Apprenticeships in Scotland
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Lightning Conductor Engineers make sure that buildings and other structures are safe if they’re struck by lightning.
You don’t need any specific qualifications for starting this career but employers often prefer you to have GCSE grades 9-4 (A* -C) or equivalent, such as a BTEC or the Welsh Baccalaureate in subjects such as Maths, English, Science or Design and Technology.
A good head for maths helps with understanding how electricity works. It may also help if you have some experience of working in general construction as a labourer, scaffolder or tradesperson. You might also need a driving licence.
A good start to your career is applying for an apprenticeship so you can earn as you learn. That means an employer supports you while you train. You work towards an NVQ Level 2 in Lightning Conductor Engineering. This includes installing lightning conductors, taking site measurements, doing evaluations and installing earthing systems to buildings. You also learn about rope access, mobile towers, first aid, fire fighting, the safe use of ladders and manual handling.
Salaries depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
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