Will Hawkins, editor of the ACR Journal, interviews Hafsa Kalsoom when he met her at training company, Cool Concerns.
Stephen Benton told me he met you at Birmingham City College. Can you tell me about what you are doing now, your education and the training you are doing now? How did you get into this?
I just thought it was the standard in that someone just fixes your fridge when it doesn't work. So, he started talking to me about, saying that you can do this and that. Ok, it sounds fun and interesting, I'll give it a shot next year.
That's what I did. I finished my plumbing. And then I enrolled to do my level 2 air conditioning and refrigeration course. I met Steve and he told me about this as well, which gives you a bit of a head start to see where you are going to get too.
So it's a good start?
And what do you think you are going to, having done this and you have got your test tomorrow or finals tomorrow, where do you want this to go?
So then I can see if I want to stay in service and maintenance. Or, if I want to go further.
And with the plumbing side of this, you've nearly completed it?
And did that help you, do you think with some of what you have learnt here?
So you've got in mind
So, really, when you look back to when you started your plumbing and before
So, you were plumbing at home?
No,I wasn't plumbing at home. My Dad buys and sells houses and lets them out. So, he gets a house. It's a bit run down. Go over, rip the skirtings off, the water's all off. The plumber has already taken everything off. He's taken the brackets off, taken the pipe out. Then the paint, decorating, it's like the whole. Filling holes and doing all the electrics.
So, it's like 'If I can do it for you, how come I can't get some money and do something about it?
And, then like now, I kind of said 'Fine. I'm not going to something for myself. I'll sit at home, I'll get a crap job and I'll stay in it. And then you can moan at me for being a bum.'
A year went past and they got sick and tired of me doing nothing to a certain. Obviously, working to a minimum wage is not really what you want your children to do, is it?