Apprenticeships Explained

An apprenticeship is the electrical training route preferred by the industry. Traditionally apprenticeships were only for young people, but now employers in England and Wales can receive funding for apprentices of any age.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn. It is also funded, which means you will not be expected to pay anything towards your training. You will gain skills via a combination of on-the-job learning in your workplace and off-the-job learning supported by a college or training provider.
Can I Become an Electrical Apprentice?

Can I Become an Electrical Apprentice?

To become an electrical apprentice, you will need to be employed in the electrical industry and be carrying out a suitable range of works to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required within the apprenticeship standard. There are no upper age limits to becoming an apprentice; it is never too late to learn!

Apprenticeship Key Facts:
  • You must be employed before you can enrol onto an apprenticeship.
  • The apprenticeship training programme typically takes around 4 years to complete.
  • You do not pay for your training and will earn while you learn.
  • You will gain valuable skills on and off the job.

What We Offer?

We Offer Two Apprenticeship Standards:

You can visit either of these pages by clicking the links below.

Already Started Self-Funding?

If you have already started your electrical training, you can swap to one of our apprenticeship standards at any point, as soon as you have suitable employment you can transfer to an apprenticeship. For example, if you have completed a Level 3 Diploma and just need to complete NVQ Level 3, you can still swap to an apprenticeship to complete your portfolio and AM2.

Speak with our Apprenticeship Team to find out more.

Employer Costs & Funding

These apprenticeship standards offered are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) or via the levy, where applicable.

Employers may have to contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship if they are not an apprenticeship levy payer, if they have more than 50 employees or if you (the apprentice) is over the age of 19;  we can advise on this.

Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage. and must work at least 50% of their working hours in England to receive funding.


Why Take Your Electrical Apprenticeship With Us?

An apprenticeship is the electrical training route preferred by the industry. Our apprenticeship is designed with the learners and employers in mind. Our apprenticeship has many benefits, including flexibility, dedicated support, week block releases, frontloaded learning designed to develop skills quicker, just to name a few. Watch the video to find out more.

Why Consider Our Apprenticeships?

Our apprenticeships are designed to allow learners to develop skills naturally and making them useful to their employer at an early stage.

  • Our apprenticeship training follows our revolutionary 4 Steps Programme allowing our apprentices to develop key skills at an early stage, which they will build on as they progress through their programme to ensure they have knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) to sucsesfully complete the end-point assessment.
  • We take on apprentices all year round, meaning our learners won’t have to wait long to start their programme. We do not work to the academic year.
  • Our apprentices attend lessons in blocks rather than on day release, usually 3-5 consecutive days per month, rather than 1 day per week. These blocks have been specifically designed with clear outcomes to allow learners to develop specific skills, which can then be honed in the workplace.
  • Our apprentices receive a personal programme information which guides them through their apprenticeship and is useful for employers to track their progress.
  • Our apprentices are assigned a personal Training Officer (TO) who is the conduit between teachers, apprentices and employers, and will conduct regular progress reviews with the learner and employer to discuss any concerns and monitor progress towards gaining the KSBs. The TO will be on-hand to assist apprentices in evidencing the skills built in the workplace, which will be required before they progress to their end-point assessment.
  • Our apprentices are signed up with the JIB at the start of their apprenticeship and receive an ECS Apprenticeship Card, as part of our commitment to value added training.
  • When apprentices have gained the KSBs and completed end-point assessment (AM2s) they will be eligible to apply for an ECS Gold card as a Installation/Maintenance/Domestic Electrician.
  • At this point apprentices will be offered further advice and guidance to further their career in the electrical industry.
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Steps to Our Apprenticeship

  • Ensuring the apprentice has a proper contract of employment.
  • Initial assessments (Maths and English).
  • Agreeing a training plan.
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) compliance documents; we assist employers and apprentices throughout this process.
  • If our apprentices do not meet the minimum requirements for Maths and English, they will need to complete Functional Skills.
  • If this is required our apprentices will be assigned a Functional Skills teacher, who will work with them to help them achieve the required level.
  • If an apprentice is required to undertake Functional Skills this will be fully funded.

Our apprentices follow our revolutionary 4 Steps programme, where they will receive:

  • In-centre training in our state-of-the-art workshops and classrooms to give them the KSBs required in the standard.
  • Bespoke eLearning packages and a tailored online apprenticeship portal to support learning.
  • City and Guilds Qualifications designed to give the KSBs required within the standard.
  • Our apprentices will complete a skills portfolio, where they will record evidence of their on-site skills building.
  • Their Training Officer will be on-hand to assist with this during regular review sessions to chart the building of KSBs, in particular the building of skills and behaviours in the workplace.
  • Once an apprentice has gained all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required, they will have a meeting between employer, apprentices and training provider to confirm all KSBs are in place for gateway.
  • Their AM2 end-point assessment will then be arranged.
  • The AM2 has been specifically designed to assess the occupational competence of electrical apprentices and is the industry recognised standard.
  • On successful completion of the end-point assessment the apprentice will have completed their apprenticeship and can apply for an ECS Gold Card.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning means using a person’s previous qualifications, which have already been achieved, to contribute to new learning of knowledge, skills and behaviours within the standard.

We may be able to reduce the overall length of the apprenticeship if a candidate has previously completed any electrical qualifications, such as the C&G 2365, 2330 or other awarding body equivalents. This will be discussed during initial skills scans.

Example: If a candidate apprentice has completed a full C&G 2365 Level 3 qualification, they will only need to complete evidence of skills gained whilst working with a mentor, Functional Skills (if applicable) and AM2 end-point assessment.


What We Offer

Check out our two apprenticeship standards and see which path suits you.
Installation and Maintenance Electrician Standard

Installation and Maintenance Electrician Standard

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments.

For more information about the Standard click the link below or click the button to view our Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship webpage.

Domestic Electrician Standard

This occupation is found in the domestic dwelling construction, engineering and social housing installation and maintenance electrician industries.

For more information about the Standard click the link below or click the button to view our Domestic Electrician Apprenticeship webpage.