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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.

Previously Army Officer

Richard Pollard

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, 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.”

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!

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15:43 07 Jul 24
Stop thinking about doing the course and get it done.I was a hgv driver for over 15 years no experience in plumbing and gas and was threatening to do the course for a while just wish I had done it sooner.Please don't think u can just attend and pass coz u can't. If u put the work in and study u can pass and succeed. There was times on the course I was thinking how am I going to pass this and wish I hadn't of started it. But after the placement and studying it all sinks in trust. My tutor Chris is a top guy helped with anything I don't understand. Placement was very good I got took on straight away after passing my acs. It took me all in 6 months so it can be done. So it's been just over a year now that I've been employed, the company I work for have paid me to do cookes/fires/Lpg all qualified now. Also I have been doing some jobs of my own aswell. Get it done 5 STAR 100%
Michael GreenwoodMichael Greenwood
11:03 26 Jun 24
I left the Royal Marines after 15 years, having only ever known one employment. The gulf between careers seemed massive.Brook house bridged that gap perfectly. The staff all have a genuine investment in your success.The training and facilities are excellent and leave you well prepared for what you will encounter on site.The work placement was brilliant and selected with care to put you in a strong position to complete your portfolio and ACS.Upon completion Brook house provided advice and support to help me find employment…. 3 days later I was employed.I can’t thank the team enough…well worth it !!
Daniel CroftDaniel Croft
18:57 23 May 24
Can't fault this place at all. It was a great place to learn, the tutors were very knowledgeable and patient. It is a fast paced course especially if you have no previous plumbing/gas experience, but if you take their advice to revise and read the books provided it makes it a lot easier to take it all in.My placement was a bit up and down. My placement was cancelled at the last minute but BTC had set me up with another but this could only be for a month. During that month BTC had kept on it and arranged a permanent placement who I am now fully employed with. Cheers Tim. When on placement I needed to get in contact with my tutor for a couple of questions. He was easy to get hold of and was happy to help. Cheers John.All in all I am very happy that I chose Brookhouse and would recommend to anyone.Thank you all at BTC
Ben AndrewBen Andrew
11:41 18 May 24
Best decision I've made with my life.I qualified in around 7 months and got a job with British Gas immediately after passing. The instructors were great, really knew their stuff.Portfolio jobs were marked off by staff usually within a week. Guaranteed placement was good but there were a few issues such as not doing enough gas jobs but it was sorted by brookhouse.£7,000, leaving a job and 6 months unpaid training is a big decision to make. It paid off massively for me. I've now got a career I love, a large payrise and a job I enjoy.A few tips-Study hard, it's a fast paced course.-Have a plan of what you want too do after, I'd recommend employment after. 6 months isn't enough to go self employed I feel.-worth getting accommodation so you can focus on course.
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