If you’re looking to provide yourself with job security even when the economy seems bleak then it’s advisable to learn a trade. With this in mind, could becoming an electrician be the right choice for you? The truth is that despite the fragile economy there still appears to be a large skills shortage in the UK with qualified electricians being one of these groups in high demand. Because of this qualified electricians have no shortage of work and in many cases have way more than they can handle. Therefore with the right training, there’s plenty of work to go around.
So What Do You Need?
The good news is that there is no qualification barriers needed to become an electrician as GCSEs are not a pre-requisite. However, you will be expected to pass various qualifications en-route which are both theory and practical based. You’ll also need to be adaptable, a good communicator, and most importantly not be colour blind. So how do you become an electrician?
Work Based Training Scheme
A work based training scheme or apprenticeship is often considered to be the best way of learning a trade or skill simply because you’re getting paid whilst learning a trade. In addition you’ll be working alongside highly skilled electricians where you can learn on the job. However, these can be hard to come by, but a simple online search for electrical apprenticeships should yield results.
Electrical Training Courses
Another way is to enter the profession is through an electrical training course. There are many available and they range from the absolute beginner, through to refresher and specialised courses. These are full time recognised courses where you’ll receive qualifications needed to enter the electrical trade. Initial qualifications include an NVQ level 3 in the Requirements for Electrical Installations and the Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers. In addition you’ll receive training relating to health and safety, wiring regulations, and testing and inspection. These are basic requirements needed to work in the electrician industry and will allow you to go on and diversify or specialise to further your chances of employment. Specialities such as renewable technologies or solar installations may well be an advantage. Costs of courses can vary tremendously so definitely shop around
What Can I be Expected to Earn?
Starting salaries for an apprentice electrician are somewhere between £14,000 and £19,000 per year, rising to 30,000-35,000 for a senior electrician. Specialised electricians or those that are self-employed have the capacity to earn considerably more. Hopefully this has given you an idea to get the ball rolling and to decide whether being an electrician is the right career choice for you.
Thousands of people are doing jobs that they don’t enjoy, simply because they didn’t choose to go into further education and left school with minimum qualifications.
Having the money to go out, get the latest electronic gadgets and move away from home seems like paradise when you’re younger, but as the years roll by, some people begin to yearn to do a job a really enjoy; but they can’t, because they don’t have the qualifications and can’t afford to give up work and go back to school.
Adult education classes are a great solution to this problem. They are affordable and the classes are held in the evenings, so that you can attend after work. Admittedly, you do need to be motivated; it’s not easy to get yourself to a class after a hard day’s work, especially on winter nights when it’s cold and raining.
However, if you do have the motivation, you’ll find Adult Education classes are a good place to meet new people and gain the qualifications that you need for a new job or career.
Classes usually start in September and you pay for them at the beginning of the month, to reserve your place on the course. If it’s a bad month for spending anything extra, you can always apply for a payday loan. A company like Wonga Canada, will have the money in your bank within the hour and you can pay it back once you have your October pay packet.
If you don’t work set hours or going out to an adult education class doesn’t suit you, why not try an online course. Online courses mean that you can study wherever and whenever is best for you. If you’re really keen then you can do the course quickly, but If you don’t have a lot of free time, then you can study over a longer period.
Online courses send the materials to you in the post or by email and you complete your tasks using your computer. Not every course is suitable for online study. If you want to be a plumber or a hairdresser you might be able to work from home on the theory side, but you will have to attend classes in person for the practical lessons.
Online courses are normally more expensive than a government subsidised adult education course, but there are some companies that give discounts for earners on low incomes.
If you want to do a degree course whilst you are working, you can apply to a university and study for a degree or a diploma in stages. You have to gain a certain number of credits in order to get your degree and you can choose different areas of study, which will give you variety in your degree subjects. The courses normally start in September and each credit course must be finished within a stipulated time limit, but if you only take one credit course at a time, you’ll find the work load manageable.
Once you have the qualifications, you will be then be more able to to do a job, or start a career, doing something you really enjoy.