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How To Pursue A Career In The Electrical Trade

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Are you ready to begin a new career? Or are you considering your options? Perhaps the pandemic has left you out of work, allowing you to consider a new career path?

Choosing a new career can be challenging. It isn’t easy to know which career path you’re best suited to with many options available.

Are you practical and ambitious? Why not consider a career in the electrical trade?

A career in electrics can be extremely fulfilling. With the right education and experience, you can create your dream career and have lifetime job security.

Why pursue a career in the electrical trade?

  1. High earning potential
    Electricians can earn a high salary. For example, as a qualified Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI), you may be able to earn up to £40k per annum. As a self-employed electrician, you can set your rates, meaning you have complete control over your income.
  2. Better control over your work
    As a self-employed electrician, you will be your own boss. Self-employment means you can determine your working hours, plan your day around your schedule and closely manage your work-life balance.
  3. The trade is in high demand.
    The demand for qualified and capable electricians is ever-increasing, especially with the government’s push towards green technology and electric vehicles. A study from Electrotechnical Skills Partnership has discovered that the growing demand for developing and installing new smart and clean energy technologies will see a need for around 12,500 to 15,000 additional skilled electricians over the next five years.

What qualifications are required?

The specific qualification you’ll need depends on the type of electrical career you’d like to pursue. The most common types of electrical qualifications include:

  • NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training – this is the industry recognised qualification for domestic and commercial three-phase installations.
  • Level 3 Award in the Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings.
  • Level 3 Award in the Initial Verification and Certification of Electrical Installations.
  • Domestic Electrician listed on Competent Person Register – this recognises a domestic electrician as working within Building Regulations. To join the register, you will need to have gained your DEI, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and have a few years of experience on-site.

How can I start a career in the electrical trade?

  1. Determine the career path you would like to follow
    Research the different options available to you. Look into the ‘soft’ skills needed for specific roles and see if you have those already; you may even have some of the more technical knowledge required for some roles. You could also consider looking at job boards and using listed jobs to inspire your career aspirations.
  2. Research available training options
    There are plenty of training options available to suit everyone’s needs. Consider your requirements and think about how you would like to train – for example, through a traineeship, an apprenticeship or at college.
  3. Speak to training providers
    If you’re struggling to decide on the right training option for you, get in touch with training providers. They will be able to help you and point you in the right direction. There’s no obligation from a conversation.
  4. Connect with electricians
    To get first-hand knowledge of the industry, you might want to speak to existing electricians. Training providers can connect you with previous students, or you could look in local directories or LinkedIn.
  5. Start!

Once you know the career path you would like to take and understand what you need to do to reach your goals, you’re ready to begin and put the spark back into your career.

For advice on how you can kickstart your career in electrics, get in touch or call 0800 802 1306.

All data correct at time of publication.