Why take the C&G 5357 Electrical Apprenticeship?

This electrical apprenticeship covers everything you need to be a domestic and commercial electrician. It is the equivalent to our 4 steps programme but structured differently and is fully funded meaning you (the learner) don’t have to pay a penny. If you have an employer we can help support them and you on how best to complete this highly regarded qualification. If you are the learner this page explains everything you need to know as an electrical apprentice. 

If you are an employer looking for an apprentice please find out more here.

If you are looking to become an electrician remember you can start out with our 4 steps programme and if you find an employer we can flip you to a funded apprenticeship. This means you would no longer need to pay for your training. 

Our apprenticeship training is delivered in the following locations:

  • London Gatwick - For London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent
  • Coventry - For Birmingham, Leicester and the Midlands, 
  • Warrington - For Liverpool, Manchester and the North West
  • Leeds  - For Yorkshire, Sheffield and the North East

Electrician Taster Sessions

If you are new to the industry and want to train as an electrician why not register for a taster session to find out if electrics could be the right career for you.

Subjects covered:

Consumer unit replacement
Electrical installation
Lighting install & design
Outdoor electrical
18th Edition (excl book)
Inspection & Testing
Electric cookers
Steel wired armour swa
Single phase
Three phase
Domestic rewires
Lighting design & installation
Fault findings
Renewable technology
Domestic install workshop
Electrical science
Mini trunking & conduit
Steel conduit
Part-P Building Regulations

Course overview

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Apprenticeship Overview

Apprenticeships have changed and are now open to adults of all ages. Many years ago it was only 16-19 year olds who would take apprenticeships, however government incentives and recent changes to the scheme structure now mean:

  • Anyone at any age can get an apprenticeship
  • Funding is available to all age groups over 16
  • You don’t have to earn the minimum wage meaning you can get paid well whilst training
The 5357 apprenticeship will generally last 3-4 years during which time you will attend in centre training and work towards completing a portfolio of work on the job. When these aspects are complete you will take a final AM2 assessment.

You benefit from training at one of our state of the art specialist electrical training centres (Gatwick, Warrington, Leeds or Coventry) with your portfolio assessments delivered online and onsite by our team of assessors nationwide.
You will receive the most up to date C&G 5357 qualification whilst earning an income as an electrician's apprentice. The government, ECA, JIB and JTL all recognise it as a robust route to becoming a fully qualified electrician.

Once you have passed your final AM2 Assessments you will be a fully qualified electrician able to undertake work in both domestic and commercial settings. You will also have the most up to date knowledge in areas such as environmental technologies giving a foot into the door of renewable energy opportunity.

Maintenance or Electrical Installation Apprenticeship?

We offer both the maintenance and installation apprenticeship. Generally speaking electrical installation is the most popular, however depending on your employer and goals you can easily opt to complete the maintenance apprenticeship. We will discuss this with you when you apply.

What are the benefits of being an apprentice? 

  • You can earn whilst you learn.
  • No fees to pay back
  • The learning is spread out and interlaced with your job.
  • You will receive an industry recognised qualification.
  • Gain independence and respect
  • Gain real work experience
  • Improve your employability
  • Develop your skills

Entry Requirements / Who’s it for?

To be on the funded learning (Apprenticeship) pathway a learner must:

  • Be 16 years old or older, there is no upper age limit.
  • You will need to have been a UK resident for the previous three years.
  • You will need an employer before you can start the apprenticeship.
  • You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 Hours per week by a qualified electrician.
  • Ideally you will need to have 5 GCSE’s including Maths and English (Grades 9 to 4 or A-C), however there are other criteria on which your ability in these areas can be assessed.
  • If you do not hold the required GCSE’s you can still qualify if you have passed a functional skills test. If you are not quite at this level, you will have the opportunity to work towards these qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

If you are unsure of your suitability please contact us to find out if you are suitable and arrange an assessment on 01293 529777. Remember adults of any age can be funded and if you are already part trained we can often map your existing qualifications into the apprenticeship.

Why train with Trade Skills 4U?

Trade Skills 4U is the UK’s no1 specialist electrical training provider. There are numerous reasons to train with us including: 

  • As an expert trainer of adults we offer a serious learning environment where every learner wants to be there
  • We are electrical training specialists with highly experienced tutors
  • We boast some amazing training facilities nationwide
  • You get support from a dedicated Industry Assessor
  • Our unique 4 steps programme allows you to switch to an apprenticeship when you gain employment
  • Get a JIB ECS Card
  • High success rates
  • Small class sizes
  • Access to ongoing student support

Course Dates, Timings and Funding

The time taken to complete an electrical apprenticeship can vary slightly based on your role and previous knowledge and experience. Usually, it will take take 3-4 years to complete with training and portfolio gathering spread out throughout this period.

You will not have to pay for your training and will be earning whilst you learn. Trade Skills 4U will work with you and your employer to ensure your apprenticeship is fully funded and you earn to your potential.
If you prefer to self fund your training and front load the learning elements please see our 4 step programme.

Apprenticeship Complaints Procedure

In line with government guidelines we have published our complaints procedure for apprentices online. Should you wish to find out more about the complaints procedure please visit this page.

Exams & Assessments:

Throughout the course you will be assessed on each unit above in a variety of ways including:

  • Knowledge Units: Online multiple choice exams and assignments.
  • Performance Units: Locally assessed in your workplace. The cost of this course includes 3 onsite assessments.
  • Completion of Electrotechnical Occupational Competence Unit which is assessed by the AM2 at a centre local to you. We have access to a network of assessment centres across the UK.

Please note that you must bring photographic ID such as a passport or driving license with you in order to sit the assessments on this apprenticeship.

Our locations

As well as the having multiple large sites, we also have a number of sites dedicated to delivering the 18th edition wiring regulations & PAT Testing courses.

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Phoenix House has raised the bar for electrical training centres in the UK. The centre is just East of Leeds situated just off of the M1 / A1. This makes it easily accessible from Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, York, Harrogate and all over Yorkshire.

Phoenix House, Hawthorn Park, Coal Road, Leeds, West Yorks, LS14 1PQ
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Our Northern training facility is situated just off Junction 10 of the M62 at Birchwood Park and is very accessible from towns such as Warrington, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester.

Unit B, The Beacons, Warrington Road, Birchwood, WA3 6WY
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Our brand new centre opened in July 2019 offering a full range of electrical courses  for those based in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Northampton and all over the midlands region. The new centre is based in Westwood Business Park right next...

Rowan House, Westwood Way, Coventry, West Mids, CV4 8HS
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Our Mitre Court and Explorer 2 Facilities are just 2 minutes south of Gatwick Airport and are easily accessible by car, bus and train. They are comfortable, light and airy environments in which students can learn a wide range of practical and theory based skills.

Mitre Court, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 9JY
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