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Career Routes and Specialisms

Once you’ve completed an apprenticeship there’s a wide range of routes you can follow – you may wish to stay in a site based role or look at something such as design or project management. The options are varied depending on your skills, strengths and what sort of career path you’d like to take.

Explore further to find out more about the different specialisms within the industry and read about other people who are enjoying a career in this area.

If you like to be specific and precise this is a great job for you, as you'll need great attention to detail to not just install the systems in line with the technical drawings, but also test them carefully to ensure they're working properly and safely.

Depending on which route you take and what further training you do, you can start to move into more technical responsibility as you gain more experience.

This route includes roles such as:

  • Electrician
  • Technician
  • Test Engineer
Dillon Jones

Dillon JonesApprentice Electrician

As a skilled person, you can also in time move into a supervisory or site manager role where you'll have more responsibility and will be overseeing others and keeping your colleagues and clients informed about the project. This route includes roles such as:
  • Supervisor
  • Site Manager
  • Senior Site Manager

As an Estimator, your job is to work out how much a job is likely to cost so that you know how much to charge the client. To do this you'll be working with special estimating software and producing documents like a ‘Bill of Quantities’ which lists all materials, parts and labour that will be used for the project.

As you can imagine it's a big responsibility to ensure all costs are accounted for and have been calculated correctly! So if you love numbers and accuracy this is a great area for you.

This route includes roles such as:

  • Estimator
  • Senior Estimator
  • Estimating Manager
John Townsend

John TownsendEstimator

Contract management and project management can often overlap depending on what size of the company you're working for, but it's all about delivering the job and meeting the customer's requirements. Once you win a piece of work from a customer and start work on the project, you'll need to make sure everything is running smoothly and is not going over-budget.

You will be attending meetings, making sure the site team is performing to target, producing progress reports and keeping an eye on valuations and expenditure. Good organisational and planning skills are a must!

This route includes roles such as:

  • Contracts Manager
  • Project Engineer and Project Manager
  • Commissioning Engineer and Commissioning Manager

This is a great role if you're creative and technical – as an electrical designer, you'll look at what electrical systems the customer needs, then design all the plans and equipment to turn the wish into reality! You'll learn all the important things you need to take into account, such as equipment, power requirements, cable sizes and building regulations. Using specialist computer software you will create the designs for each project and work with colleagues and clients for approval.

As the project progresses you might need to adapt your designs to overcome certain challenges or restrictions. So good problem-solving skills will come in handy! You'll also need great communication skills to help explain your designs to those who need to work with them.

This route includes roles such as:

  • Design Engineer
  • Principal Design Engineer
  • Design Manager
Ben White

Ben WhitePrincipal Design Engineer

Many business owners and managing directors in the electrical and electrotechnical sectors started off as an apprentice and worked their way up – you can too! When you're in charge of the business you'll be responsible for every area of the company: finance, customer services, sales, staff welfare, health and safety, legal and environmental. It can be challenging but it's also very rewarding – you could be heading up a small business of 3-10 employees or managing a national company with over 250 staff. With an apprenticeship under your belt, there are lots of opportunities to progress in the industry and take the route you wish to follow. At this level you could be:
  • Director
  • Managing Director
  • Chief Executive
Matt Wilson

Matt WilsonChief Executive