There are so many options available for trainees looking to enter the electrical industry therefore it is essential that you choose the right level of learning.
If you want to train to become a qualified electrician that is able to work on domestic and commercial projects as varied as rewiring a house to testing the safety of office equipment, there is an industry recognised route that you should follow.
Anyone looking to start learning electrical work should typically start with the City & Guilds 2330 level 2 course before gaining on the job experience alongside a qualified electrician.
Once you have achieved the City & Guilds 2330 level 2 qualification, the natural progression is to take the level 3 section of the same award as completing this will enable you to gain an NVQ.
The next step after gaining the level 3 is to take an Inspection and Testing courses because this will qualify you to work on commercial properties whereas a Part P qualification will enable you to perform jobs in domestic buildings.
If you want to go down the domestic installer route in order to carry out conventional household jobs such as light installation and cable routing it is essential that you take a Part P course.
Trainees that are completely new to the world of electrics might find that taking an introductory course is the most advisable structure of learning as this will provide a taster of what it takes to become a successful electrician.
Taking an introductory course will help inform you about what type of electrician you would like to train to be because whether it is a domestic installer or fully qualified engineer, the choice is yours.
If you have already qualified as an electrician but want to retrain, specialise or learn more in order to become more employable, there are a multitude of training options available.
It is increasingly important that electrical engineers have cutting-edge skills in the current economic climate so if you are already qualified, you may want to look into the world of renewable technology.
Specialist courses providing teaching in solar photovoltaic technology are becoming more popular as engineers attempt to benefit from the work generated in the expanding renewable energy industry.
Solar technology qualifications are provided by City & Guilds, the British Plumbing Employers Council and the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.
To ensure that you find the right electrical training centre arrange to view their facilities so that you can talk to instructors and ask current students about their learning experience.