What is an electrician?
An electrician is the person responsible for ensuring homes and buildings have electricity flow. Electricians are qualified to install, repair and maintain electrical systems and without them we would be unable to turn on televisions or lights.
Benefits of an Electrician Career
Becoming an electrician sets you up for a very rewarding career in completing an interesting job but also financially.
- Electricians are one of the most well paid tradespeople because you have to be intelligent to be a fully qualified electrician.
- You can complete your qualifications while you work.
- Job security. The UK is expected to be in demand for 150,000 new electricians in the next ten years.
- If you are between the age of 16 and 19, you won’t have to pay any money for the courses at college.
- Respected trade because you need a large amount of expert knowledge to work with electricity.
- A work week is typical 35-40 hours a week.
- It is a mentally and physically tough career where you can work in a variety of situations which will keep you thinking and make it an interesting job.
How do I know if I will enjoy becoming an electrician?
The following qualities and skills are often required for electricians, so identify whether you will be suited to this line of work:
- Enjoy practical work
- Good eye-coordination and vision
- Eye for detail/accuracy
- Physically fit
- Able to work independently or with a team
- Complete projects while promoting a high degree of safety
- Critical thinking
- Solving complex problems
- Comprehension to understand written documents, technical drawings, wire diagrams and building plans
- Ability to work in different environments. eg. Confined spaces
How do I become an electrician?
There are three common routes in the United Kingdom for those seeking an electrician career.
- The first option is to obtain an electrician apprenticeship which are very difficult to come by unless you know someone in the industry. If you have an apprenticeship you are able to study your theory at a college while also completing valuable real world electrician experience which you can use to complete your NVQ quicker. While undergoing your apprenticeship, you will be earning an income. However, your income will be very similar to the minimum wage since you are unskilled and don’t have any qualifications.
- The second option is to solely apply for a college or learning centre where you can complete the Level 2 and 3 Diploma’s which are known as Technical Certifications which is accredited by the City & Guilds 2365. Once you complete your Diploma’s you can find a job in the industry where you can start to complete your NVQ.
- Another alternative is to become a domestic electrician first where you can earn an income. Once you are ready to start obtaining your qualifications, you can transfer into courses used by option one and two. However, you won’t have to cover all the content since it will have been covered in your Domestic Electrician qualification.
- Once you finish your NVQ, you can undertake the final assessment before you are recognised as a fully-qualified electrician which is the AM2. The AM2 is a test under exam conditions where you complete a wide range of electrical practical work.
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