An apprenticeship is a job where you’ll also carry out training to industry standards. It’s all about earning while you learn, gaining a nationally-recognised qualification and developing technical skills to set you off to the best start in your career.
During your apprenticeship you’ll train with a college or training provider (off-the-job training), but also importantly with your employer in the office and onsite (on-the-job training). The whole training programme will take around four years to complete.
At the end of your apprenticeship you’ll need to complete what’s called an ‘end-point assessment’ which puts all of your learning and skills to the test.
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) publishes ‘apprenticeship standards’ for England, which map out a profile of each apprenticeship and shows what knowledge and skills you’ll need in the workplace.
You can view electrotechnical apprenticeship standards on the IFATE website:
- Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician
- Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician
- Network Cable Installer
- Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer – currently in development
In Scotland, electrical installation apprentices will be following the Modern Apprenticeship framework