Knowledge and Skills

Electricians will use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply their technical and practical skills. They will contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services. Electricians must:

  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems.
  • Understand and apply the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment.
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment.
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment.
  • Understand and apply the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems.
  • Oversee and organise the work environment.

In addition, Installation Electricians must:

  • Understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

Maintenance Electricians must:

  • Understand and apply the practices and procedures for planning and preparing to maintain electrotechnical systems and equipment.

In all of these activities, Electricians must understand and apply health and safety and environmental regulations, guidance notes and relevant codes of practice; and the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations.

Behaviours

Electricians will be expected to:

  • Work reliably and effectively without close supervision.
  • Accept responsibility for the work of themselves and others.
  • Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks.
  • Use oral, written and electronic methods for the communication of technical and other information.
  • Work effectively with colleagues, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public.
  • Undertake work in a way that contributes to sustainable development.
  • Maintain and enhance competence in own area.
  • Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

The selection process will include a basic Initial Assessment and an in depth interview during which an apprentices suitability, commitment and interest for the programme will be determined.

To be accepted onto the programme apprentices must have achieved GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English or Level 1 in Functional Skills Maths and English or equivalent. If these grades have been attained, apprentices may be exempted from the functional skills components of the framework. However if apprentices do not have the required grades, additional support will be provided to be brought up to the required level, dependant on the initial assessment results.

Employers will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary Health and Safety arrangements in place to satisfy legislative requirements, and that they are able to provide apprentices with the full range of work to successfully complete the Apprenticeship framework.

How do you become an Apprentice?

You might already be employed but if not, we may be able to help you find a suitable vacancy. View the Apprenticeships we currently have available at: www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/jobs/show/apprenticeship-jobs

Candidates will be required to achieve the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance).

Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice can apply to be recognised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) against the Engineering Council’s UK Spec as an Engineering Technician. This will enable them to have professional recognition and adopt (EngTech) in their title.

On-programme (Typically 42-48 months)

  • Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance)

End Point Assessment Gateway

Before going forward for end-point assessment the apprentice must have completed:

  • Employer is satisfied the apprentice is consistently working at, or above, the level of the occupational standard
  • Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 2 must achieve level 2 prior to taking their EPA
  • Achieved the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance)

End Point Assessment

Assessment method 1: AM2. The AM2 is a robust, timed (16.5 hours typically over 2 and a half days) practical and theory (40 multiple-choice questions) assessment in sections, requiring candidates to perform a set of common tasks and procedures that a full scope electrical operative might face when working in commercial or industrial premises as well as dwellings.

It assesses candidates on installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding; their work must comply with BS 7671, be in line with relevant health and safety legislation and conform to current industry practices and procedures.

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • If you are an employer with over 50 employees or, are employing an apprentice over the age of 19 (without a EHCP) you will be required to pay 5% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship Training.
  • If you are a levy paying company then you will pay for the training from your levy account.
  • Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit the CITB website.

Course Information


Duration: Typically 42-48 months plus EPA

Mandatory Entry Requirements: See Mandatory Entry Requirements

Dates: Various

Funding: See Grants and Funding


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