Unlike professions like being a doctor, vet or dentist, there is a much less clear path to becoming specifically a sash windows tradesman.
Obviously, the whole thing is going to have to revolve around you being able to work with wood. So mostly you will need to follow in the footsteps of anyone that professes to want to be a carpenter or joiner.
The material you will use most is wood so therefore being an expert joiner or carpenter is going to set you in good stead for any sash windows venture. This goes for if you want to start your own sash windows firm or if you want to work for someone else. Feel free to contact our expert sash windows in Bath firm if you are unsure about what to do. This article should act as a good initial guide though. Give it a read then reach out to us.
Anyway is an absolute must for everyone (be that fortunately or unfortunately). There is no getting out of school without repercussions. As a result, you should make this time count for what you want to achieve in this life.
You have a long amount of one after you finish school so you can use this time to get yourself ready for those years. Again, there isn’t a choice in being there so make it worthwhile.
First in serious schooling and an opportunity to fine tune your sash windows skills is during your GCSE’s. You have the chance to finally work with wood and metal projects.
We would recommend getting on a resistant materials type course as soon as you can. This should give you your first experiences dealing with wood, metal and possibly some other materials too. You will complete projects from start to finish and gain an understanding for the industry. This is invaluable if you seriously want to be a tradesman.
Our tips for school, especially if the non-academic type would be to just show up to anything you don’t really like and focus on the things you do like. If people call you stupid because you aren’t good at maths or English, it doesn’t matter. They’re stupid because they aren’t good at resistant materials (or equivalent subject).
Some people from my school even managed to drop certain classes (let’s say, geography) in place of doing more technology style classes. You can try this but it will probably only work in your last couple of years at school.
Another alternative to building your skills up is to join any extra curricular classes, like after school technology classes. If you really want to be a sash windows tradesman, it’s worth doing everything in your power to hone your skills and be ready for the grown up world.
This school got an overhaul with rose sash windows – imagine if that was you. You could have seen the process as it was happening each day you were at school. You could introduce yourself, approach the tradesman and ask them questions. Perhaps even offer to do a bit of work for them after school.
Here’s an idea. Find any old, beaten up sash windows at your school and point them out to your head teacher or someone who might do something about it. You could do a little writeup about what is wrong with them and what needs to be done about them. If your teachers have anything about them they will commend your forward thinking. Always be willing to think outside the box and make things happen for yourself. Especially in a place like school where most things are simply going to be prescribed and fed to you.
Focus on passing your GCSE’s and doing well in your technology class. This will get you into most colleges to pursue carpentry or joinery (we doubt there will be a sash course or any kind, there are simply so many areas of joinery that colleges can’t make a course per each item of joinery!).
So take the best looking woodworking class you can see.
College is where you will really skill up and develop your trade. While at school you had several other plates to spin – now you just have woodwork to focus on.
Part of our course might be to do a placement or internship. This is where you can apply to all of the local sash windows specialists to be their intern. If you really can’t get a sash windows company, go for some sort of carpentry and or joinery firm. Any kind of work work is going to help you in your pursuit of this career.
College is also the place that you can build your network for the future. Many don’t do this part so this is where you can get ahead.
College is a place full of tradesman to be. If you want to run your own sash windows firm after education, you might just need that network. Let’s say you’re working as a sash windows tradesman for a few years. Great.
Now you want to branch out into other home contracting service. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew a load of trusty, reliable tradesman for several years that you could call on to help you out?!
This doesn’t have to be hard either. All you need to do is to be on a first name and conversational basis with as many people as possible. Be social. Add people to your social network. They’ll remember you as that guy from college and will trust you if you ever need their services in the future. Then you can get their service and learn from them too. Then you can adopt their service into your offerings.
Is university really necessary for the sash tradesman? Not really. But many people still want to go for the experience, which we understand. We went!
So, we have some tips on university.
Firstly, you are not going to want to do this with no money. University is meant to be a fun experience. You need money for experiences. Don’t be like us and end up lying in bed, in your overdraft, wondering why you hadn’t already started working!
What can you do to combat being broke at university? Well, you could take a gal year, pick up experience, get money and decide if university is really for you. We didn’t do that but it could have been an option to pursue.
If you really are set on moving out of your parents’ house right now, you could try and get an apprenticeship or part time position at a carpenter’s, joiner’s or sash tradesman’s firm.
This would give you both money and experience as you go through money. Or isn’t worth it to be totally broke during uni. Not fun at all – we wouldn’t recommend it!
In terms of courses at Uni, you could do business, product design, some sort of practical woodworking type course and so on. There are loads of options and you need to think about your future as much as possible before making the decision.