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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 can get into this job through:

College

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:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course

Apprenticeship

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.

Direct application

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.

Career Tips

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

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

Salary Range

£18,000 to £42,000

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