Points to Consider
Is it the right course for me?
The job of an Electrician is considered to be one of the top trades. The work is technical, physical and challenging, and may require you to travel throughout the country. The type of electrical work you do may fall into these main areas:
- Domestic: work on houses/apartments includes wiring and rewiring, fault finding, inspection & testing, modifying or upgrading the electrical systems.
- Commercial: this work includes retail premises, office accommodation and public buildings and generally demands more skill and experience than domestic work.
- Industrial: electricians play a very important role providing factories power distribution, lighting and power systems, as well as computer wiring, CCTV, telecom and alarm wiring.
- Specialist: other areas of work for electricians include street lighting, maintenance, and renewable energy systems.
What does the job involve?
Your job as an apprentice electrician will depend on the type of work that your employer does. Your Electrical Apprenticeship course will enable you to develop the technical knowledge and practical skills to complete your work safely and correctly.
Some of the duties you will carry out include:
- Work indoors, outdoors and at heights
- Travel and work away from home
- Develop good working relationships with all relevant people
- Understand wiring systems
- Select (within limits) materials and equipment
- Inspect and test electrical installations
- Diagnose and rectify faults on a range of circuits and equipments
- Install, maintain and repair electrical services, in and outside of buildings
How long does it take?
Your Electrical Apprenticeship has four stages and takes four years to complete. It will be carried out in partnership with ett, your employer and a local college.
- Year 1
In the first year, a two day release system covering theory and practical training will be alternated between your college and your employer. You must complete all aspects of the City & Guilds Technical Certificate at Level 2, plus any Essential Skill requirements.
- Year 2
The second year will involve a day release, during which you must complete all theory and practical training aspects of the City & Guilds Technical Certificate at Level 3.
- Year 3
The third year of the programme involves a blended learning approach to the ett e-Portfolio. You will be required to attend four induction, guidance and support classes to enable the successful completion of the 8 site diaries. Competence to complete work onsite with the employer is assessed to the NVQ National Occupational Standards.
- Year 4
Professional discussions with the ETT assessors will be undertaken in the fourth year of the programme to progress towards completion of the ETT e-Portfolio. Successful completion of the Achievement Measurement 2 test is necessary in the fourth year, along with further workplace assessment for competence.