Starting as a trainee is a smart choice for launching your career. It provides hands-on experience, mentorship, and a chance to learn industry-specific skills. Trainee jobs offer a pathway to develop expertise, gain industry insights, and pave the way for future growth and advancement in your chosen field.
But, before you start your journey as a trainee electrician we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions about this route. Learn about the education and gain practical experience to launch your career in electrical work.
What Are Trainee Jobs?
Are Trainee Jobs Paid?
Trainee positions typically offer entry-level salaries or stipends, which are often lower than the average pay for experienced professionals. However, trainee jobs provide valuable learning opportunities and serve as stepping stones for career advancement.
However, as a trainee electrician, individuals will typically earn £10-£12 per hour. This can rise as the individual gains more experience.
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How Do I Know If A Job Is Worth Applying To?
When looking through job descriptions, it’s always best to apply if it’s listed as ‘entry-level’ or trainee/apprentice-level. If the company are only looking for people with extensive experience, they will mention that in the job description.
Similarly, if an agency posts a job advert, it’s best to call before applying, as they often copy/paste adverts from other companies or use a template they have created for prior job roles.
What Are The Requirements For A Trainee Electrician Job?
Unlike most trainee jobs, trainee electricians will first require a JIB-registered ECS trainee electrician card. To obtain this, the individual must be enrolled on an industry-recognised electrician course, eventually leading to an ECS gold card. The individual must also complete an ECS Health, Safety & Environmental Assessment.
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What Should I Expect From A Trainee Electrician Job?
Typically, you’ll be expected to safely perform a range of electrical work, from maintenance to installations, including; Rewires, Fuseboard Changes, Lighting, EV Chargers, Fault Finding and more. However, what to expect from your first trainee electrician job will vary depending on your employer and current client(s).
Where Can I Find Trainee Jobs?
As with any other job, trainee jobs are usually found on employment websites such as Reed, Total Jobs, or Indeed. However, finding available positions through Google or contacting potential employers directly through email, phone, or posting a letter is also possible.
But, if you’re enrolled on an Options Skills Electrician Course, you can utilise our in-house recruitment team, who will help you find employment.
Why Do Trainee Jobs Ask For 'Years Of Experience'?
When discussing “entry-level” job openings that require experience, it is important to determine if the job is truly entry-level. If it is, then additional experience is not necessary. Many companies have to put “entry-level” in their job descriptions to not discriminate against new candidates coming into the industry.
However, sometimes, a job description does list ‘experience required’, this is often so that the recruiter doesn’t put off experienced candidates from applying for the position (someone with experience is valuable to any employer), so it’s always best to enquire further.
How Can I Improve My Chances Of Being Hired?
When applying for positions, contacting the person in charge of the recruitment process is always best. If you can speak to them directly, they will be familiar with you when reviewing your application. In doing this, you will show a willingness to learn and enthusiasm, which go a long way in getting job roles.
Honesty is also appreciated. Employers want to know why you want to work for them. So mention you have your 18th edition and ECS trainee card on the first page of your CV. Also, include the fact you’re working towards your NVQ Level 3 with a brief description of what needs to be done to complete the course.
Finding trainee jobs can be a challenging and stressful experience, but remember that many people have gone through the same process and ultimately found success. Stay proactive, keep learning and developing your skills, and maintain a positive mindset. You’ll increase your chances of finding a job that aligns with your goals and interests.