Electrical Apprenticeships

About Electrical Sector

The electrical contracting industry is part of the construction industry. As an electrician you will be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical services and could be working in a variety of different environments ranging from construction sites to office buildings alongside other tradespeople such as carpenters and plumbers.

Working as an electrician you need to be good at solving problems, structuring your workload and enjoy working as part of a team.

What you'll be doing

Some of the main duties and responsibilities an electrician will be expected to do are:

  • Install, maintain and repair electrical equipment such as power socket, lights, fire alarms and heating
  • Work in varied environments both indoors and outdoors
  • Self motivated and use their own initiative
  • Develop good working relationships with colleagues, other trades and customers
  • Understand and use building and engineering drawings
  • Understand wiring and circuit diagrams
  • Inspect and test electrical installations
  • Diagnose and rectify faults across a range of circuits and equipment

Working as electrician is varied, interesting and demanding and can offer a challenging and rewarding career.

How do you get into the industry

A typical personal specification of an apprentice working in the electrical installation industry would be someone that is practical, is well presented and possess a willingness to work hard in order to achieve the knowledge and skills to become a fully qualified electrician.

You do not always need academic qualifications to start a career in the electrical industry however candidates wishing to become a apprentice electrician will have at least 3 GCSE’s at C grade or above, one being in a technical or science subject. A good grasp of maths and English is also important.

Further Progression

There are significant progression opportunities within the industry with career paths into the more technical areas or management.
To find out more about the industry, please refer to www.jib.org.uk

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Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required, although Maths, English and ICT are preferred.


This will be dependent on the size of the employer and if the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer. This can be discussed with Total People Ltd.  

​Pathways to Apprenticeship - Level 1


This qualification is for those wanting to enter the Electrical industry. It gives you the choice to pick up some core skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to progress onto either our Level 2 & 3 Electrical Installation qualifications.

These qualifications are aimed at learners who want to learn the basic skills and knowledge of Electrical Installation.

What qualifications will I gain?

•    Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation
•    Functional Skills Maths Level 1
•    Functional Skills English Level 1
•    Functional Skills ICT Level 1

Entry requirements:

No formal qualifications needed.

Length of the course:

12 months

Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3

What qualifications will I gain?

•    Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment)
•    Functional Skills Maths Level 2
•    Functional Skills English Level 2
•    Functional Skills ICT Level 2

On successful completion of the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply for an ECS Grading Card. This is the sole ID and competence card scheme for Electricians in the UK. Length of the course - 3 1/2 years

Entry requirements:

No formal qualifications are required, although, ICT, English & Maths are preferred.

Length of the course:

3 1/2 years Approximately


Electrical Apprentice

Chemical Support Systems Ltd in Winsford
£11,994 per year
42 months duration

Electrician Apprentice - Doncaster

First Bus in Doncaster
£10,651 per year
4 years duration