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Cut-price course at Newark College is perfect for would-be bright sparks




A hands-on course starting at Newark College next week is offering people the chance to train in a skill that could become a springboard to a new career ­— or simply very useful around the home.

What’s more, the electrical course is being offered at a reduced price to help people out in what is a financially difficult time for many.

Newark College is running a course for older people to re-train as electricians. Molly Winter and Dave Inger. (41265267)
Newark College is running a course for older people to re-train as electricians. Molly Winter and Dave Inger. (41265267)

The one-year course, which will run for two evenings a week, starting next Wednesday, costs £1,500, a cut of 25% from the usual £2,000 fee. It can be paid in instalments.

The course leads to a Level 2 diploma in electrical installations.

Course tutor Dave Inger said the qualification was also the ideal stepping-stone to further study in the subject.

Technician Molly Winter, who will be helping deliver the course, is among those who have benefited from it in the past.

She completed the course six years ago, in preparation for a move from the care sector.

“I was quite practical and it was something I had always been interested in,” she said. “Also, I could do it in the evenings, and pay in instalments, which was ideal.”

She said everyone had been really friendly and welcoming.

The course is suitable for almost anyone, but particularly those thinking of a career change.

Previous male and female students have included a postman, carer, footballer and café worker.

Dave said women made good electricians, but were under-represented in the electrical industry.

Molly said the course was a practical choice for people worried about their job in light of uncertainty brought about by coronavirus.

Dave said: “People will always need electricians. It’s a future-proof career, but it’s also useful if you just want to fix things in your own home.”



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