Re-training for better employment opportunties????

#1
I'm thinking of re-training to give myself better options for the future . Currently I'm a LGV driver earning approx 32k. What qualifications/trade would you recommend that would bring in a decent salary (over 40k) for new entrants. I'm happy to consider offshore/overseas/sub-contracting etc. Any ideas????
 
#2
gay phone line sex?

on a serious note, I think you would struggle to start anything new off on 40K+ tbh, unless you are looking at doing some serious studying over 2-3yrs.

not much help I know
 
#3
I looked at the mining industry in Oz last year just out of interest, and there are certainly many openings and they are well paid.

However, they are mostly in the middle of nowhere and getting emigration to Oz is a bit of a ball ache if you are getting on (45yrs +)
 
#4
I'm thinking of re-training to give myself better options for the future . Currently I'm a LGV driver earning approx 32k. What qualifications/trade would you recommend that would bring in a decent salary (over 40k) for new entrants. I'm happy to consider offshore/overseas/sub-contracting etc. Any ideas????

If your on 32k I would stick where you are at the mo - re-training depends on many factors - age - skills already acquired - future job security. I have been a subbi in the telecoms world and its good when there is work, there are alot of ups un downs though. MHO you have to look at later in life when you are in your fiftys and whats going to be around - no one has that skill. However there will always be a need for drivers and Health & Safety - there will always be building projects and a need for H&S
even in your sixties and you will always be working (No Lifting - running - long manual arduous work) Depending how qualified a person gets and how good they are - Good H&S people can command good dosh.

Personally H&S people are a pain in the arrse - but they do help save lives. Google - and see what they are earning today - it may give you some ideas. Thats just my opinion.
 
#5
You could spend 3 years getting a degree and start on anywhere between nothing (my wife had to do 2 years of volunteering before first paid job in her degree area) to maybe £25k (decent engineering grad level)....probably not worth it.

You could try and enhance what you have - get full HGV, get hazardous goods transport licence, crane licence - all linked to your current 'trade' but should give you an enchancement in pay.

Just a thought.

S_R
 
#6
Stay in your job and have a go at a part-time course maybe? I don't know what's out there in your industry but maybe a qual in Supply Chain Management may allow you to get promoted.
 
#7
I'm an FY2 doctor, I can only dream of 30k a year and you earn more than that for pulling a wheel one way or the other and navigating yourself safely off the M25. Either you are in the wrong job or I should put on 10stone, stop shaving, live on a diet of burgers and chips and rape tourists at TravelLodges.
Except you will be earning much more than that in a few years time, and had your tuition fees paid for you after year 3. I'm completely out of sympathy I'm afraid.
 

jarrod248

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#8
Not sure how you work out tuition fees paid, I've paid my own way and racked up 20k of debt in the process. And not everyone wants to be a GP on 100k+. In my interest area, average pay after 20 years is 50k, hardly a fortune. Sorry mate however when I hear truckies whinging that they're not paid enough at 30k+, it does slightly get my gander up. What exactly is a truckie worth? And lets not open the dabate on fuel tanker drivers and their 'danger money'.
Was he whining about his salary? No so shut it and shuffle off you dick.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#9
Jarrod, by definition, stating that you are on 32k and that you want more is, well, by definiton, whining.
Where did he whine? Do you think there is something wrong that someone wants to earn more money to provide for his familly? I don't I think he's doing well asking for help and advice. You're neither helpful or providing advice, shut it. You're not really wanted here or liked, go away.
 
#11
I have an LGV licence, did the job for 6 years, hated every second of it! I've been unemployed for six months, trying to get funds to set up a wood recycling business, however, I would NEVER, thats NEVER, go back on the waggons! Its a hard shitty job that everyone, who doesnt do it, thinks is a piece of piss! If you really want to earn 40k+ a year, retrain as a crane operator and go on the rigs, or get an IOSH/NEBOSH qualification and go in to H&S, alternativly, look at what the businesses in Afgahn want and train for that, $6-8,000 a month, tax free those guys are on.
 
#12
I'm thinking of re-training to give myself better options for the future . Currently I'm a LGV driver earning approx 32k. What qualifications/trade would you recommend that would bring in a decent salary (over 40k) for new entrants. I'm happy to consider offshore/overseas/sub-contracting etc. Any ideas????

Train drivers are shockingly overpaid. Once trained you can earn top wedge for sitting about on your arse all day. Pretty much as you do, but without the jams, CLODS & wanky BMW drivers cutting you up :)

Trainee Train Driver - Pay And Conditions For UK Train Drivers

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[TD="width: 238"]Arriva Cross Country
[/TD]
[TD="width: 106"]£44,388.00
[/TD]
[TD="width: 342"]35 hour, 4 day week.
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Arriva Trains Wales
[/TD]
[TD]£33,808.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hour, 4 day week.
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]C2C
[/TD]
[TD]£37,235.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours over week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Chiltern
[/TD]
[TD]£40,465.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DRS
[/TD]
[TD]£41,970.11
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]DB Shenker
[/TD]
[TD]£38,440.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]East Midlands Trains
[/TD]
[TD]£36,461.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Eurostar
[/TD]
[TD]£47,707.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]First Capital Connect
[/TD]
[TD]£38,000.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]First Great Western
[/TD]
[TD]£39,760.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]First Scot Rail
[/TD]
[TD]£34,620.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Freightliner
[/TD]
[TD]£35,175.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Freightliner Heavy Haul
[/TD]
[TD]£42,545,00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Gatwick Express
[/TD]
[TD]£34,441.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, average 4.3 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]GB Railfreight
[/TD]
[TD]£43,300.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Heathrow Express
[/TD]
[TD]£33,961.00
[/TD]
[TD]38 hour week, 5 days
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Hull Trains
[/TD]
[TD]£40,978.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]London Overground
[/TD]
[TD]£40,000
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, average 4.25 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Island Line
[/TD]
[TD]£33,070.00
[/TD]
[TD]39 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]London Midland
[/TD]
[TD]£35,059.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]London Underground
[/TD]
[TD]£40,111.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Merseyrail
[/TD]
[TD]£33,000.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Nexus
[/TD]
[TD]£30,534.00
[/TD]
[TD]36 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Northern Rail
[/TD]
[TD]£35,426.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4.5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]National Express East Coast
[/TD]
[TD]£46,228.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, over average 4.33 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]National Express East Anglia
[/TD]
[TD]£35,321.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Serco Rail Operations
[/TD]
[TD]£38,633.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]South Eastern
[/TD]
[TD]£39,350.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, average 4.5 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Southern
[/TD]
[TD]£37,545.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]South West Trains
[/TD]
[TD]£40,053.00
[/TD]
[TD]37 hours, 4.4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Transpennine Express
[/TD]
[TD]£37,408.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Tubelines
[/TD]
[TD]£41,324.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, average of 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Virgin West Coast
[/TD]
[TD]£44,431.00
[/TD]
[TD]35 hours, 4 day week
[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
 
#13
Holy crap! 4 day weeks! Bargain, where do I sign?

Hang on.............. I remember a certain recruiting Sgt. saying much the same to me twenty years ago!
 

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