There has never been a better time to learn a trade and become an electrician.
With a number of reasons to become an electrician from the earning potential to the great working environment, more and more people are considering a career in the trades.
Here are just five of the benefits that await those with the skills, motivation and drive to become an electrician.
High Earning Potential
When it comes to looking into any career, earning potential is an important factor. You need to ensure that the career you want can provide you with the salary you need to support yourself and your family.
Luckily for those looking into becoming an electrician, the trade boasts great earning potential. A newly qualified electrician can expect to earn anywhere between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. As your experience and skill level increases, so do your earnings. The average electrician’s salary in and around London is £36,000. If you decide to work on a self-employed basis, you set your own rate of pay. If you go on to set up your own business and employ others, your earnings could increase even further.
Varied Working Environment
The 9-5 office life simply isn’t for everyone and many people choose to leave the world of emails, contracts and office drama behind to pick up a trade. As an electrician, your work will vary on a day-to-day basis. Whether that’s working on something new as part of a larger project or working in a completely different setting each day. In the trades, you are not tied down to one single location – the industry offers a lot of freedom and flexibility.
Population Growth/Increased Demand
As the population grows, as does the demand for housing and with that comes the demand for more tradespeople. Since 2000, the population of the United Kingdom has increased by a staggering 8 million, and by 2030, it’s expected to reach 70 million. In order to keep up with the need for housing, people are being encouraged to pick up a trade as many existing tradespeople report having to turn down work due to them simply not having the time to complete it. This means that now is a better time than ever before to train as an electrician.
Increased Rental Market
There has been a change in the social makeup of society. More single people live in rented accommodation than ever before, with this number set 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. Only electricians that hold a Periodic Inspection and Testing qualification can carry out this type of report. They are in a great position to gain work as a result of faults or recommendations that may result from the Periodic Inspection Report.
It Takes a Special Kind of Person
Not everyone has what it takes to become an electrician. To do so, you need to be 100% sure of what you want and motivated to achieve it. Training to become an electrician takes time, effort and money. As it is an investment in your future, your training should be taken seriously. Becoming an electrician is no easy task but it is worth it for those who have the drive and motivation to create a new opportunity and successful career for themselves.
Become An Electrician With Options Skills
There are a number of different qualifications you can earn depending on the type of electrician you want to be. Initial training will take place in a training centre or college. It is here that you will learn the essential basics of electrical work through theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The next step depends on the route you choose to take.
If you want to become a domestic electrician, you must complete your DEI and 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. You can then apply to join a competent persons scheme such as the NICEIC. It is only then that you are able to go out and work in a domestic dwelling.
If you wish to gain your NVQ Level 3, after your initial training you must go out to work on-site alongside an experienced electrician and build up a portfolio of work. Once you have done this, you will gain your NVQ and are able to undertake your AM2 assessment. Successfully passing this allows you to go onto applying for your ECS Gold Card.