Being an Electrician in Leeds
Being an Electrician in Leeds is great. It’s different. It’s highly competitive (hmmm, that’s open to debate).
But being an Electrician in Leeds is VERY different to where I used to cover.
You see, before moving to Leeds in 2011, I was an Electrician in a small North East Industrial town of Newton Aycliffe. I was born in Darlington, raised in Spennymoor, and even when living in Spennymoor, worked as an Electrician (my Apprenticeship was in the car industry) since 1988.
Then when I moved to Newton Aycliffe. That was before I eventually started up my own company (after working for several other Industrial and Manufacturing companies over the years). In 2007 I started S Barker Electrical Ltd. Armed with my little Citroen Berlingo van. I very soon outgrew this. Parts and tools piled up on the passenger seat!
So why is being an Electrician in Leeds different to back up in Newton Aycliffe?
Firstly the “competition”. It was a scary prospect in theory. Coming from being the best of 6 Electricians in Newton Aycliffe. Then realising that (according to the Electrical Competent Persons Register) there are 273 registered trades in Leeds!! Although many of these can be discounted. Some are partially accredited (rather than fully). This might include Kitchen fitters, Builders, etc. The partially qualified trades are allowed to do smaller tasks. But they cannot do rewires etc.
Secondly, wow … all of a sudden I was no longer at my job (worst case traffic) in 10 or 15 minutes! Oh no!! Being an Electrician in Leeds means longer travel (Is it called travel when waiting in queues?). Lights, Junctions, busy ringroads, roundabouts, accidents, bikes, buses and taxi’s fighting, motorway maintenance! Suddenly the travel time has SHOT up. But this was something I had to get used to quickly. A change of mindset was needed fast.
Thirdly, there’s friendliness. Nothing prepared me for the level of friendliness of the people of Leeds. That was the best discovery. I am not saying that Newton Aycliffe folk are unfriendly, but Leeds takes some beating for consistency.
So do I just love being an Electrician in Leeds?