How to you become an apprentice
If you’re looking to become an electrician one of the very best routes into this industry is through an apprenticeship scheme. This is a fantastic opportunity that not many people have the chance of experiencing. You’ll be trained up by an expert in their trade who will get you right up to the standards that will be required of you to enter into the electrician trade. Just imagine how many years worth of knowledge and experience your boss would have gained, and you’ll be the one who they are passing all this knowledge onto. All that you will be learning in the classroom will be put into practice when you’re out and about working with your boss.
So if you are one of the lucky ones who has been accepted on an apprenticeship scheme use this time wisely and really absorb all the information you’re being told but also remember to enjoy it too like I say not many will ever get this opportunity to thrive in the electrician industry via an apprenticeship scheme.
Remember also that’s it’s not just here in the UK where electricians are in demand they are need all over the world including, Canada, New Zealand and Australia too. You’ll never be without work once you qualify as an electrician and that goes for wherever you are in the world.
How long do apprenticeship schemes take?
It usually takes around 4 years to complete an apprenticeship before you become fully qualified electrician, you will be trained up on the job by an expert. Your lessons will take place at your local training centre or college. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with tradesmen, suppliers and also construction workers, just think how useful it will be to know these people, once you qualify they could be of great help to you when starting out as an electrician. Once you successfully complete your apprenticeship you would then become a fully qualified electrician and would have gained your NVQ Level 3.
How much will I earn as an apprentice?
You’ll be paid at least the National Minimum wage. The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.73 an hour. These rates are for apprentices that are aged between 16 and 18 and are also for those who are aged 19 and over and who are in their first year. If you are 19 or over then you are entitled to at least the minimum wage and have completed your first year as an apprentice.
The hours you’re paid for are your normal working hours with a minimum being 30 hours a week and also any training that’s part of your apprenticeship, which is one day a week most of the time.
As an apprenticeship you’re also entitled to holidays. You’ll receive at least 20 days paid holiday each year and also any bank holidays.
Levels of apprenticeships
There are different levels of apprenticeships and have equivalent education levels including:
This is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
This is equivalent to 2 A level passes
This can lead you to NVQ Level 4 and over and also a foundation degree.
What qualifications do I need to become an apprentice?
You don’t need to have any qualifications to get on an apprenticeship scheme. There are however, age limits, apprentices are usually between the ages of 16 and 24. If you are over the age of 25 you may find it very difficult getting on an apprenticeship scheme, that’s not to say it’s impossible, but you will definitely struggle. The thing to do is to keep ringing up your local electricians or ones further afield if you don’t mind travelling and just ask them are they taking on any apprentices if they’re not you never know they might have another electrician in mind who is taking on apprentices, so it’s always worth a go.
Competition is just so fierce out there, everyone knows just how good an opportunity it is and they all want a part of it. Becoming an apprentice is a great opportunity and that’s why so many people struggle trying to find someone who will take them on. The other issue is that there are only a limited number of spaces available each year.
The jobs an electrician carries out day to day
Electricians carry out many skilled tasks throughout their working lives, here are some of the jobs an electrician does:
- Maintain, repair and install electrical services, these may include, sockets, lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarms and also heating controls.
- Electricians carry out their work outdoors and indoors and also have to be able to work at height on occasions.
- An electrician should be able to work with hardly any or no supervision at all
- Sometimes an electrician has to work away from home
- An electrician must be able to work well with people
- An electrician must be able to read engineering drawings and also building drawings
- They must be able to understand circuit and wiring diagrams
- They must be able to choose all the equipment and materials they’ll need to carry out a job
- An electrician must be able to test and inspect electrical installations
- An electrician must be able to spot and repair any faults on a wide range of equipment and circuits.
- They must also be able to write their reports up
What if I can’t get on an apprenticeship scheme?
Try not to be too disheartened if you can’t get on an apprenticeship scheme as there are many more ways to enter into the electrical industry. The main thing to remember is that you gave it a go and there just is that issue of limited spaces each year. Training centres that offer full-time electrician courses are another good option for you and they are located throughout the UK, so there is bound to be one close to you. So please just because you didn’t get this opportunity via an apprenticeship it doesn’t mean that you can’t become an electrician there are plenty of other ways into this industry.
For more information on apprenticeships and how to apply the government has got a free “National Apprenticeship Helpline” where you can receive lots of helpful tips and advice on your next steps. The number is, 08000150600
There is also a great website for lots of info or if you like you can receive an information pack. Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk
So that’s it from me about electrician apprenticeships. As you can see it’s a fantastic opportunity for those wanting to enter into this exciting trade. I really hope you have learned so much more about apprenticeships and whether or not it’s the best choice for you.
So get out there and let all your local electricians know that you want to get on an apprenticeship scheme, and hopefully, you might be one of the lucky ones who gets accepted, good luck with it all!