Qualifications

#1
Hi

I just wondered if someone could give me a little insight please, firstly I will fill you in on the background, I am currently working for a construction firm as a trainee quantity surveyor, I am currently just starting the second year of my HNC Building Studies.

Ok, now that’s me and what I’m doing at the moment, however I decided to join as I do not like working in an office and have had a genuine interest in joining up since I left school (I am now 21) I am looking to join the Royal Engineers as an Electrician however I need C grades in English, science and match. I did get C's in science and maths but not in English (which has actually got allot better since my GCSE’s)

When I spoke to the recruitment officer he said that they could shade that considering I did finish my HNC as it proves that I am literate, but here's the difficult but, I have just today been told that I am getting made redundant and they will not be putting me through my second year HNC so I was wondering if they may shade the D grade in English still considering I have a level 2 NVQ in painting and decorating (acquired through an apprenticeship) and a B-TEC in Building Studies (which was required once I had done my apprenticeship to start the HNC)

I know I should go to my career office but it isn't open at the weekends and would like to have an idea ASAP, any feedback would be useful, thank you.

Chris
 
#2
I wouldn't overly worry. You'll sit Army tests which if you reach the required level will mean your lack of formal school qualifications won't matter.
 
#4
sutton said:
I have done my BARB test and general litracy and nuumeracy I think I did ok on them. Just hope so. Thanks though.
If you achieved the required pass for your proposed trade then you will be fine.
 
#5
Ok thank you very much, just another quik question. When they look at your previouse convictions do they look at 1 court appearance as 1 conviction even though its two charges such as criminal damage and assault? because I have recently appeared in court for those charges (pleaded guilty as i was in the wrong) but the onli thing is I also have a previouse for carrying an offensive weapon. (which was a piece of 2 x 4!! as stupid as it sounds)
 
#6
im not sure its quite that straight forward. a mate of mine was a civvy qualified sparky, but without gcse passes in the required subjects at school. common sense would have suggested to at least allow him a crack at the assessment course, seen as he was a civvy sparky for a few years, but he was told to bore off in a slightly nicer way.

i believe the decision rests with the PSO's office.
 
#7
Entry as a Military Engineer (Electrician) into the Royal Engineers requires grade C or above in Maths , English Language and one other. However have your thought about entry as a Electrician into the Royal Signals , it only specifies one C grade in Maths and as stated above, you have already acheived that.

Hope this helps.

Syn :)
 
#8
yes thank you i have put royal signals down as my second option. whats the difference between the two though? do you still get a city & guilds qualification as in the engineers?
 
#9
Electrician in the Royal Signals is not a sparky, its mostly generator work to power comms kit. There are no quals like 16th edition etc.

If you want to be a sparky then go RE.
 
#10
RE - Electrician Quals said:
At this stage, you could get a City & Guilds Parts 1 & 2 Electrical Installations 36905 and City & Guilds requirements for Electrical Installation 2381.

Royal Signals - Electrician Quals said:
City & Guilds certificates for dedicated Electricians, including: Basic Engineering Competencies;Engineering Systems Maintenance (Parts 1 and 2); Management of Electrical Equipment Maintenance;Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment; and City & Guilds Level 3 in Electrical Installation.

Disco said:
If you want to be a sparky then go RE.
Disco's spot on. Wannabe sparkys is in RE - However what with you having a subtle difficulty with your one grade down , thought it might be the next best thing.

Hope This Helps

Syn :)
 

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