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If you enjoy working with your hands, solving problems, meeting lots of different people and working in different locations then consider becoming an electrician.Join an ever-changing industry that continues to develop new technologies for homes and business.As an Electrician you could chose to work for a large or small company, set up your own business work installing power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings. Work as a maintenance electrician checking and repairing systems, or as a panel builder building and installing control panels that operate the electrical systems inside buildings.Alternatively you can specialize in motor’s and transformers; work on the highway systems installing and maintaining street lighting and management systems; work with renewable technologies which can range from photovoltaic systems through to wind turbines; join the entertainment business in either theater, TV or festivals or even work abroad.
What will I learn?
You will work with your company and the college to develop your practical skills in installation practice. This will include all the cable types such as twin and earth, armored cables and fire-proof cables; cable management systems such as steel trunking, conduit systems and cable tray. You will develop how to embed and follow Health & Safety Regulations, design electrical systems, understand and explain how systems and equipment work. Once you know this you can test and certify whole installations and you will be able to find faults and fix them with ease. All the skills and knowledge to allow you to work within any field of electrical.
- A minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in Maths and English.
- Pass an initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT and an additional electrical entrance test.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
- An advanced apprenticeship in this industry usually takes between 42 and 48 months to complete, although the actual duration will depend on your job role and previous experience.
- You will be required to attend college for one day per week for three years.
- The competence element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.
- The knowledge element is delivered at our Wiltshire College Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, as a day release programme.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need access to a current edition of the IET Wiring Regulations and On-Site Guide during the course. Basic insulated screwdrivers, side-cutters and tape measure I expected for the practical training in year 1.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Construction and Trades
- Installation Electrician
- Painter or Decorator
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