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How to Start a Career as an Electrician

You’ve decided you want to become an electrician and that is a great career choice. Electricians work on a wide variety of jobs. You would be responsible for installing and maintaining electrical equipment, testing and inspecting equipment, and diagnosing and fixing problems with electrical equipment. You could work in homes and businesses, sports stadiums, television and radio stations, or working on traffic management systems. You could even find yourself working with renewable technology such as solar panels or wind turbines.

To qualify as an electrician, you need at least one of three diplomas, the requirements of which are established by the government and the Sector Skills Council, Summit Skills. The three diplomas are:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations as part of an apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment

You can get a job as an apprentice electrician and then sign up at a college or training centre for the City and Guilds 2357 program or you can sign up for the City and Guilds 2365 Level 2 and 3 Diploma and get a job after training or going through the course. Most people going the 2365 route will be able to find a job and apprenticeship before they have even finished the course. The course work can be completed in one of two ways. The first is a day release program in which you work all week but one day is set aside for the classroom. The second is a block release program, in which you attend classes for a few months at a time and then work for a few months at a time. The type of program you attend may depend on which your employer prefers.

Electrician apprenticeships will also include assessments that you need to complete to count towards the National Vocational Qualification. When you have received your NVQ, you will then be paired with an expert electrician who will teach you any specialized skills you may require. To get your NVQ, you will have to complete the set course work and exams for your diploma and while working on your practical experience, keep a log or journal of your work. This journal will be examined by an experienced assessor; along with documentation form your employer demonstrating that you have completed the necessary skills. This documentation will include job sheets with the jobs you worked and were paid for, photographic evidence, and eyewitness accounts from other employees. You will also be visited on job sites to ensure you are working and meeting your practical requirements.

When you are ready, you will then be given the Achievement Measurement 2, a practical skills assessment test in which you are given specific tasks to complete while being watched by an examiner over the course of a few days to determine your level of skill. When you pass this test, you are granted a diploma and are now a fully qualified electrician.

There are a number of steps involved to start your career as an electrician, but it’s all worth it when you get your diploma and begin your new career.

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UK Plumbing Apprenticeships

Plumbers here in the UK are in huge demand mainly because there just aren’t enough of them, the demand for them really is through the roof and the supply is so little. So let this be encouragement for you to succeed in your quest to become an apprentice. They are also in high demand all over the world with many countries crying out for plumbers. So, when you qualify you really would like a total fresh start to your life then give it a go, at least you know your skills are in high demand wherever you decide to go.

Becoming a plumber will offer you job security and peace of mind along with a good dose of job satisfaction, what could be better than that!

Once you become qualified you can either become self employed and this really does offer enormous benefits like being able to decide the days you work, the hours you work and also when you take your holidays and how many you can take, you really aren’t restricted. Or there is the option of working for an existing plumbing company another choice is carrying out contract work, what this means is you’ll carry out jobs as and when they come up.

I’ve just finished school, can I begin an apprenticeship?

The answer to this question is yes definitely go for an apprentice if you’re just out of school, there really is no better time to try for an apprenticeship than straight out of school. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get you going in your new and exciting trade. Just imagine the great advantages of being trained up on the job by a qualified plumber with their year’s worth of experience and knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their own working lives.

They will train you up to the highest of standards so that you are able to meet with the awarding bodies standards.

Are you paid any money while you train?

Yes you certainly are paid as you train up, the basic salary you’ll be earning is £95.00 each week and this amount does vary, there’s no such thing as a fixed amount however you will be paid a minimum of £2.60 each hour.

How long can I expect to be an apprentice for before I qualify?

Ok so training to become a lumber via the apprenticeship route usually takes between 2 and 4 years. Your time will be divided between working on the job being trained up and the rest of your time will be in the classroom where you will continue to learn all your theory. Another great advantage of becoming an apprentice is that you’ll get to meet suppliers, construction workers and tradesmen who may in the future be of great help to you as you yourself enter the plumbing industry.

I want to start my training, how do I get an apprenticeship?

That’s fantastic news you won’t be disappointed, ok so back to the question, well you don’t require any formal qualifications to begin your apprenticeship just your absolute determination to succeed in your studies. You’ll need to be aged between 16 and 24 and you must have normal colour vision in your eyes. Any older than this and you may find yourself struggling to get an apprenticeship, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get an apprenticeship so please keep ringing around plumbing companies asking if they’re taking on and failing that ask them if they know of anyone who is, it’s always worth asking, you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain. There is a very limited amount of spaces available on apprenticeship schemes, so persistence really is the key here, you really do have to put yourself out there until you’re noticed.

If you need any more information on plumbing apprenticeships or maybe you want an information pack visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or you could visit www.plumbing-apprenticeships.co.uk

 

Remember don’t get too disappointed of you don’t get on an apprenticeship scheme there are so many more options open to you for instance you can train up at your local college or training centre and there is also the option of studying from home, if you can’t fully commit to full time training.

So that’s it from me, I really hope you succeed in your quest to become an apprentice and then go on to become a fully qualified plumber, it has to be one of the best careers there is, so good luck and all the very best!