Electrician

Electrician

Electricians install, inspect and test electrical equipment, making sure everything in a building works properly and safely.


The Role

  • Following very strict safety regulations
  • Keeping up to date with the different types of legislation covering electrical equipment
  • Highly skilled in inspecting electrical systems, equipment and components for faults that need repairing
  • Transporting data along fibre-optic cables and programming computer-controlled "intelligent" buildings and factories.

Salary

  • An apprentice electrician starts on around £8,000 a year, depending on age and where they live.
  • Newly trained electricians can earn in the region of £14,500 - £19,000
  • Trained with experience electricians can earn in the region of £19,000 - £30,000
  • Senior or master electricians can earn in the region of £30,000 - £36,000

Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and any overtime you may do. Self-employed electricians set their own pay rates.


Qualifications and Training

To work as a qualified electrician, you need an NVQ Diploma or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at Level 3 in Electrical Installation. You need additional training to do specialist work such as installing environmental technology systems.

Construction apprenticeships are a good way into a career as an electrician. You usually need at least four GCSEs grade A*-C or equivalent such as the Welsh Baccalaureate, including English or Welsh, maths and science.

As an apprentice, you study towards NVQ Level 3 and  Functional Skills Level 2 (English, mathematics & ICT) - or Essential Skills in Wales.

Some apprenticeship schemes are open to people over 25, though if you are employed you could work towards the NVQ Diploma without doing an apprenticeship.

You must have normal colour vision to work with electrical wiring. You must pass a colour vision assessment.

 

A Day in the life of...

Satsuki Harris

Satsuki Harris is an electrician with Lovell at sites across London.

Read moreabout Satsuki Harris

Vacancies

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Find out more

For information on the Electrician role in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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