In order to become a qualified electrician, you must participate in an apprenticeship along with your course work training. Once completed, you will be tested on both course training and practical experience. You must find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice but this can sometimes be difficult with no experience or connections. You can enroll in the City and Guilds 2365, or Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations.
This course is open to anyone over the age of sixteen with or without experience. It will train you the same as the City and Guilds 2357 that you would normally enroll in after finding employment. In most cases, you will be able to easily find employment after you begin the City and Guilds 2365 because employers will see that you are serious in your wanting to become an electrician.
The apprenticeship and training will last anywhere from two to four years to complete. Once you have a job, you must enroll in the City and Guilds 2357. There are two ways the course training works and the one you take will be determined on which program your employer wants to work with. The first is a day release program which will have you in class for one day out of the work week. The second is a block release program in which you work for a few months and then switch to classes for a few months. There is an established Apprentice Framework that you must satisfy which includes:
- Maths Functional Skills Level 2
- English Functional Skills Level 2
- ICT Functional Skills Level 2
- City and Guilds 2357 including the Achievement Measurement 2
- Employers Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
You may be able to get an exemption on the Maths, English, and ICT Functional Skills if you have at least C grades on the GCSEs, but the other requirements are mandatory.
During your electrician apprenticeship you will be expected to keep a log or diary of all of the work you do. This log/diary will eventually be assessed by a qualified examiner, along with documentation of your jobs and skills from your employer. These documents will include job sheets recording the jobs you worked on and the skills learned, photographic evidence that you actually performed those jobs, risk assessment, and test results.
During your coursework you will be given three GOLA exams consisting of Health and Safety, Installation, and Electrical Principles. You will also receive at least three visits at the job site to ensure that you are complying with your apprenticeship. You will also be given the Achievement Measurement 2, which is an exam of your practical skills.
The goal of your apprenticeship is to complete your National Vocational Qualification so that you can become a qualified electrician. Your apprenticeship helps you do this by teaching practical, on-the-job skills, combined with a course work training program, and testing of those skills so that you can work in your profession of choice.
For more info on electrician apprenticeships take a look at http://electricianqualifications.info/electrician-apprenticeships/ or http://www.jtltraining.com/