Train For A Profitable New Career As An Electrician
The electrical industry has become one of the most significant aspects of life today. Both commercially and domestically we need good electricians. Essentially the work involves installing, maintaining and testing electrical systems, equipment and appliances under strict safety regulations. A report compiled by the Summit Skills showed that in 2009 there were a total of 613,000 people employed in the electrical industry in the United Kingdom. With the right qualifications you too could be enjoying a profitable and rewarding electrical career.
Can I Do It?
Who gets on well with this type of work? As electricians use tools and are very hands-on most of the time, you must be able to work well practically.
Those who can work methodically through a process do well as electricians. You must be happy working alone if you’re considering self-employment. Obviously if you’re colour-blind, this work isn’t going to be right for you. And in the end, if being your own boss is your goal, you should be determined and positive!
Control Your Own Future
Many career-changers consider electrical work so they can set themselves up in business. In fact the majority of those who have re-trained either become contract workers or self-employed.
And there appears to be an ongoing healthy demand for electrical contractors in private housing, so it can work very well. Of course, some just want the qualifications so they can earn a second income part-time. Finally some just want to be able to carry out electrical work in their own homes.
The beauty of doing electrical work is that every good job you do will be talked about by your clients. Obviously, the same goes for any bad experience they have! Be sure that you’re pleasant and courteous whenever you’re in someone else’s home – apart from being the right thing to do, it could bring in a lot more work!
Some electricians employed by big companies work shifts, but most work a regular eight hour day during the week. Despite regional variations, the average employee electrician in Britain in 2009 earned approx 26K. Electricians who work for themselves and take on a variety of domestic jobs can bring in significantly more than that, although their hours are usually longer. Of course, anyone running their own business has to cover their costs as well, though these shouldn’t be too extensive.
How Do I Begin?
The electrical industry mainly recognises EAL and City & Guilds in Britain today. National Vocational Qualifications can also be undertaken by proving commercial competency in industry.
This typically will take three to four years. Mature entrants generally study courses in their own time on a partly distance-learning basis.
As most of them are preparing for work in housing rather than industry, they don’t need NVQs. Specialised colleges focus on teaching skills that will help students learn what they need in months, not years. So whilst trainees emerge with more limited qualifications, they are still considered competent and qualified to carry out the more in-demand jobs.
Training For A Domestic Electrical Installer
Whatever your starting point, you’ll cover certain essential practices whoever you train with. A good all round programme for beginners would be an EAL Domestic Installers Course, at Level 2. You’ll be taught a basic understanding of electrical wiring in the home and standard safety procedures. You’ll be prepared for the EU Building Regulations qualification known as Part P.
Similarly, you’ll have training for the City & Guilds 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations Certificate (2382), another legal necessity. Working towards these industry-recognised qualifications will equip you not only to work on jobs in kitchens and bathrooms, on lighting circuits and wall sockets etc. but also to self-certify them as well. The whole process will probably involve around 300 -500 hours of training, which will be part home study and part in-centre training. Qualified electricians are needed all over the country. The opportunities are there – now it’s up to you.