Electrician Apprenticeships Explained
Trade Skills 4U Electrician Apprenticeships
Trade Skills 4U can offer a slightly different option when it comes to electrical apprenticeships. As an organisation focussed on adult learning we have a successful track record of delivering the off site training elements in a more intensive way. This means as well as the traditional day release programmes we can also deliver some elements in a more intensive way. Depending on the size of the cohort we can also provide bespoke programmes for larger organisations and tailor the training to your specific needs. As a trainer in adult education we also have access to a pool of mature students looking for apprenticeship places. Find out more below:
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For Employers – Taking on an electrical apprentice
Are you thinking of taking on more staff? If so it could be a good opportunity to consider taking on an electrical apprentice. Not only will you work with motivated fresh individuals but you will also benefit from the professional training that can be provided here by Trade Skills 4U.
Depending on the age of your apprentice you could find that some or all of their electrical apprenticeship can be funded, saving you money and providing you with skilled labour that can add to your work force.
How does it work?
An electrical apprenticeship is made up of 3 key elements; The Knowledge Units (training in a centre), Performance units (on the job portfolio) and a final AM2 assessment (2 day assessment)
As well as the typical day release, Trade Skills 4U can offer block release electrical apprenticeships training. This means that apprentices are likely to attend training with Trade Skills 4U for 2 weeks and then back to work for two weeks for 30 weeks or 1 week a month for 16 months. As an independent training provider we can be more flexible in when trainees start and attend each course module and can even design bespoke programmes for larger cohorts.
Employers will be required to pay apprentices for their work and training time.
As well as attending training, your employees will be reviewed and assessed in their work environment (usually over a 3-4 year period). They will be required to complete set tasks and goals set out by the framework and will be required to ensure they collect evidence of their work and build a portfolio that can be reviewed.
To complete the framework and gain the full NVQ qualification will take on average 3-4 years.
Why speak to Trade Skills 4U about apprenticeships
For many years we have been delivering the knowledge units of the apprenticeship in an intensive way. This model works for our customers who are mainly mature students as it allows them to front load their training, get their foot in the door of the industry and then complete the NVQ/performance units once they are working. By delivering in this way we have found the following benefits which will apply to any employer looking at electrical apprenticeships:
Your apprentices will be more useful in a much shorter space of time. This will mean they can start generating real business benefits sooner.
We have a large number of students (many of whom are already trained) looking for apprenticeship placements.
As we deliver in 1 week blocks less time is spent re-capping and more time is spent learning. Practical tasks and tough subjects can be delivered in a continuous way making it much easier for the learner to retain the information
Younger students training with us will benefit from a more grown up atmosphere in classes
Electrical apprenticeships really can be a win, win situation for both employers and employees. Employers gain skilled labour who are professionally trained by Trade Skills 4U and also by you in the skills and processes that you are most in need of.
They also offer an affordable solution for your work force needs, not just in the short term but also in the longer term as they grow with your business.
For Electrical Apprentices - Course Funding Information
Are you looking to train as an electrician? To become fully qualified you can complete an apprenticeship which is a blend of classroom training and on the job assessments. The key to this process is finding a job / apprenticeship place and whilst we can help you by registering you for the apprenticeship matching service we strongly recommend all of those looking to find an apprenticeship contact companies directly to try and secure a placement.
Once your apprenticeship is established you will receive classroom based training, you will also need to complete AM2 assessments (that takes place in a registered assessment centre) as well as a number of tasks that must be carried out in the work place and a portfolio of work that must be compiled to become fully qualified. The portfolio elements can be carried out either during or after your course.
If you are already in employment and are looking to complete an apprenticeship then we may be able to access funding for you. If you are not in employment it could well pay to contact local companies to see if they may interested in taking you on as an apprentice electrician.
**Please note at present we also offer the training for the City & Guilds 2365 Course and which is made up of classroom based training and similar to the knowledge units from a C&G 2357 apprenticeship. This gives students the opportunity to break into the industry and then complete on site assessments as and when they are ready. Essentially you can do the 2365 first and then transfer into the C&G 2357 Apprenticeship once you have started working.
Am I eligible for funding?
In order to access funding for the course you will need to fulfil the following criteria:
You will need to live in England
You will need to be employed for a minimum of 16 Hours per week by a qualified electrician
Ideally you will need to have 4 GCSE’s including Maths and English (Grades 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 in the last 5 years.
Becoming an electrician is different to becoming a domestic installer. Electricians have to complete a wider range of tasks in both domestic and commercial environments. As such working in the right role whilst completing your apprenticeship is key to gaining the breadth of experience required to complete your portfolio for the NVQ qualification.
Trade Skills 4U will need to assess your eligibility and your current employment to ensure it can provide you with the breadth of work required to complete the NVQ.
If you are interested in more information please call 01293 529777 to arrange an interview. Alternatively you may wish to ask your employer to contact us directly.
Pay Your Own Way
The other option is to simply pay for the Electrical Installation Diploma and complete the training before you have found a work placement. This will give you the skills and knowledge to help you find a work placement. By funding the course yourself you will increase your usefulness to potential employers who will be more likely to put you straight to work rather than have you making cups of tea in your first few weeks on the job.