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  1. Switching

    Switching New to TilersForums.co.uk

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    Hi guys.
    I'm the new guy.

    I'm on here to help me gain more insight into becoming a tiler. Bit of background, spent a fair bit of my life in the Forces. Now I'm out and doing a management position in a customer service role. And its a good job but it's sucking my soul from my body, slowly but surely.
    Always been a hands on type of lad and I am seeking a trade. Unfortunately I am in my thirties now and nobody hires apprentices at this age. That and I have a mortgage to pay.

    So, I am considering doing a basic tiling course, then becoming a tiler as a 'side hustle' til I establish myself. Is this a worthy endeavour? I am a hard worker (especially when it's paying for my dinner) but are these types of week long intensive courses worth it? Do they make you competent?

    Also, can anyone recommend me a course, ideally in Scotland. Be it a weekend long or weekends, not too bothered.

    Thanks for having me
     
  2. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Hello and welcome to tilersforums :)
    A few of the guys who know more about tiling courses will be along soon I'm sure to steer you in the right direction.
     
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  3. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum and good luck
     
  4. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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    Lancashire
    Hi. I started when i was 31. I was in a senior sales role and earned decent money with the usual mortgage and kids etc. It was a tough first few years, learning as i earned, but i love what i do now. Great satisfaction and i still can pay that same mortgage. Perhaps more important, i get to spend more time with my family now too.
    I didn't go on any formal courses, other than BAL 1 and 2 day courses. They were brilliant. Don't overlook the training from the likes of BAL and Schluter, aswell as the paid-for courses!
     
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  5. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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  6. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Well I didn't know that Mark!

    Do you see how I cherry picked the shortest course to quote you on! :D;)
     
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    Thanks man. I am surprised that you for by with just a couple of days training!
    What is BAL?
     
  8. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Ah right, I take it they train you for a narrower field. I would be looking for a more generalised course, maybe with some stonework thrown in.
    Thanks for the reply.
     
  10. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Yeah look at the first link I posted to uk pro tiling,
    that'll be more of what you're looking for possibly.
     
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  11. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    I at age 31 I was already in decline.
    I am now in a phase scrapping. ahaah
    I think it was wrong, the departure.

    good luck and welcome
     
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  12. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    Hertfordshire
    Hi and welcome....
     
  13. MissTiler

    MissTiler TTA Tile Fixer of the year winner 2017 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member JOTM Winner

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    Some training centres do the resettlement training for ex Forces.
    Do at least a 4 week full time course to get the basics.
     
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