Case study– course delegate

How Seta has helped Chris Woods launch a new business...

Chris Woods, Electrician And Former Seta Course Delegate

Chris Woods launched electrical business CW Electrics in 2015, after successfully completing a range of courses at Seta. 

A sole trader, Chris carries out electrical work for both domestic and commercial clients across the North East. He also undertakes work as a subcontractor for both an insurance company and a business with domestic and commercial customers in the region.

Chris decided to pursue his interest in becoming an electrician after losing his job in the retail sector, where he had worked for many years – and was supported by Department of Work and Pensions funding accessed through his local JobCentre Plus, which paid for him to undertake a range of electrical engineering courses at Seta.

In summer 2015, he successfully completed Seta’s Level 3 Award in the Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations course, 17th Edition IET Wiring Regulations course and a Certificate in the Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings course – all of which were accredited by City & Guilds. Following this, he undertook a Combined City & Guilds Electrical Inspection and Testing course at Seta.

Chris Woods, founder of CW Electrics

“Without Seta I would never have been able to do what I am doing now – and do a job that I enjoy. I’ve always wanted to work for myself.

“The staff at Seta were very flexible and accommodating, and I didn’t feel that I was ‘thrown in at the deep end’ during the training. They were very helpful and Dave Hall, my training instructor, has an encyclopaedic knowledge and a huge amount of industry experience. 

“In the workshops, we worked with both brand new equipment, which was up to current standards, and also older equipment: this gave me valuable practical experience. In ‘real life scenarios’, customers may not have the most up-to-date electrical equipment, so training with Seta has helped me to overcome the challenges this poses.

“Seta also helped me to choose the courses which are directly relevant to my business and recommended courses which would create a smoother learning path and make it easier to progress. And each course I’ve undertaken has helped me to broaden the range of services I can offer my customers.”


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