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2017 Electrician Events Calendar

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 18th January 2017

Bookmark and share this page to keep up to date with the latest electrical events of 2017. The post will be updated regularly as more events are confirmed throughout the year.

January

Nothing much happening this month!

 

February

 

Elex - London

Location: London, Alexandra Palace

Date: 1 - 2 February

About: Elex offers electrical professionals to access the latest technologies and attend various free seminars led by industry experts discussing key issues that face electricians today. 

 

 

The Green Building & Facilities Road Show

Location: Manchester, Old Trafford Stadium

Date: 14 February

About: Learn about new green schemes, if Part L is making a difference and how Brexit will affect the Eco-standard.

 

 

 

Tech Talk Seminar

Location: Newcastle, Newcastle Racecourse

Date: 28 February

About: Keep up to date with the latest that’s happening in the electrical industry. Discover more about; electrical supply issues, legislation changes, common assessment visit departures and much more.

 

 

March

 

National Apprenticeship Week

Date: 6 - 10 March

Marking its 10th anniversary, National Apprenticeship week celebrates the incredible work apprentices do in the workplace and acknowledges what they have achieved.

Trade Skills 4U is hosting an electrical taster week to from 6 – 10 March. This will provide those between the ages of 16 – 21 year olds the opportunity to see whether a career in the electrical industry is for them.

Book today

 

 

Ecobuild

Location: London, Excel Centre

Date: 7 - 9 March

About: Ecobuild attracts over 34,000 people to the event every year which consists of architects, developers to local government and infrastructure clients. This year, the theme will be regenerated into an immersive city – with a main street, specific destinations and special feature attractions.

 

 

Elex

Location: Manchester

Date: 9 - 10 March

About: Elex offers electrical professionals to access the latest technologies and attend various free seminars led by industry experts discussing key issues that face electricians today.

 

 

Electrical Review Smart Lighting Summit

Location: London, Royal Victoria Dock

Date: 28 March

About: The Smart Summit will bring together a range of industry experts to discuss the latest developments in smart lighting controls and challenges the businesses need to overcome in a face-to-face environment.

 

April

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Electric Vehicle Show

Location: Malvern

Date: 23 April

About: This a fantastic free event where electricians can hear key speakers discuss the benefits of EV’s and have the chance to discover the latest information on electric vehicles.

 

May

 

All-Energy

Location: Glasgow

Date: 10 - 11 May

About: All-Energy is one of the largest renewable energy events that enables you to meet some of the industries key players from the renewables sector. 

 

 

NICEIC Elecsa South

Location: Epsom, Epsom Downs Racecourse

Date: 18 May

About: The event is relevant to professionals within the electrical industry from CEO’s of major electrical companies to sole trader domestic installers and contracting businesses.

 

June

Napit Expo - TBC

 

July

Napit Expo - TBC

 

August

Nothing happening yet

 

September

 

 

Energy Event

Location: Birmingham

Date: 12 - 13 September 

About: The Energy Event brings together the supply and demand industry to help influence the way we buy and manage energy. The show regularly attracts over 7,000 visitors and offers a range of industry insight, achievable strategies and quality networking opportunities.

 

 

Tool Fair

Location: Coventry, Ricoh Arena

Date: 21 - 22 September

About: Get huge deals on the latest tools and equipment available in the industry.

 

 

October

Napit Expo - TBA

 

 

D&M Tool Show

Location: Kempton Park 

Date: 6 - 8 October

About: Make savings on some of the biggest brands in the UK and watch the free masterclasses available.

 

 

 

November

NICEIC Elecsa Live North

Date: TBC

Location: TBC

About: The event is relevant to professionals within the electrical industry from CEO’s of major electrical companies to sole trader domestic installers and contracting businesses.

 

 

December

Napit Expo - TBA

 

Categories: events

Trade Skills 4U Employment Survey

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 5th January 2017

With a skill shortage in the electrical industry, there is always the need for more sparks to train and learn the trade. This is why Trade Skills 4U is dedicated to training electricians to the best of their ability so they are knowledgeable, able and ready to enter the workplace.

We recently conducted a survey on past students who took our C&G 2365 Diploma course, dating back to 2014 to find out if they had managed to find employment within the electrical field and what area they have chosen to work in.

The results showed an astounding 87.8% of our students have indeed found employment in the electrical field. 

 

 

Whilst speaking with the students we found the majority were working as electrician’s mates or had now worked their way up to working as an electrician for contracting companies on both employed and self-employed basis. We also discovered some were working in some more niche fields such as:

Smart Meter Installation

Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installer

Army Electrician

Maintanence Manager / Electrician

Theatre / Stage Electrician

Engineer at Network Rail

Domestic Installer

Kitchen / Bathroom Installer

Media Broadcast Electrician

Many have gone onto complete their NVQ and their AM2. 

Who are our students?

We have and still continue to see a mixture of students coming through the doors at both our Gatwick and Warrington centres, with ages ranging from 18 – 65 both male and female. Some have entered the field from school knowing this is the career path they wanted to take, whilst others have decided to choose a completely different career path and retrain as an electrician later in life. Others have also taken their qualifications across the pond to Australia to start a new life and career overseas.

Aimee Dalton is 25 and currently completing her 2365 while working for an electrical company. She is coming to the end of her Level 3 and said: “I’ve found the course really interesting and the things I’ve learnt in the centre I’ve then put into practice at work. I’ve been here since September and I would definitely encourage more women to come and train as an electrician. There’s a world of opportunity out there for electricians"

How can I get qualified and will I find employment?

If you wish to work on larger commercial projects, you can study the 2365 Level 2 &3. Most people will generally find employment with an electrical company alongside completing the course. Other avenues to explore once you have completed level 3 is to register to complete an electrical apprenticeship then the AM2.

There are a variety of electrical courses available for people to consider, for example the 18 day Bronze course will enable you to work in domestic properties. Your qualification will allow you to legally install, test and inspect electrical work in existing properties or new builds. With the government’s plan to build 1 million homes by 2020 across the UK you shouldn’t struggle to find work.

Categories: employment, 2365, survey, electrician

Paul Aspinall Case Study

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 3rd January 2017

Name:

Paul Aspinall

Location:

Lancing - West Sussex

Course: 

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 & 3

 

 

 

 

 

We spoke to Paul about what he's been up to since completing his Level 2 & 3 diploma and how he found employment after the course. 

1. What type of work did you do before becoming an electrician?

I worked in insurance as a Third Party Motor Claims Negotiator.

2. Why did you decide to retrain as an electrician?

I wanted a career change and I have always been interested in the electrical world and have been interested in how electricity works, so I thought it would be a great time to change.

3.  What difference has training with us made to you?

It gave me a great knowledge base and a platform from which I could potentially go into various areas of the electrical field.

4. Did you meet your initial goals through completing the qualification?

I did, and exceeded them. The course taught me more than I thought I would have learnt.

5. What were the highlights of the course?

There were quite a few. The facilities are top class, I had really knowledgeable tutors and the practical experience it taught me was great.

6. What type of employment did you find when completing the course?

I initially got called up by an electrical firm and we installed miles of basket tray and ran cables for new door controls at a flight instruction centre. I have also worked on house rewires as well as various domestic jobs in a variety of places.

7. How long did it take you to find a job?

I actually got called up from a flyer I left with an electrical wholesaler before I had finished my final exams.

8. What job are you doing now?

I have started work at British Gas as an Apprentice Smart Energy Expert.

9. What are your plans for the future?

Starting work at British Gas has given me the security of a job that I sought and there are fantastic opportunities to continue to learn and progress within the company.

10. Would you recommend Trade Skills 4U?

Absolutely. It is by far the best training centre you can go to. The facilities are excellent and the trainers are top class. If anyone is considering going to Trade Skills 4 U, you will not be disappointed.

We wish you the best of luck in your career with British Gas Paul.

Categories: training, qualifications, case study, electrician

2017 Trades Salary Survey: Electrician Salaries Rise Whilst Many Others Fall

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 1st January 2017

It’s that time of year again. The results are in and it’s no surprise that for the 4th year in a row our salary survey shows that electricians still earn the most of all the trades. What is a surprise in the most recent data is that a number of trades (including plumbers) have seen a drop in average salary over the past twelve months.

Average Electrician Salary (£30,765)

The average salary recorded by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of £30,765 is actually the median value. This means that 50% of electricians earn more than this amount and 50% earn less. It’s the ONS's preferred measure of average earnings as it is less affected by a relatively small numbers of very high earners that can skew the data upward. Therefore this average gives a better indication of typical pay than the mean which comes out at £31,648.

When we  ran this survey last year we saw the biggest increase for plumbers whilst electrician pay seemed to have stalled. This year we can see plumber salaries have dropped by around 2% whilst electricians have increased by around 1%.

Why have some trades seen a drop in average salary?

When we last ran this survey it was surprising to see that the biggest increases in salaries had been in some of the less skilled trades where people still earned much less than an electrician on average. However the drop this time around is most likely a slight adjustment to these larger increases last year. It is also important to note that the data is for salaries, and as the construction sector sees increased demand more workers tend to go freelance or self-employed where they can earn a much higher wage.

How realistic is it to earn over £30K as an electrician?

The majority of electricians tend to work on a self-employed or a contracting basis. Whilst salaries represent what you can earn when employed by a company the amounts earned as a contractor tends to be more realistic. With established self-employed electricians you will be hard pushed to find anyone earning below £30K per year and earnings are more likely to be around £35-40K per year. In London and the south east this figure is likely to be higher.

Hourly Rates / Day Rates (£20-£50 Per Hour / £140-£350 Per Day)

Since most of the people working as electricians are either self-employed or contracting it is very hard to gather data on how much they charge or earn. In the South East and London it is very realistic for an established electrician to charge £45 per hour or £300 per day, further north this amount will drop. However, these days it is more likely that a sparky will charge a set rate for a particular job. In this situation smart working and marking up on materials such as sockets, cables and consumer units can make a real difference to an hourly rate. You will be hard pushed to get a new consumer unit supplied and installed for less than £450 these days, and with the boxes costing around £130 and the job taking less than a day you can see that this is where the money really can start to add up.

What are trainee salaries like? (Around £21K)

If you start out as an apprentice then you will most likely earn below the minimum wage. This is because you are earning and learning at the same time. However if you front load your training, like most of our customers, you can start out on a trainee salary usually around £21K per annum.

If you do a quick search online you will find that most jobs for electrician mates start off at around £11 per hour which is great for someone starting out.

The key to earning more?

If you do a search for electrician jobs on a website such as Indeed you will see that there are lots of jobs available offering some fairly decent salaries. You will find most of the jobs are advertised by agencies. These agencies will be taking a cut from your hourly wage- usually around 10-15%! So one very simple way to earn more is to put in the leg work and apply direct to numerous building and contracting companies. This will allow you to maximise your earning potential. There is nothing wrong with working for an agency and especially in the early days agencies can play an important part in finding you work. However as you progress your career you should make lots of contacts who will assist you in finding the latest and best contracts.

As well as working direct the best way to increase your earnings is simply to work hard, be on time, build a good reputation and of course progress your knowledge through great experience and further training. For most electricians one way to increase their wage or grade is to take the following courses:

1. C&G 2394/95 Inspection & Testing Courses – For Approved Electrician status

2. C&G 2396 Electrical Design course – For Site Technician status

For more information on JIB wage grades see below:

JIB Wage Grades

The JIB publish wage grades on their website. Whilst the JIB have clear guidelines for what an electrician can earn these are guidelines only and not every employer sticks to these.

As of the 4th January 2016 the JIB suggests you should earn the following hourly rates if you have your own transport:

Trainee Electrician - £11.56 - £13.68

Electrician - £14.39

Approved Electrician - £15.61

Site Technician - £17.57

And if you live in London or the south east you should expect:

Trainee Electrician - £12.94 - £15.33

Electrician - £16.13

Approved Electrician - £17.48

Site Technician - £19.68

In order to qualify for the higher pay grades most people will need to fulfil the following:

1. Trainee Electrician - Apprenticeship or electricians mate usually with C&G 2365 Diplomas

2. Electrician - Relevant qualifications, Level 3 NVQ & AM2 (These days a 2357)

3. Approved Electrician - As per number 2 plus periodic inspection and testing qualification such as the C&G 2394/2395

4. Site Technician - As per number 3 plus over 5 years’ experience (3 of which in a supervisory role) plus a level 4 qualification such as a HNC

Remember at the end of the day it isn’t just about how much you can earn but also about how happy you are in your job. Most people choose to train as an electrician not just because of the earning potential but because they are sick of being stuck behind a desk and want to work on the road, on site and with their hands. Remember being a sparky is the perfect job for someone who wants to work with their hands and their mind.

 

Categories: salary, pay