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07 Nov 2022

One of the key elements of the school’s success is business training and technical support offered both during and after the course that ensures every student is given the best chance to move on to a career in their chosen sector, or to start their own business.

We love seeing our students transition into their new careers, feeling confident and empowered. Over the years we've built up a fantastic community and our after-course support is something we're proud of. We often receive messages from students, sometimes months or years after they leave, thanking us for helping them change their lives. Stephen is a great example, of someone who not only changed career, but is now a vital part of our support group.


Stephen King (56) from Livingston was one of Trades Training School’s earliest students, embarking on the Wall & Floor Tiling Course in 2008 after he took early redundancy from his job as area manager for a vending machine company. Despite spending 14 years in management, he was looking for a new career and after speaking to a friend who was a tiler, he decided to retrain. He returned to the school in 2015 to gain his SVQ qualification.

Today, Stephen owns his own successful tiling business that undertakes domestic, commercial and industrial work, including every specialist area of tiling. He operates mainly in the central belt but has worked all over the UK. Occasionally Stephen returns to the school to teach and act as a mentor; taking students out with him for work experience and providing advice in the students' support group.

Stephen said: “The course gave me a new path and outlook in life, as well as the stability of a new career. I've loved the freedom of being my own boss—I can be myself and have had more time to spend with family. I really enjoy maintaining my connections with the school and helping others invest in themselves and move forward.”

If you’d like to find out more about our courses, or to come in to see our courses in action, get in touch on 0131 6611 833 or email [email protected].

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