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  1. emmaroo

    So who's the practical one?

    My o/h is the practical one in our household as I am very much led by my heart and if something feels right then ill go with it, where as Mark is soooo practical and if if all the i's are not dotted and t's crossed then it is too risky! This as you can imagine has caused many arguments where the move to Australia is concerned! Please tell me we are not the only ones!!!! :wacko:
  2. Guest

    Aug practical

    YO I'm at the very beginning of the process so I have nt pulled all my hair out yet ,or sold the house and had my visa revoked. But im doing my brickie practical on the 9th of Aug. So if there are any other newbies like us two who would like any advice about this early stage then feel free to drop us a line. Ditched global visas as well as we just cant afford it and surely it cant be hard to do it yourself ??(famous last words) And to everyone who is in the middle of the **** storm. Dont give up chaps. Laters.
  3. Guest

    Practical Day - Refrigeration

    My husband is in London doing his practical today. I know there are some people doing theirs tomorrow and the day after so here is the little bit of news (will be updated as I hear it) on what to expect I booked him into the Travel Lodge down the road due to it's closeness to the college. It took him about 10/15 minutes to get there this morning - even in peak hour traffic. Parking - security parking is available at the college. It is boom controlled and there is loads and free - although it is quite a walk to reception with your tool bags (parking in lecturers parking bays is still not allowed - even at half term :laugh:) Apparently the car park was busy this morning with a wide variety of Tradesmen all looking fairly nervous so ............... Now the phone is off (apparently they are really strict on that point) so hopefully he will phone at lunchtime and I'll give you more substantial information
  4. Hi My o/h took his practical a week ago in Preston. We have checked online, and nothing so far. Anyone in the same boat? Probably being impatient...maybe next week?
  5. Guest

    Vetassess Practical Result

    Have had the fab news today that my hubby passed his practical carpentry exam!! We are so happy, he took the practical last Friday so we have had such a quick result which is fantastic as he had a real tough day at the exam!!! We are hoping to go to South Australia and Carpenter is on the new SOL so now we are keeping our fingers crossed for the SMP list!!! We so hope he is on it!!! We are making the move with our best friends, and he also got a positive practical result in his diesel mechanic exam!!!! We r very very happy and can't wait to start our new lives!!! Just need to be on the SMP list now and for SA to open up the State Sponsorship applications!!!! Xx
  6. HI ALL, ITS NICK HERE, ON THE 25 MAY I WILL BE DOING THE GENERAL PLUMBER PRACTICAL AT ACCRINGTON FOR THE VETASSESS. I JUST WANT TO SAY GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE GOING THERE THAT DAY OR WEEK AND JUST REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE THERE AND WHAT FOR. THE END DREAM IS WORTH IT, ALSO SO IS THE THOUGHT OF A COLD ONE OR MORE AT THE END OF THE DAY. PASS OR FAIL WHEN PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT GOING TO OZ, YOU CAN TURN ROUND AND KNOW OR SAY THAT YOU TRIED AND WENT FOR IT INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING ABOUT IT. GOOD LUCK THE DAY AND SEE YOU IN THE PUB AFTERWARDS. NICK THE PLUMBER FROM A LONG WAY AWAY.:cute:
  7. Hi All Im new :winkxmas: This is my first post, but my wife practically lives here.I am a qualified maintenance electrician and will be doing my Vetassess practical at Blackburn college,Lancashire on the 17th Feb 2009.I would like to hear from other electricians who will be doing their practicals the same time from South Yorkshire.I am in Doncaster and would like to arrange a meet up at the local pub to get to know each other before the big day and brush up on our skills.I feel that we could help each other as we all have strengths and weaknesses in different areas. Interested? Regards Mylady's O/H
  8. markthespark

    electrician vetassess practical

    Evening all Just wondering if anyone else on here is doing the vetassess electrician practical assessment at Blackburn college on the 15th of March? Also if there's anyone who has recently taken this practical and could give me a few pointers as to what to expect there help would be appreciated. thanks in advance for any replies Mark
  9. Just wondered if there is anyone else who has been affected by the cancellation of the Vetassess practical in February in the UK? We now can't apply as we turn 45 at the end of May and wondered if there is anyone else in the same position? There must be another way this is completely unfair.
  10. My OH (Bricklayer) has done his practical test today in Accrington. He was finished by 3.30pm! He says it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be but is aching all over now! The assessors told him they would let him know in about 10 days so fingers crossed!!!! Has anyone else done theirs? :cute:
  11. This is for those if you waiting for information about assessment dates (for the UK): In October, assessments will be undertaken from the 13th - 15th for Glasgow and 27th - 31st for all other locations. Assessments will be undertaken at the following locations per trade: General Electricians: London Blackburn Glasgow Motor Mechanics: Accrington General Plumbers: London Accrington Bricklayers: London Accrington Glasgow Carpenters: London Accrington Glasgow Joiners: Accrington Cheers
  12. Found out today I failed the electrical practical assessment, I'm gutted!! Currently weighing up my options; next test I can get on is January but don't want to wait till then! Considering going out to Oz on a 417 one year working/holiday visa and attempting the assessment there and work on finding sponsorship! what do you think? How easy would it be to that? Any other possibilities anyone can think off? Any help/suggestions would be appreciated, thanks
  13. Hi we took the Practical assessment in Blackburn yesterday!!!!! all seemed to go well... wait now for results!!! any one know how long till we find out??
  14. im a mechanic and doing my practical in july.im travelling 200 miles on my own.is anyone else going? be kool to meet up with someone.does anyone have any insight to what is involved?
  15. Hi my OH is booked in for the 17 of july in lancashire for the bricklaying practical, i have come across plenty of people who had it in 2008 and what they had to do, but from what ive heard it changes from year to year and just wondered what the tasks for 2009 are and what questions were asked in the 1 to 1 interview. thanks alot in advance to anyone who can help :wink:
  16. Guest

    Bricklaying practical passed

    Hi, very happy just logged onto vetassess and got what i have been waiting and hoping for a succesful in big green letters. It finally feels like we could be getting somewhere! Good luck to all those still waiting for there results. Andy
  17. Guest

    Vetassess practical results

    Hi, has anyone had there recent vetassess practical results through yet, the not knowing is killing me. My OH did his plumbing practical in Accrington last friday (17th july) & is desparately waiting for news. I know it was only 5 days ago but it feels like 5 weeks. I'm so stressed, checking emails every 5 minutes & seeing " no new messages ". ARRRRRGGGGHHH !!!!!!! Anyone else out there in same situation???? Jo . :arghh:
  18. Guest

    vetassess practical advice

    Hi, I have got my practical assessment for motor mechanic this coming Monday and am very nervous, I was wondering if anyone has done this lately and could advise me whats involved, I have mainly worked on older cars and my electrical and diagnostic knowledge is out of date, does anyone that has done the assessment think this will be an issue? Kind regards, damo.:wacko:
  19. Hi there guys, I've just completed my Vetassess electrician's practical assessment, and I thought it would be nice to pass on my experience of the day, and offer a bit of advice. Firstly, there are things in the assessment which some people just don't do on a regular basis. Myself, for example! I'm as qualified as anyone else, but I'm sure there are plenty of us out there who don't have lots of experience in certain areas. My main areas of concern were the conduit and the control circuit for the direct online starter. I found out there is some PVC conduit work to be done and this worried me a little, so I went out and bought some conduit, a bending spring and then practised in my garage. It's not that I couldn't do it; it was just something I don't do in my job......I work on oil rigs so the cable containment we use is tray/unistrut/ladder rack etc. Anyway, the practise that I did paid off because it went absolutely fine. In my assessment I had to do 2 seperate pieces of conduit. A 90 degree bend from the DB to a back box for a socket outlet (with a couple of saddles in for support obviously). The other was a double set from light switch to light switch for the 2 way lighting circuit. With regards to the motor control circuit, I was REALLY worried about that, as it's just something I do not do, and have never touched since college. All I'll say is that you do get a wiring diagram of what's expected of you, and it's not too hard to follow. In my assessment, I had to put links in the circuit from point to point and complete the circuit as per the diagram. I've done a drawing on the computer of the layout of the control circuit for anyone who is as worried as I was about it. Please email me for the layout drawing and I'll send it to you no probs. Email address at the end. Other bits of the assessment included a safe isolation/disconnection/reconnection/recommissioning of a heater element. Just make sure you read the candidate's guide in the Vetassess handout for the way they want you to do it. We all know how to isolate etc but the way I saw it was if that's what it says in the handout........that's the way I'll do it. Just take your time and you'll be fine. My assessor wanted to know the current I would have expected to run in the circuit. There was a sticker detailing the voltage and the power, so it was all the Ohm's law type calculations for that. Theory Test. Make sure you revise on Ohm's Law, RMS calculations, Transformer calculations, Power factor, Resistors in series/parallel, single and 3 phase power calculations, impedance/inductive reactance calculations. Again, it's all in the Vetassess handout what you need to brush up on. Just make sure you do because it's all in there. Anyway, if you would like me to email the motor control circuit diagram, or have any other questions my email address is stephen.derby@ntlworld.com I hope this helps a bit and good luck all!
  20. does anyone need a lift to acrington on the 16th of july for their vettasess asessment? im coming from bristol and travelling up on my own on the 16th for my practical on the 17th.could do with some company as im travelling alone dean 07716099410
  21. Guest

    practical assessment electrical

    Hi everyone what a great site this is My wife and 2 x girls and I are hoping to make the move to melbourne area. I have my vetassess electrical in blackburn on July7th:mad: Reading on here some interesting points could someone give me some examples of type of question on formula to put my mind at rest As a mainly domestic/light commercial electrician motors,star delta etc A bit rusty Thanks for reading hope we can get to know some of you and share progress etc. Si Also if anyone else going on same day maybe we could meet up night before as I will be staying localy mon eve
  22. Guest

    How long after practical exam

    Has anyone got any idea after passing your Vetassess practical exam how long it takes give or take a month or two, to finally get your 175 visa....I want to get out of here and pretty sharpish. Mike
  23. carlos66

    practical skills test mechanics

    I have my test on the 16th July, would really appreciate some feedback about this as I've heard lots of comments about how some people have found it to be a complete shambles when they get there. Starting to brick it now, help!
  24. rainyc

    Practical in Glasgow

    Hi guys I am booked in for the vetasses practical exam on the 29th July in Glasgow just wondering if anyone else is, if so are you flying up from Stansted on the 28th. Bit nervous at the moment need more revision time, had loads of great help from many people on this site but the closer it gets the more i seemed to forget:arghh: Sure it will be ok in the end though Cheers Neil
  25. I've got a 5 1/2 hour train journey from the south coast to lancashire for my practical assessment for general electrician. I'm going to have to stay up there for two nights so I dont want to be taking loads of kit. Can anyone recommend to me what tools I should take? I dont want to lug all my tools around on the train.
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