How to become an electrician in the UK?
- An apprenticeship over 4 years
- By breaking the elements down into more manageable steps over a 2-3 year period (Diploma. NVQ & AM2).
Our 5 Steps Approach
Our 5 Steps approach allows you to front load the training elements to gain the skills to break into the electrical industry and find work. We start with domestic electrics and then each stage takes you closer to becoming a registered electrician.
A Unique Approach
Step On Step Off, You're In Control
We listen to what the Industry needs
Progress from Beginner, to Domestic Installer, to Registered Electrician!
Our 5 Step Diploma program v the Traditional apprenticeship
The Two Routes Compared
The How, The Who Benefits, The Disadvantages
The 5 Step Program
- The focus is the adult candidate, who brings life and workplace experience. This program would not be appropriate to the typical 16-19-year-old.
- Candidate doesn’t need a job at the start, it can be self funded.
- The Diploma is delivered in two week full time blocks with two week intervals to gain paid work experience.
- Our data shows over 90% obtain paid work and experience during their training.
- The front loading of relevant practical installations learning enables the candidate to be a useful employee and gives value to the employer’s business early in the training course. Usually by Week 5.
- Modern training methods as used in all Universities. A mix of Traditional face to face in centre learning and Web-based learning known as ‘Blended learning’ meaning, webinars, recorded and live video tutorials, online personalised mentoring, web based assessments and progression monitoring. e-tutoring, e-mentoring, e-learning. Saves ‘In-Centre’ time, expensive in terms of time and money for the candidate.
- Candidates are fully supported all the way through. Candidates can gather evidence for Online digital NVQ earlier in training, enabling earlier and quicker NVQ progression. Typically 12-18 months from the start of NVQ Registration at Step 4.
- Candidate progresses through Diploma with valued learning and quickly without wasting time, progresses through NVQ earlier, is able to undertake AM2 earlier.
- Candidate becomes properly trained and self-sufficient in workplace much earlier, typically within 1 year of start.
The Traditional Apprenticeship
- The focus is the 16-19 year old, typically no previous work experience or relevant life experience.
- With a well funded, properly compliant employer, the traditional apprenticeship is the preferable model for the young person (with improvements).
- The candidate has to have a supportive employer with at least a minimum paid job and funded support from the start.
- Candidate relies on the employer to be a part time fully knowledgeable tutor, though typically has skills and knowledge gaps.
- Candidate relies on the employer to show best practice compliant with regulations and not use the candidate as merely low paid labourer. The 3-4 year program is dictated by the funding model of the FE College and not best learning models or methods.
- Typically a 1 day a week during a traditional education year inc term holidays, meaning typically 36 days.
- Learning model is inefficient, slow, difficult to motivate progress in candidates, involves a significant amount of recapping at each tutorial day, longer involved tutorial projects cant be undertaken in centre during one day.
- Candidate is typically not of real value to the employer until Year 3, and drop out rates are relatively high meaning financial and time risks for the employer in supporting an apprentice.
- Gathering of proper evidence for NVQ cannot take place until Knowledge Unit is claimed, real installation and relevant work skills learning doesn’t take place until late in Year 1 or mid Year 2, meaning typical students don’t start on NVQ proper until late in Year 2.
- Candidates are unable to work effectively until year 3 and do not present proper value to employer until year 4 at earliest.