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Why Consider our Apprenticeship?

Our City and Guilds 5393 apprenticeship qualification is designed to give apprentices the KSBs required to carry out their job role and successfully complete their apprenticeship standard. Our apprenticeship has many benefits, including flexibility, dedicated support, week block releases, frontloaded learning designed to develop knowledge and skills quicker, just to name a few.

If you have employment and are carrying out a sufficient range of domestic electrical work, this apprenticeship could be for you!


Why Choose Trade Skills 4U?

Above all its all about the quality of our training. We have built our reputation on years of listening to our learners and employers and constantly improving.

Last year, more people passed City & Guilds electrical courses with us than with any other UK provider. That level of success is achieved through our continuing investment in a superb learning environment and a first class teaching team who really understand the industry.

That’s why we have an enviable reputation in the industry but don’t just take our word for it, read the hundreds of reviews that have been posted online, or simply pay us a visit to see for yourself.

We are proud of our centres and, teachers and staff and that’s why virtually every image on this site is taken by us of real students in our very real centres.


We boast some of the best facilities nationwide, our training centres have evolved over the last 15 years. Each classroom and workshop has been built specifically to teach electrical practical and theory in the same room. This allows us the flexibility to showcase practical skills and the theory behind them at the same time. The ultimate learning environment!


Skilled tutors with teaching qualifications as well as years of experience on the tools. Our tutors have all worked as fully qualified electricians and teachers. We handpick only the best tutors in the industry.


We specialise in training apprentices. So you can rest assured your apprenticeship learning will be tailored to the correct level and take into account that some learners will already have experience working in industry. Our teachers will deliver to the right level for you and will stretch and challenge where required.


Apprenticeship Overview

Course Overview

Who is the qualification for?

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 complete your knowledge and skills building under the supervision of a mentor. There are no upper age limits to becoming an apprentice; it is never too late to learn!

This electrical apprenticeship covers everything you need to be a domestic electrician. It is also fully funded meaning you won’t have to pay a penny. We can also help support your employer in ensuring they fully understand all the requirements and have everything in place to allow you to successfully complete this apprenticeship.

If you are looking to become an electrician, but don’t have employment 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.

Apprenticeship Key Facts:

  • You must be employed before you can enrol onto an apprenticeship.
  • This apprenticeship training programme typically takes around 3 years to complete.
  • You do not pay for your training and will earn while you learn.
  • You will need to be working at least 50% of your time in England.
  • You must be employed for the duration of your apprenticeship.
  • You will be required to complete a specific amount of off-the-job training, both in-centre and in the workplace.
  • You will need to be eligible to work in the UK.

Domestic or Installation/Maintenance?

We offer two apprenticeship standards:

The correct pathway for you depends on the nature of your employment. It is important to ensure you are on the correct one. Don’t worry, we can advise on this during the application process.

What are the benefits of being an apprentice?

Key Benefits
  • 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 knowledge and skills

Who is the Apprenticeship for?

To be on the funded learning (Apprenticeship) pathway specifically with Trade Skills 4U a learner must:

  • Be 16 years old or older, there is no upper age limit.
  • Have been a UK resident for the previous three years and have the right to work in the UK.
  • 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 with a qualified electrician.
  • Ideally you will need to have 5 GCSE’s including Maths and English (Grades 9 to 4 or A-C). We will carry out an initial assessment to gauge your suitability for the programme.
  • If you do not hold the required GCSEs for Maths and English, initial assessments will be carried out and you will need to complete functional skills where you do not have evidence of Maths and/or English L2 on entry.

If you are unsure of your suitability or would like to find out more, 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 choose us?

UK’s no1 electrical training provider

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

  • Our apprenticeships follow our revolutionary 4 Steps Programme allowing our apprentices to develop key knowledge and skills at an early stage, which they will build on as they progress through their programme.
  • 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 knowledge, skills and behaviours, which can then be honed in the workplace.
  • Our apprentices receive 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. The Training Officer is the conduit between teachers, apprentices and employers, and will conduct regular reviews with the learner to discuss any concerns and monitor the progress of the required KSBs and arrange end-point assessment (EPA) once the apprentice has reached gateway. The Training Officer will be on-hand to assist apprentices in successfully completing their skills building 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. When learners complete their full Apprenticeship including end-point assessment (AM2D) they will be eligible to apply for an ECS Gold card as a Domestic Electrician.

Course Dates, Timings & Funding

The time taken to complete an electrical apprenticeship can vary slightly based on your role and previous knowledge and experience. Usually, the domestic apprenticeship standard will take take up to 3 years to complete with knowledge and skills building 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 you work in a safe environment and your apprenticeship is successful in allowing you to achieve your potential.
  • Domestic Electrician Apprenticeship Standard – Up to 3 years to complete
  • Installation/Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship Standard – Up to 4 years to complete

Exams & Assessments

Throughout the course you will be assessed on how well you are gaining the knowledge skills and behaviours required in the apprenticeship standard.

  • Knowledge Building: Online multiple choice, short answer questions and project assignments.
  • Skills Building: Assessed in your workplace.
  • Completion of End-Point Assessment 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.

More Information

General Apprenticeship Information

For general Apprenticeship information visit our Apprenticeships Explained page.

Other Ways To Train

For an overview of industry recognised routes to become an electrician visit our become an electrician page.


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Meet our dedicated Apprenticeship team

Trade Skills 4U have dedicated nationwide centres, we have a large team of highly skilled electrical tutors who are specialists in their field. Additionally we will have training officers and a Safeguarding team to support an guide you through your learning programme.



Head of Apprenticeships

Nigel Sidwell

Nigel looks after the whole apprenticeship programme to ensure the apprenticeship meets the needs of the apprentice and the employer.


Apprenticeship Ops Manager

Kate Taylor

Kate and her team will monitor and oversee you progress to ensure you meet all the KSBs needed to successfully complete your apprenticeship and EPA.


Head of Customer Experience

Christos Panayiotou

Christos’ team ensure ensures each student gets most out of their training, from assisting with barriers to learning to managing course feedback.


Head of Delivery Ops

Mark Turner

Mark oversees the operational delivery of your in-centre training, ensuring teachers are fully trained to deliver the knowledge elements of your programme.


Head of Product Development

Adam Ormesher

Adam’s team develop all teaching resources and programmes of work ensuring learners get the most from their training.




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Find an Apprentice

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National Careers Service

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Difference Between Domestic and Commercial Electricians



Complaints Procedure



General Career Advice and Guidance

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an electrical apprenticeship?

An electrician apprenticeship combines study and work experience that enables you to qualify as an electrician and start working. For electricians, this means working and learning on-the-job under the supervision of an experienced electrician while studying for a level 3 qualification.

Apprentice Electricians also earn a wage whilst they gain knowledge and develop their skills in the workplace working alongside an electrician as a mentor.

In order to start an apprenticeship you will need to be enrolled on an apprenticeship standard, which lists all the knowledge, skills and behaviours you will need to gain to be able to pass the apprenticeship.

As a level 3 programme we will want you to have maths and English at a minimum of Level 1. We will also carry out initial assessments to help us determine your level of maths and English and any help and support you may need will be agreed before you join the programme.

If you do not have level 2 English and maths, GCSE 4 or a C or above, you will need to complete functional skills. It is really important that you achieve any functional skills so that you can pass through the gateway to End Point Assessment (EPA)

It can take between 2 to 4 years dependent on previous qualifications gained to become an electrician. We can also recognise prior learning (RPL) which could reduce the length of your apprenticeship. We will explore this duding your initial assessments.

Again, this will depend on your RPL, but typically over a 4 year apprenticeship for apprentices new to the electrical industry, you will study towards a recognised qualification C&G 5357. There will be a mixture of different types of learning we will give you including, in centre face to face, virtual learning and e-learning modules.

 You will complete knowledge exams, assignments and projects in centre over an 18 month block release period, along with building a portfolio of your skills with guidance and help from your allocated Training Officer in the workplace.

You will also need to complete any maths and/or English functional skills you have been enrolled on to be gateway ready.

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

You will need to complete the C&G 5357 qualification (knowledge and skills elements) and any functional skills if you do not have any exemptions (GCSE 4 or C or above) to be able to pass through the gateway and go on to End Point Assessment which is the AM2 for electricians. On successful completion of the AM2, you will have completed your apprenticeship and be issued with an Apprenticeship completion Certificate.

There are various steps you can take to further your career, you may want to become an inspection and Testing engineer, an electrical engineer or even a designer. You may even decide to start your own business one day!  There is no end to where you can take your career.

On completion of your apprenticeship you may wish to apply for an ECS Gold Card.