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Created On: 21 January 2019 02:35 PM
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 21 January 2019 02:35 PM
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What is a course of action that an aspiring 21 year old person can take to become an apprentice electrician these days? He has an A level in physics. He says that he has applied to his local college but it can not offer courses at present. He wants to progress his career from menial part time jobs to a secure career in the electrical industry. I know that the colleges are struggling to get lectures in electrical installation and may be uncertain about future courses. But there must be a route that he can take.

Any advice please?

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 21 January 2019 03:20 PM
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John Peckham

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If he has A level physics then he could go straight on to a Level 2 installation class. Getting a place may be difficult at a college but this would be a good place to start. Check with the the local colleges to see when the next Level 2 term starts and start the application process ASAP.

Getting a part time job labouring for a sparks would be a good indication of intent to assist chances of getting a college place and going valuable experience. Even working for free is tough but the experience is valuable.

Apprentiships are hard to come by but a call to JTL would be worthwhile.

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 21 January 2019 04:15 PM
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Legh

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IMO JTL are the best electrical training brokers around at the moment. However, If your chap is more midland based then a company like Clarkson Evans have their own training apprenticeships. They generally deal with new build installations.

There does appear to be a desparate shortage of qualified and experienced electrical tutors. I'm being approached by agencies everyday with offers of teaching jobs. Not that I'm prepared to travel the length and breadth of the country for various reasons.

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 21 January 2019 04:22 PM
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Thanks,

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 21 January 2019 05:00 PM
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Weirdbeard2

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You could offer him a bit of work experience?
 22 January 2019 11:17 AM
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Originally posted by: Weirdbeard2

You could offer him a bit of work experience?


Indeed I can when I am able. He lives a distance away and my work is specialised and limited. I will help him where I can.

I am frustrated at the situation where young people are hindered in their attempts to become electricians. The cost is a barrier, and opportunities as well.

When I took myself to college years ago I had a day off work with no pay, but the cost to me of the college education was affordable. Now it's astronomical. One private company trainer is offering a 16 week course to C&G 2365 and 18th edition regs at over £7,000. That is out of the reach of most people.

Z.

Edited: 22 January 2019 at 11:24 AM by Zoomup
 22 January 2019 11:30 AM
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dustydazzler

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About 10 years ago a good friend of mine quit his job as a leisure centre swimming pool manager and retrained at his local adult training centre to become a domestic electrician installer. Cost him about £7500 all in I believe including exam fees etc etc
Took him 6 weeks iirc.
He is now running is own electrical business (niceic approved) in Hampshire and employes 1 other person.
Mainly installing Solar Panels but does new builds etc
It can be done but you have to be bold.
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