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.