Gillian Martin: Pioneering entrepreneurship in Scottish construction - empowering tradespeople beyond training

Gillian Martin: Pioneering entrepreneurship in Scottish construction - empowering tradespeople beyond training

Co-owner Gillian Martin reveals how the Trades Training School’s approach empowers construction students towards a more entrepreneurial future.

Transitioning from one career to another can feel like navigating uncharted waters, particularly for those with years of experience in a different field. However, the story of one of our earliest students at Trades Training School stands as a testament to the transformative potential of retraining within the Scottish construction industry. Beyond the acquisition of new skills, our programs facilitate a journey towards entrepreneurship, mentorship, and industry leadership.

Our mission extends far beyond merely offering courses in tiling, plumbing, and plastering. It’s about unlocking the entrepreneurial spirit within each individual, fostering a culture of innovation and growth. Consider the case of a former area manager who made the bold decision to transition into the world of tiling. Upon completing our Wall & Floor Tiling course, he not only mastered essential skills but also received ongoing support to establish a thriving business.

However, his journey didn’t conclude with the completion of a course; it marked the beginning of a successful entrepreneurial venture. Today, as the proprietor of a flourishing tiling enterprise, he undertakes diverse projects spanning domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors across the UK. Beyond his business endeavours, he has embraced the role of mentorship, guiding new students and imparting invaluable insights within our supportive community.

At Trades Training School, we take pride in offering tailored solutions that transcend traditional training paradigms. Our commitment to flexibility lies at the heart of our educational philosophy, enabling individuals to chart their entrepreneurial paths at their own pace. Whether through intensive courses or a gradual accumulation of practical experience, we ensure that there’s a pathway for every aspiring entrepreneur.

The tangible impact of our hands-on, practical courses is evident in the workplace, igniting enthusiasm and fostering a culture of excellence. Our curriculum is meticulously designed to address real-world challenges, positioning our students as agents of positive change within the industry.

Behind our success stories are instructors who command respect within the industry, boasting practical expertise and a deep understanding of on-the-job challenges. These mentors go beyond the conventional confines of education, providing personalised guidance to nurture each student’s potential.

In our small class settings, we prioritise diverse learning styles, ensuring that every individual receives the attention they need to succeed. Moreover, our nationwide reach opens doors to a plethora of opportunities beyond the classroom, solidifying our position as a leading force within the UK construction landscape.

Our commitment to flexibility extends beyond the training room. Through our comprehensive after-course support, we equip our students with the practical knowledge required to navigate the intricacies of running a business, from pricing strategies to effective quoting practices. Additionally, our support groups serve as invaluable platforms for students to seek advice and share experiences, empowering them to build their businesses at their own pace.

Over the past 16 years, we have helped to launch over 1,000 businesses, each with its unique success story. Our flexible approach, combined with industry-specific training and unwavering support, forms the bedrock of success in the competitive world of construction. So, don’t merely adapt to industry changes—embrace them and lead the charge towards a brighter, more entrepreneurial future in Scottish construction.

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