Are you thinking about a career as an electrical fitter, an electrical technician, or an installation electrician?
We’ve put together some information on the routes you can take to get there.
There are two main avenues to becoming an electrician in the UK; you can either complete an apprenticeship or a college course.
If you already have experience and the relevant qualifications from a related industry, such as electrical engineering, you could also apply directly to switch to an electrical installation role.
Completing an apprenticeship is a good way to start a career as an electrician.
You could do an Advanced Level 3 Installation Electrician Apprenticeship, Advanced Level 3 Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship, a Level 4 Building Services Apprenticeship, or a Level 4 Electrical Engineer Apprenticeship. The level at which you start your apprenticeship is dependent on your current level of education and whether you meet the entry requirements.
The entry requirements for an advanced apprenticeship are usually 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Apprenticeships are a combination of practical training and theoretical study in a job role.
There are many benefits of being an apprentice, including:
- Being employed and earning a wage
- Gaining experience while you’re learning
- Working with experienced electricians
- Gaining job-specific skills
- Getting time to both train and study
- You could be offered a permanent job once you’ve completed your apprenticeship
The minimum national wage for an apprentice is £4.15, although companies are offering much higher rates than this due to the competition for apprentices from other companies.
Currently, the UK national wage for electrician apprentices can typically range from £10,000 up to £20,000.
An alternative route is to take a college course, which may help you to find a trainee position with a company.
College courses available include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering (Electrical)
- Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation
- T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction
The entry requirements to get on a college course vary, depending on the level of the course that you’re applying for.
You would usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course.
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level.
Working as an Electrician
If you’re going to work on a construction site, you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent. This is to ensure that the workforce on a construction site has the appropriate training and qualifications to do their job, improving health and safety standards.
Working in these roles will require you to have certain skills, such as:
- Being thorough, with strong attention to detail
- Being able to problem-solve efficiently
- Using your initiative
- Using equipment safely
- Maintaining and repairing tools or machinery
- Communication skills
Working as an electrician could mean you have to work on a construction site, at a client’s business, or their home. You may have to work in a cramped environment or even at a height and you’ll often need to wear protective clothing or equipment.
The typical salary for an electrician can range between £18,000 – £42,000 and they usually work between 40-50 hours per week.
If you’re looking for a new role as a qualified electrician, contact us on 01745 404 101 or email@example.com and we’ll be happy to support you in your search.