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Job Description

Electricians install and repair wiring systems in the home and on building sites, some Electricians are responsible for maintenance of electrical equipment used in industry and commerce. Depending on the type of electrician, day-to-day work can range from installing CCTV, testing the wiring in a factory or installing new electrics in somebody's home.

Entry Requirements

You'll need a level 3 electrical or electro-technical qualification. You'll need to complete this qualification while you're working in a related job. 

A common way to get into this job is through an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship will give you a level 3 qualification.

Taking a level 1 or level 2 qualification in electrical installation may help you to find an apprenticeship or get a trainee position.

Electrical Careers has more information on how to become an electrician.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into design engineering, site or project management, consultancy work or training.

You could also set up your own business.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Domestic appliance service engineer
  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Electronics engineering technician
  • Kitchen and bathroom fitter

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • Methodical
  • Good communication skills
  • Physically fit
  • High attention to detail
  • Good problem solving abilities

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £42,000

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