There has never been a better time to ‘get a trade’ and become an electrician! Here are just 5 reasons why a rewarding career in the UK as a qualified and competent electrician awaits those that can see the great opportunities that exist.
1. Population Growth
The UK’s population is growing at an incredible rate of over 420,000 people per year. It is predicted that the UK will have 70,000,000 people by 2030. Britain is building houses and needs to continue to build houses whether for private home ownership or affordable, social housing. The UK is on course to build in excess of 100,000 new homes in 2013; source www.theconstructionindex.co.uk, 27th September 2013. However this number will need to increase significantly in order to keep pace with population expansion. The Labour Party has pledged to build 200,000 homes per annum if they come to power. The truth is that whoever is in government will need to keep on building.
2. Increased Legislation
Only electricians that are registered as a competent person with a recognised scheme can ‘self certify’ and undertake new or partial electrical installations in domestic dwellings. In order to join a registered competent persons scheme, you must be able to prove ‘competence’ through either qualifications and/ or experience. The ability to join a competent persons scheme is challenging, new applicants need to follow approved learning plans that include training, on-site experience and qualifications.
3. Increasing Rental Market
There has been a change in the social make up of society. There are more single people living in rented accommodation than ever before and this number will continue to increase. There is a lot of movement in the housing rental market and private and social landlords are legally obliged by the Landlords and Tenants Act (1985) to ensure that the electrical wiring in their properties is safe. Periodic Inspection Reports of their properties should take place every five years or with every change of tenancy, which can of course be frequent. Only electricians that hold a Periodic Inspection and Testing qualification can carry out this type of report and they are in a great position to gain work as a result of faults or recommendations that may result from the Periodic Inspection Report.
4. Reduced Competition
The introduction of Part P in 2005 and the subsequent introduction of competent persons schemes has done a lot to rid the industry of electricians that are neither qualified nor competent. This in turn has created more opportunities for those that are qualified and competent.
5. It Takes a Special Kind of Person
Not everyone has what it takes to become an electrician. You need to be committed and absolutely sure that this is what you want to do as a career. You need to invest time and money into training and gaining qualifications and (then keeping them). You cannot decide to join a correspondence or a home study course and expect to be able to join the industry. This is not like learning a foreign language. Your initial training will involve training centre or college led learning, lots of study, a suitable placement where you can gain on-site experience and challenging examinations. Once you have been through this process once your chosen scheme provider will test your knowledge and understanding again. You will then need to renew membership of the scheme every 12-months. You will be obliged to keep abreast of new industry regulations and re-sit certain exams every 5-years.
So you can see that it is no easy task to become an electrician. It is precisely for this reason that so many current and future opportunities exist for those industry professionals that have the tenacity to stick at it because they know that for many people it’s just too much effort. It’s not impossible for those that want it enough. This is why there are so many opportunities for professional electricians.