned being a plumber is very different from being a gas engineer. There was a lot of misinformation out there and one thing I was not told was that plumbing courses would not enable me to become a gas engineer, which is what I ultimately decided to do. Through the Careers Advice Service I was told that Brookhouse Training Centre offer both types of training.

The Solution

When Richard was invited to Brookhouse to look round the training centre and meet the trainers he discovered the he would need a work placement and ACS accreditation to qualify as a registered gas engineer and as Richard says I am really glad I found that out when I did as I could potentially have wasted a lot of money being trained by another provider. Unless you have the work placement you cannot work in the gas industry and get your ACS. Brookhouse is on my doorstep but I would happily have travelled much further afield to do my training with them.

The Testimonial

My training has been brilliant and it has really hit home to me that this needs to be hands on and face to face. Everyone on my course agrees that the classroom and practical combination is the only way to successfully achieve our training - you cannot learn to solder pipes by watching a CD or reading a book!". Richard would recommend Brookhouse to others. They are open, honest and friendly. The guys gave me more information to make an informed decision, much more than anyone else did. Also, I never felt pressured into making a decision whereas some other training companies gave me the 'hard sell'. Brookhouse equip you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and then leave you alone to make that decision without any pressure at all.

Joel Richardson

I attended one of their Open Mornings and right from the start it was obvious Brookhouse was a professional organisation. It was the 'whole package' that sold them to me and I have no regrets.


The Problem

Joel Richardson was working as a plumber when he started to look at how he could up-skill in order to become a gas engineer.

The Solution

He found Brookhouse Training Centre on the internet and contacted them by phone. Joel was immediately impressed by what was offered at Brookhouse, especially the work placement opportunity.

The Testimonial

I attended one of their Open Mornings and right from the start it was obvious Brookhouse was a professional organisation. It was the 'whole package' that sold them to me and I have no regrets. The trainers are very good and they have a very professional way of teaching. They are enthusiastic and the way they put their teaching and experiences across is great. After his six week work placement Joel will undergo two more weeks of training and then be accredited as a gas engineer. "The work placement is definitely the best opportunity you have to prove your worth and hopefully be offered a job. From beginning to end Brookhouse are brilliant.

Steven Crabtree

There was no hard sell and no harassment, just some very genuine and approachable people. Brookhouse were also offering hands-on training which is what I was looking for, not distance learning with text books.


The Problem

Previously Steve Crabtree had a job as a forklift truck driver and with many relatives and friends with different careers he had thought a change of job would provide him with better prospects. Aged 33 from Manchester, Steve admits that retraining to become a gas engineer had been in the back of his mind for a few years. Initially he spent several months looking for opportunities but the real catalyst was actually being laid off from his forklift truck job and when this happened Steve began doing his research on the internet.

The Solution

He came across Brookhouse Training Centre and in addition to the guaranteed work placement there were several other aspects that appealed to him such as the open days. The career advice and accurate additional information given to Steve was paramount to his decision to do his training at Brookhouse.

The Testimonial

"There was no hard sell and no harassment, just some very genuine and approachable people. Brookhouse were also offering hands-on training which is what I was looking for, not distance learning with text books". As far as the actual training is concerned Steve says, "The trainers are great lads who really know their stuff. They all have real-life experience and pass this on to you during the training sessions. I have met some great people and it's now up to me to prove myself when I begin my work placement".

Jason Ball

I live 270 miles away from the training, I pay for my own accommodation and travel but it's worth every penny. I would recommend Brookhouse to anyone considering a change of career to become a gas engineer. They are honest people who manage your expectations.


The Problem

Jason Ball was only 25 and managing an insurance broking office when he was told that he was too old to begin training as a gas engineer! Not happy with his job he changed his career and went into banking. However, Jason never gave up thinking about retraining and achieving his ambition and in December 2009 he began researching how to become a gas engineer in earnest.

The Solution

Jason found Brookhouse Training Centre on the internet through a word of mouth recommendation and even though he lives in Portsmouth the guarantee of a work placement persuaded Jason to explore the opportunities with Brookhouse. As advised to do by Brookhouse, he spoke to other providers of gas engineering training and although some offered accommodation none of them offered work placements. This made Jason's decision a lot easier to travel north each week to complete his training. The day after Jason signed up for his training Brookhouse secured him a work placement with Carillion.

The Testimonial

"I live 270 miles away from the training, I pay for my own accommodation and travel but it's worth every penny. I would recommend Brookhouse to anyone considering a change of career to become a gas engineer. They are honest people who manage your expectations". Jason says, "There is a really good, nice relaxed atmosphere with professional trainers who all have their own experiences to share with you. Having no previous plumbing experience doing the foundation plumbing course before the gas training is paramount - this was something that I recognised from my initial research and Brookhouse were very supportive. You really do get what you pay for".

Corporal Mark Thomas

I’m now qualified and the work placement has turned into a great job with real prospects. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I get more time with my family and I’m learning every day and enjoying it all enormously. And since gas is unlikely to run out in the near future, I feel I have a career for life!


The Problem

Mark was in the army for 13 years and faced the prospect of another major tour. But with a young family at home he decided a career change was what he really wanted as spending more time close to home with his wife and children was his main priority. Looking for a career change Mark discussed his options with his Gas Engineer brother who advised exploring the possibility of becoming a gas engineer could be a good move. Speaking to other tradesmen Mark knew hands-on experience would be essential when looking for a job so he looked for an apprenticeship only to hit a brick wall.

The Solution

“I couldn’t find an apprenticeship anywhere and then I came across Brookhouse and the rest is history. The big attraction for me was the promise of a quality work placement that would give me that all-important work experience. “I knew nothing about gas engineering prior to starting the course but the tutors made the learning enjoyable and always gave the time needed to answer questions. They also stressed that the course gave the fundamental knowledge and skills needed – and that real-world learning would be our big chance to develop our craft. “They were absolutely right! Armed with the essentials, I felt able to make the best use of the fantastic work placement they arranged for me with Morrison Facilities Services and I worked really hard. I’m now qualified and the work placement has turned into a great job with real prospects. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I get more time with my family and I’m learning every day and enjoying it all enormously. And since gas is unlikely to run out in the near future, I feel I have a career for life!

Gary Heginbottom, Artisan Fireplaces Ltd

...health and safety is paramount in our business and the more thorough it is, the better. We know that this is something Brookhouse deliver on time and again. It is the quality of their trainers and the training itself that ensures only the best gas fitters are turned out.

Sean Hammerton

Gas Signals New Career For Ex Army Driver

I knew I wanted to leave the Army to become a gas engineer, but it took me two years to finally make that decision. I’m glad I did, I was offered a full-time position with my Work Placement Provider and now I’m really looking forward to my new future.

Sean enrolled on the New Entrant Multi-Skilled gas engineer Course and benefitted from a mentoring partnership between Brookhouse Training and Wiltshire based plumbing and heating company Ultra-Warm Ltd, where he undertook his The Work Placement is a means whereby trainee gas engineers complete a mandatory on-site programme to complete a portfolio of evidence - a mandatory requirement to become a qualified gas engineer. Sean is now a full-time employee at Ultra-Warm working throughout Wiltshire, Bath, and North Somerset delivering high quality servicing, maintenance and installations of both domestic and commercial heating and hot water systems.

I can’t fault the training at Brookhouse Training, it was excellent. The facilities are good and tutor Steve Rosher is one of the best trainers I’ve ever had. I learnt a lot and I have no doubt this is what secured my full-time job offer with Ultra-Warm Ltd.

Craig Saunders

Full-Time Job Secured For Trainee

My experience at Brookhouse Training has been very good, heavy on the work but nothing you wouldn’t expect from a quality training programme. My tutor, Steve Rosher, was extremely helpful and on my wavelength; all in all it’s been a very good experience that has secured me a full-time job.

Craig Saunders benefitted from a mentoring partnership between Brookhouse Training and Portsmouth based Hyde Housing Association where he undertook his guaranteed Work Placement. The Work Placement is a means whereby trainee gas engineers complete a mandatory on-site programme to complete a portfolio of evidence - a mandatory requirement to become a qualified gas engineer. As part of the Hyde Group’s commitment to improving their homes, Craig worked on the Association’s annual programme of home improvement installing new boilers.

David Dumaresq-Lucas, Director at Brookhouse Training says: We received very good feedback from Craig’s work experience line manager who reported how good he was technically but also with the soft customer service skills too. They fully supported Craig’s job application and thanks to Craig’s own tenacity he successfully secured the full-time position.

Kevin Guthrie

Sunny Future Down Under For Gas Trainee

I was looking for a trade and, having renovated a few homes, I knew gas was the trade I wanted to learn and become qualified in so eventually I could take my skills and build a life in Australia.

Kevin Guthrie spent nine years working as a graphic designer for one the UK’s largest retail catalogues whilst simultaneously serving his country as an active member of the Army Reserves. Redundancy hit which forced Kevin to re focus his priorities. After nine years in the same job and a tour to Afghanistan behind me, I knew I wanted more from life. I’ve always preferred practical work and I know a handful of people with trades focused careers, and I just thought, that’s for me, I’d enjoy that.

Kevin benefitted from a mentoring partnership between Brookhouse Training and the Halifax based gas and heating firm HPH Halifax, where he undertook his guaranteed Work Placement. The Work Placement is a means whereby trainee gas engineers complete a mandatory on-site programme to complete a portfolio of evidence - a mandatory requirement to become a qualified gas engineer. Although I found aspects of the course challenging, the guidance and course structure provided at Brookhouse was all geared towards supporting me. I felt supported within the Training Centre and whilst on my Work Placement. I’m looking forward to working within the gas industry and eventually starting a new life at the other side of world.

Lee Daniel

Redundancy Transports Candidate To New Career

I wanted to use my redundancy money to set me up with a new career. I searched all over the internet to find a gas training provider and, aside from Brookhouse Training, all seemed to be offering distance learning – that way of learning wasn’t for me as I wanted hands on, high intensity training.

When Lee Daniel was made redundant from his career in logistics he took the advice of his father who has retired from a long and successful career in the gas sector. It was a natural progression for me. Not only did the trade come highly recommended but so did Brookhouse Training. The guaranteed work experience was a great opportunity, I learnt so much, in and out of the classroom, and I’m grateful to the tutors and my mentors for getting me through the training.

Lee benefitted from a mentoring partnership between Brookhouse Training and the Shipley based gas and heating firm GHS, where he undertook his guaranteed Work Placement. The Work Placement is a means whereby trainee gas engineers complete a mandatory on-site programme to complete a portfolio of evidence - a mandatory requirement to become a qualified gas engineer. Knuckling down and reading the books, applying yourself in the classroom and embracing the practical work has given me a new future. I’m now qualified and looking forward to working within the industry.

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