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With the housing market booming and confidence in the economy returning, the construction industry’s growth will rely on a new influx of skilled tradespeople. We have a variety of electrical training courses to prepare you as a future electrician in a trade that will always be in demand by the public and be essential to the construction industry.
All applicants will be required to pass an assessment and attend an interview and then the typical route of study is from Level 1 Diploma, progressing to Level 2 Diploma and then progressing from Level 2 Diploma to employment or an Apprenticeship.
Our Apprenticeship programmes are developed to respond to employers changing needs in a rapidly growing industry. Apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage whilst learning a trade, developing practical skills and knowledge to establish a career in the largest sector in the UK.
Electrician's fit, test and repair electrical installations found in homes and businesses. This could include, fitting consumer units and circuit breakers, connecting wires to sockets, switches and light fittings and installing fire alarms. Installation electricians follow architects or contractors plan to install new electricity equipment.
Your studies could begin with the basic skills of electrical wiring, progressing through further training to cover fault diagnosis and rectification. Our courses also cover safety, installation, maintenance, scientific principles and regulations to ensure you are fully equipped to enter the industry.
We offer training in electrical installation in a dedicated training facility housing a workshop that’s equipped with a range of electrical hand and portable power tools and equipment, which will allow you to learn and benefit from industry standard facilities. Adjacent classrooms with computer facilities enhance the workshops and provide a link between practical and knowledge based aspects of the courses.
You will be taught by tutors who have worked in the industry themselves, gaining the skills needed to start your career in the industry. The skills and qualities needed to succeed include a good understanding of mathematics, calculations and physics; a careful, methodical and accurate approach to your work; the ability to follow drawings, plans and written or spoken instructions; the ability to work well in a team and good communication skills.
Please note this course is training only and to achieve the full trade NVQ qualification and become fully qualified, you must have on site experience and assessments. If you are unsure which trade you are most suited to, our taster courses will give you a feel of a variety of trades to see which suits you the best.
The course is very diverse compared to other colleges and it has really helped me to hone my skills on the trade, which will definitely help with further work on site. The tutors are very helpful too, especially with their many years of experience.
At the WorldSkills UK competition in November 2017 Marc Marshall, an Advanced Apprentice (Level 3) in Electrical Installation, won gold in the SkillElectric final.
Electricians work in a very wide range areas, from bringing power to people's homes to major engineering projects. They also work with renewable technology, such as wind turbines, 'smart' heating systems and photovoltaic systems that produce solar power. Many of our students pursue a route of self-employment or contracting, while others go on to study electronics or engineering at university level.
Career options and national starting averages include:
- Auto Electrician Technician £15,000 - £35,000
- Electrician £18,000 - 42,000
You could move on to be an:
- Electrical Engineer £21,000 - £45,000
- Structural Engineer £22,000 - £50,000
Source: National Careers Service