There are many reasons for the choices we make concerning jobs and careers. Maybe you didn’t have the money to pay for the training you needed to get the career you wanted. Maybe circumstances necessitated you to get a job—any job—right away. The way the government has changed the way you can complete your training now allows you to take courses to become an electrician while still maintaining your current job so you can pay of that training or continue to support a family.
The government’s Sector Skills Council, Summit Skills has set up a revamped framework, called the Qualifications and Credit Framework that breaks down the credits you need to receive your diploma and National Vocational Qualifications. The idea behind the framework is that you can classes based on your schedule and eventually put the earned credits together to form an accepted qualification. The breakdown looks like this:
- Award – 1 to 12 credit qualifications
- Certificate – 13 to 36 credit qualifications
- Diploma – 37+ credit qualifications
You can get these electrician qualifications through the City and Guilds 2365 course, which does not require you to have an employer for apprenticeship until you have completed the course. Or you can complete your training with the City and Guilds 2357 course. You will still need to work and get training in the practical skills needed to get your full qualification as an electrician, but this can be done at a later date.
Once you have finished the Award requirements, you can then find employment for your apprenticeship or work as a domestic electrical installer and then continue your training. After completing the next phase of your credit training, you will be able to apply for an ESC card from the Joint Industry Board.
Another option is to become a domestic installer. You can take the Level 3 Certificate in Installation, Testing, and making sure Compliance of Electrical Installations. This is a comprehensive course that will teach you the skills you need to become a residential electrical installer. You can work in the field learning and training in practical skills and eventually move on to the Level 3 NVQ diploma and full certification. This Level 3 Certificate course also covers the 17th Edition of wiring regulations to put you in compliance with Building Regulations Part P. Not only will you receive classroom lesson in theory, you will also be taught practical skills in fully-equipped workshops. The course covers:
- installation of equipment
- industry-stand circuit layouts
- regulations and principles of inspecting and testing systems and certifying those systems
- wiring regulations including fault protection, switching, selection and installation of equipment
- installation workshops covering transformers, relays, conduits, and cables
- maximum demand and overload protection
You will be tested with both written exams and practical assessments to determine your level of knowledge and acquired skills so that you can earn your certificate and begin work as a residential electrical systems installer and inspector. Once you begin working you can eventually enroll in the NVQ diploma program so you can become a fully qualified electrician and leave your current job behind.
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