Our guide to electrical courses
Kristina K

Our guide to electrical courses

First published date November 26 2013 Amended date October 31 2014

Do you hate the thought of being stuck in an office, sitting in front of the computer all day long? Are you good with DIY and hope to take your skills further than your own living room? Why not consider a career as an electrician and enrol on our wide range of electrical courses? The work’s challenging and jobs are plenty. Or, if you’re already a qualified electrician and hoping to improve your skills, then check out some of our more specialised courses.


Want to be an electrician?

If you’re serious about a career as an electrician, you have to spend at least three years learning the trade, working in the trade and building contacts along the way. Because the job is so well paid, employers receive a lot of applications and in order to make your application stand out, you’ll have be dedicated at improving your skills to become a top electrician.  You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and learn the tricks of the trade. Check out some of our electrical courses that are awarded by the City & Guilds.


What do you learn?

You’ll learn about electrical theory, circuitry, mathematics, wiring and motor controls. If you’re keen to further develop specialist skills, you may choose to focus on a particular division of electrical services such as solar power and refrigeration. You’ll be equipped with skills to install, test, maintain electrical wiring and equipment, and fix appliances and apparatus for different types of businesses and properties.


Consider an apprenticeship

Electrical apprenticeships are a popular choice among younger students and involve on the job and off the job education, training and workplace experience. An apprenticeship usually lasts for four years, and you’ll be required to attend trade school whilst continuing to build on the job experience on days when you’re not studying.


Other routes

Many people find it more practical studying for electrical courses in their own time, and in this instance, our distance learning and online electrical courses are perfect to serve those needs. They allow you to study in your own time and at home to become practising electricians.


Put a spark on your CV

A qualified electrician can expect to earn about £18,000 a year as a starting salary. To become a fully qualified electrician, Electrotechnical NVQs Levels 2-3 are necessary. This is a work based assessment, and therefore, there are no written examinations. Of course, there are other professional qualifications that can get your started.


The industry

It’s possible to take specific qualifications if you hope to get into a specialised area of the profession. From domestic and commercial to industrial work, you’ll find a wide range of roles available too. These include jobs as electrical supervisor, electrical engineer or foreman. If you’re ambitious, you can apply to become a master electrician, the highest and most lucrative level of electrical engineer.


Did you know?

·         Electricity travels at the speed of light more than 186,000 miles per second.

·         If you had a light bulb on the moon connected to a switch in your bedroom, it would take only 1.26 seconds for that bulb to light up, 238,857 miles away.

·         A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts.

·         Thomas Edison didn’t invent the first light bulb but he did invent one that stayed lit for more than a few seconds. He invented more than 2,000 new products, including almost everything needed for us to use electricity in our homes; switches, fuses, sockets and meters.

·         The first power plant owned by Thomas Edison opened in New York City in 1882.

When Christmas lights were first invented, they were so expensive that it was more common for families to rent them than to own them. In the early 1900s, an electrically lighted Christmas tree was a symbol of high status. 

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