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EXPERIENCED WORKER
ROUTE - ELECTRICAL

Our experienced worker route is aimed at those who already have experience within the electrical industry. So whether you are part qualified or a time-served electrician, we can tailor our training programme to suit you. To be eligible for the experienced worker route, you must provide proof of your experience and qualifications.

Upon completing your training, you will hold an NVQ Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification and Inspection and Testing Award, as well as years of experience in the trade. This can be used to apply for your Electrical Installer Gold Card.

OPEN
DURATION

£1,250
inc. vat

FLEXIBLE
TRAINING

WHO CAN COMPLETE THE EXPERIENCED WORKER ROUTE?

STAGE ONE

SKILL SCAN

After an induction and skill scan to assess your knowledge and suitability, a decision will be made on the route you need to take.

Open
Duration
Skills & Knowledge
STAGE TWO

PORTFOLIO
BUILDING

Work on-site alongside a mentor as a paid electrical trainee to build your NVQ portfolio.

Open
Duration
In-house Recruitment
STAGE THREE

INSPECTION &
TESTING

Demonstrate competency to inspect, test, report, and certify new and existing electrical installations.

2 Weeks
Duration
£1,295
inc. vat
STAGE FOUR

AM2
ASSESSMENT

Complete your AM2 assessment and apply for your ECS Gold Card and Installation Electrician status.

2-3 Days
Duration
£750
external fee
STAGE FIVE

ON-SITE
EXPERIENCE

Earn Approved Electrician status after two years working as an electrician in a team-leader role.

2 Years
Duration
Approved Electrician

Knowledge units are theoretical work that you will complete in your own time and at your own pace, thus cutting down on centre-led training time considerably. Support will be available to you via a nominated tutor and NVQ assessor. Remember you will need to attend the training centre to undertake an assessment for each knowledge unit. 

Whilst working in the industry, you will build your portfolio, known as Performance Units, and submit them for assessment via the online portfolio platform. You will also be subject to on-site assessment from an NVQ Qualified assessor. There will be a minimum of 2 visits from your assessor. Remember each visit will cost £250. Your assessor will work with you in order to optimise each visit.

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SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCED WORKER ROUTE

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Amy KeayAmy Keay
17:49 14 Jan 22
Option Skills - BirminghamI’m not usually a person who will write feedback on Google, but I am someone who will give credit where credit is due.I found myself in a position where I had been made redundant, and id had a conversation with someone who’d decided to go on a gas course and do this through Option Skills. After speaking with the individual, I decided that id give this a go myself to give myself a trade.I can honestly say that it is better than anything that id ever expected. Iv always been someone who had worked in finance, so doing this was new to me and I was a bit apprehensive with how it would go.I have nothing but praise to the employees at Option Skills, and I feel that they are a credit to the company.Andrew, Leanne and Shaun have been the people taking the training sessions, and what incredible people they are.They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every way possible with an extra desire to wanting to see you achieve.I have done the course for 8 weeks, and the knowledge I have picked up already is immense.If you are someone looking to get into the gas trade, I would highly recommend Option Skills as you will not be disappointed.Carl Evans
Samuel LauSamuel Lau
19:46 05 Jan 22
Although this course is intense and you will find yourself picking up a lot of information in a short space of time, Options Skills are the best way to get into the trades if you are a fast learner and are willing to work hard. The trainers are excellent (John, Steve, Thomas) and they will help you wherever they can, however be prepared to put in the work yourself in the evenings and weekends to revise and pass exams. Josh and James from the recruitment team were a joy to work with, they work tirelessly to find us all placements to start working in the industry while you complete the portfolio part of the course. I just finished the Electrical 6 week course and the lads found me a job in Birmingham city centre. With a number of exams left to do and portfolio to complete after you finish the 6 weeks in-centre, you can expect the total time to reach being qualified to be around 1-2 years.
beau clarkebeau clarke
08:12 24 Nov 21
Really recommend this training centre. Just finished a 6 week electrical installation course. Tutors Colin and John were great, they were knowledgeable professional and very supportive throughout. Josh and his recruitment team managed to find me a job in the industry starting the Monday after I finished the training. 5 stars all round from me. Thank you to everybody at option skills and keep up the good work!!!
Tom McdonaldTom Mcdonald
17:52 03 Nov 21
Great service from start to finish. Course is very well run & enjoyable. Prepares you for the world of electrics, with constant support from trainers Colin or John when needed. After the course is finished Josh and his team work around the clock to help you get a foot in the door at an electrical company. Constant support & updates, giving you confidence in what can be a hard process. Making it very smooth and simple
Kiril IvanovKiril Ivanov
07:37 14 Oct 21
John, I would like to express how much I enjoyed your classes. Thank you for making your classes special and interesting and enjoying with your innovative teaching.Thank you, for all the fun activities you included in the class to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun.Great Teachers never try to be the best teachers. They simply bring out the best in their students. You definitely are one and I want you to know this. Thank you for everything.
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EXPERIENCED WORKER ROUTE

Frequently asked questions about our experienced worker route.

To be eligible for the experienced worker route, you must be able to provide proof of experience and qualifications.

The UK electrical contractors market is reputedly worth around £18.2bn a year (source: AMA Research). However, it is highly fragmented and comprised mainly of independent contractors and sole traders.

The industry is characterised by poor service and unreliability. Consumers are wary of who they appoint and often find it challenging to find trustworthy tradespeople. But, when they do, they use them repeatedly and recommend them to other people.

The size and maturity of the sector combined with the failure of the general competition to meet customer expectations represent a real opportunity to profit from a professional and customer-focused local service.

A shortage of skilled workers and an increase in new housing means that electricians are in high demand. Those currently in the trade are earning far beyond the average UK salary, averaging around £30,784 (source: Office of National Statistics)

For more information, read How much can I earn as an electrician?

The experienced worker route costs £1,250.

Addition costs may be applicable for BS7671 18th Edition.

AM2 is undertake at an independent centre and cost will vary.

For more information on payment options, please speak to our course advisors on 0800 802 1306.

Enrolment is available at the following centres:

It is a requirement that you must complete the NVQ portfolio as a paid trainee in stage two. Therefore, we register you with ECS in stage one, allowing you to gain your ECS Trainee card.

Following stage one, our in-house recruitment team can assist you in finding employment.

They will help you create your CV and reach out to our network of employers to find suitable roles for you. From there, they will offer interview techniques and tips, supporting you throughout the interview process and during employment.

Our recruitment team have a 90% success rate in finding our students employment within one month of completing the first stage of training. 

 

Domestic Electrician 

As a domestic electrician, you’ll be qualified to work in domestic settings and carry out a range of installations, maintenance and inspection. 

Installation Electrical 

As an installation electrician, you will be qualified to work unsupervised on installing, testing, and maintaining low voltage electrical and electronic devices and appliances.  

Approved Electrician 

In the role of an approved electrician, you will be expected to design, install and verify electrical installations in both domestic and commercial settings.

We are trading standards approved training provider, meaning we have been audited by trading standards and meet their criteria.

We have over 1000 5-star views from past students across our training centres.

Established nearly ten years, we have four training centres across the UK.

We put a significant focus on practical, hands-on learning.

We keep class sizes small to ensure focused learning and plenty of individual tutor time for students.

We offer two free exam resits when necessary, deliver refresher training and provide ongoing support to all our students.

We boast our own purpose-built online learning platform to support students in their training.

Our in-house recruitment team assist students in finding employment upon completing their training.

Enrolment is available all year round for our experienced worker route.

To find out more and enrol, you can request a call back via our contact form or call us directly on 0800 802 1306. 

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