As a qualified electrician, you would fit, test and repair the electrical circuits and wiring found in homes and businesses. Your work might range from fitting a bathroom shower in a customer’s home to laying cabling in a new office development.

Qualifications for an Electrician include City & Guild Theory parts 1, 2 & 3, (sometimes titled A, B & C) plus the 17th edition IEE Wiring Regulations or the Electro technical Services NVQ at Level 3.

These Electrical qualifications are made up of theory and practical work in the classroom/training facility and work based experience with a working Electrician.

Colleges should help students find a work position, although many students organise it themselves.

Your employer may ask you to take another qualification although this is not essential; City & Guilds (2391) Inspection, Testing and Certification of Installations.

Typical duties include

  • Working from plans to fit wiring, sockets and points.
  • Carrying out an initial installation, known as the ‘first fix’ – fitting wiring along wall cavities and through ceilings and floors.
  • Fitting fuse boxes, circuit-breakers and earth terminals.
  • Mounting back-boxes on walls to take plug sockets and points.
  • Carrying out a ‘second-fix’ – connecting wiring to sockets, switches, light fittings and appliances.

On commercial projects your tasks would be on a larger scale, for example:

  • Laying the cabling connecting office equipment to power supplies and computer networks.
  • Installing fire alarms and security systems like CCTV.
  • Inspecting and testing wiring systems and equipment.

Skills Required

  • Good practical skills to work with hand and power tools
  • The ability to follow technical drawings and instructions
  • A methodical approach to work and the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • The ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • A thorough understanding of electrical safety rules and regulations.

Further Training

There are specific areas of electrics you can train to do such as portable appliance testing (PAT), electrical safety and part P and environmental technologies (installing solar electric systems). With experience you can progress to supervisory positions or move into related areas of work within a company, such as estimating and contract management.

Guideline figures for Electrician salaries

Starting salaries can be up to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £23,000 and £28,000. Experienced electricians with specialist grading can earn over £30,000 a year.

How to apply

To be considered for all employment and training opportunities on site you must complete our Employment and Training Registration Form.

Contact information

For further details please contact:

Kate Candler, Willmott Dixon Housing on: 01462 814455.