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