An Apprenticeship is a mixture of work based and college training; you’ll earn money while you learn a trade. All of our Apprenticeships are industry approved to ensure you gain the skills you will need throughout a sustained career. The Electrical Installation apprenticeship scheme will qualify you as a professional Electrician as well as giving you the option to gain further industry recognised qualifications as well as membership of professional bodies such as the JIB. On Site provides all apprentices with personal protective equipment and a tool kit before you get started.
Electrical installation & maintenance is a skilled trade which requires 3-4 years of training. Electricians inspect, test and install wiring systems and equipment to approved standards. They need a full understanding of the maths and science involved as well as the day to day practical skills of the trade. The type of work they do depends on their specialist training and experience; it could involve work indoors in a customer’s house, in a factory, office or workshop, or outdoors on a building site. Typical tasks could include running cables, wiring switches and consumer units to working on larger commercial equipment. An Electrician will be practical and enjoy working with their hands but also methodical and ready to solve problems as they occur.
Depending on the size and nature of the projects, electricians will be responsible for any of the following:
- Assessing plans to work out where wiring and plug sockets will need to be fitted.
- Installing initial wires along the ceilings, walls and floors – this is known as the ‘first fix.’
- Fitting fuse boxes, earth terminals and circuit breakers
- Mounting back boxes on walls for the points and sockets
- Connecting initial wiring to sockets, switches, light fittings, power supplies, computer networks and appliances – this is known as the ‘second fix.’
- Installing alarms and security systems
- Testing wiring and electric equipment for faults
- Fixing faults that come to light through testing – this is known as ‘remedial repair work.’
- Installing telecommunications networks
- Laying cabling (particularly in offices) to connect computers and other equipment to power supplies.