Rob Wrey



Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
I live in Barnstaple so Petroc was very local and convenient. Petroc also ran the course I was looking for.

And what made you pick this particular study programme/course?
I’m currently a Graphic Designer and have had enough of working in an office environment. I enjoy DIY and fixing things so I wanted a change of career. I was offered to work for a friend doing heating and he needed me to gain some qualifications to work for him so I came back to Petroc to re- train.

Which elements of your study programme/course do you particularly enjoy?
I really enjoy the theory side of the course. It’s very interesting learning why rules are rules and how calculations are made.

What have been the highlights so far?
I enjoy coming to college and learning the theory then working externally and putting the theory I’ve learnt to good use. When I put 2 and 2 together it all becomes clear.

What do you most enjoy about studying at Petroc?
Coming to college is a nice break from my working week. On my course I’ve met people within the industry, I phone them up from time to time for help. Being a mature student I went straight onto Level 3 because of my experience and age, my colleagues also help fill me in on anything from Level 2 I might not know already.

What do you plan to do when you leave college?
I plan to become a self-employed plumber and be able to pick and choose my hours and jobs. I would like a better quality of life, I’ve always chased something that’s not really there and managed to get to middle level management and not progress.

Any advice for someone thinking of choosing the same course as you?
You have really got to want to do the course, you need to be interested and enjoy learning, think of long time rather than short term.


Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Domestic Plumbing & Heating

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I plan to become a self-employed plumber and be able to pick and choose my hours and jobs.