Early class 1

#1
Apart from putting in a good performance on your class 2 course is there anyway of being offered a chance of going back to Chatham to do your class 1 early?

I've read it's only after 2 or 3 years at your unit or even 18 months on some occasions but how is that decided? If somebody goes straight to a field regiment and doesn't touch their trade what dictates the amount of time they have to wait to be upskilled?

My trade is Draughtsman E&M.
 
#2
You get loaded on your Class One trade by Glasgow. I have only known 1 person get on their Class 1 early in 14 years. As for how much you've done your trade, it doesn't really matter.
 
#3
the majority of lads i knew done their class 1 because it was a pay rise & not because they enjoyed/liked their trade, personally i waited just under 2 years for mine.
 
#4
We had a split on my class one, half of us had waited best part of 3 years and the other half had waited 18 months to 2 years. You could tell the difference in the split because those of us who had been in longer had done a lot more operating. Personnally I got bugger all out of my class one because I was already a B1 knocker so didn't get a pay rise and there were no civvy quals awarded other than categories on your CITB card (which is now obselete.
 
#5
Thanks to everyone for replying. My motive is purely for the fact I want to progress as fast as possible and I'm eager to learn. I'm looking for a full career in the RE, not just doing the minimum and then running. I wasn't sure it even came with a pay rise.

I've had to opt for the E&M trade over Design Draughtsman and the civilian quals earned at class 1 look poor compared to the HNC a DD gets so I'm looking to get to a point where I could do a distance learning course which would require a trade posting which I would hope to get once class 1 trained. If Glasgow are involved I'm guessing it's just the luck of the draw from the reputation they have on here.

On a sidenote, if a class 1 E&M re-traded to DD after the trade restriction had passed would he have to start again on a class 2 or could he take some sort of tick test and go straight on the class 1 DD course? Or do the similarities between the two render re-trading a complete waste of time (and money)?
 
#6
The likelihood of being able to re-trade once you've become a Class Two tradesmen are pretty bloody slim to put it mildly unless you want to go to a pinch point which DD is not. You don't neccessarily need a trade post to Chilwell, if you get posted to a regiment just put to go to the construction supervision cell.
 
#7
The likelihood of being able to re-trade once you've become a Class Two tradesmen are pretty bloody slim to put it mildly unless you want to go to a pinch point which DD is not. You don't neccessarily need a trade post to Chilwell, if you get posted to a regiment just put to go to the construction supervision cell.
Sorry, what I mean was the possibility of re-trading once having already become a class 1 E&M to a class 1 DD, so that's once the initial 4 years minimum service is up and any trade restriction once passing a class 1 course has passed. I certainly wouldn't expect to be able to re-trade as a class 2 and I understand what I've signed on for is set in stone.
 
#8
Still no chance. Even re-trading to another trade within the Corps is hard enough whilst you are at 3 RSME and haven't even started your Class 2 trade so doing it once you are trained is nigh on impossible (unless you are going to a pinch point trade).
 

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