Generally speaking all electricians apprenticeships fall into either the full time working with day release, or more likely in today’s market, full time college electrical courses. It is a fact that the old system of being employed full time as an electricians apprentice is one of the very best systems available.
There is nothing quite like working within the electrical trade learning from an experienced electrician hands on to gain that essential work experience that so many employers are looking for.
Over the past twenty years the system has changed. With the introduction of set wages and minimum wages, together with statuary employee benefits employers are reluctant to take on new electrician apprentices because the cost is prohibitively high.
Although the working conditions are much improved for electrician apprentices the opportunities are very rare, and it is quite difficult to get on the ladder of working with day release. In the old days, an aspiring electrician would be signed up with the company with perhaps a JIB (Joint Industry Board) scheme that might last for up to five years.
The apprentice would do day release from work and study electrical principles and wiring regulations to the current edition at college.
The electrical apprenticeship would be in the form of a contract between the employer and employee and possibly a guardian. This agreement would be terminated on completion of the apprenticeship and suitable qualifications gained through college and working.
The system in place today varies from one course provider to another. Most electrician’s apprenticeships in the old sense do not exist but there are sometimes opportunities to be found within electrical contraction companies within the UK to get a foot hold in the trade.
Many colleges have strong links with electricians working in the field and also can place new electrician’s apprentices with companies to gain experience, even if there is no job offer in the end.
One of the first things to do on your route to becoming an electrician is to research what the latest requirements are. The current wiring regulations for buildings IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers Wiring Regulations for Buildings) are the 17th Edition.
And the courses you might need to take a look at are either provided by the Governments own bodies, Electrical Contractors Association, Joint Industry Board (JIB) JTL and Summit Skills. You will need to complete a final AM2 assessment before you will become fully qualified.
Check out all the options before you decide.