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.
You can get into this job through:
You can take a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation, which may help you to find a trainee position with a company.
You'll 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
The following local colleges offer courses in Engineering/Electrical:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course
You can do an installation electrician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
You may be able to move into electrical installation work if you've got experience and relevant qualifications from a related industry, for example building services or electrical engineering.
You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.
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
- Ability to work alone or as part of a team
- Good communication skills
- Physically fit
- High attention to detail
- Good problem solving abilities
£18,000 to £42,000