Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship

The Electrician Apprenticeship course is the level 3 electrotechnical qualification to develop the skills, knowledge, and behaviours to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial, and domestic environments.

One of six ‘gold-standard’ green apprenticeships

One of six ‘gold-standard’ green apprenticeships

The Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship has been officially handpicked by the Department for Education (DfE) as one of six ‘gold-standard’ green apprenticeships to mark the King’s coronation. A new coronation emblem has been assigned to the apprenticeship signifying its status as a leading course.

The updated Standard for this apprenticeship came into effect on 4th September 2023, and all ESFA funded apprentices starting from this date will follow this Standard. The Standard will provide apprentices with the necessary expertise to competently install and connect a wide range of eco-friendly technologies, including training in Electric Vehicle charging techniques, Solar PV installation and battery storage.

Course overview

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner.

 

Usually 4 years. If you already have some qualifications in electrical engineering, the length of the course may be shorter.

 

The full training cost for an Electrical Apprenticeship is £20,000 however, as an apprentice you will not be required to pay anything towards your apprenticeship other than any travel costs you may incur getting to and from your employer’s workplace.

For employers there is no cost for hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18years. If you recruit an apprentice aged 19 or over then the costs are 5 percent of the full cost of the apprenticeship (e.g. £1000 over 4 years).

For apprentice wages, JTL recommend that employers follow the JIB pay rates but that may not be what you agree with your employer. As a minimum, you need to be paid the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices as specified by the government.

Please note: Apprentices who are aged between 16 and 24 years old, and who have been in local authority care are eligible to receive a bursary. This payment is paid directly to eligible apprentices via JTL. It can only be received once by an individual care leaver. For apprentices starting their apprenticeship on or after 1 August 2023, the bursary will be £3,000. It is payable in instalments over the first year of the apprenticeship.

 

For apprenticeships funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in England

For those starting BEFORE 01 August 2024
You will need to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, if you haven’t already achieved these qualifications or equivalent GCSEs. Equivalent GCSEs are grade C or higher or grade 4 or higher.

These qualifications need to be achieved before the End Point Assessment is taken, usually in Year 4 of the apprenticeship.

For those starting ON OR AFTER 01 August 2024
Important notice: our entry requirements are changing for all apprenticeships starts as of 1st August 2024. Find out more.

For apprenticeships funded by the Welsh Government click here

Additional information:
You will need to be aged 16 and over for your employer to benefit from support funding.  If you are 19 or older, your employer may need to put some of their own money towards your studies.

You will need to have been a UK resident for the previous three years, or a national of any European Union (EU) country or European Economic Area (EEA) for the previous three years. This is unless you have an immigration status which exempts you from the three-year residency requirement. Contact JTL for more information about this.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still in education, but you need to have left before you can start with us. As a rule of thumb, you must have left compulsory education after the last Friday in June of the academic year in which you are applying.

You will need an employer before you can start an apprenticeship, although you can apply before you’ve arranged one.

If you are colour-blind then you will be unlikely to be accepted for an electrical apprenticeship for health and safety reasons. If you would like to discuss this further please free to contact us.

 

Qualification: Level 3 Electrotechnical qualification
Awarding body: EAL

You can view full details of the Standard and the End Point Assessment here.

 

Course Facts

Module information

Course Details 

This course normally operates on a typical day release plan, but will vary in different local colleges and on block release, where generally the classroom based knowledge units are delivered over two years.

Apprentices will complete the level 3 electrotechnical qualification to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. 

Year 1

Understand health, safety and environmental considerations:

This unit will give learners an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation, practices and procedures when installing and maintaining electrical systems and equipment. The knowledge covered in this unit underpins the practical application of Health and Safety legislation, practices and procedures

Understand health, safety and environmental considerations:

This unit will give learners an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation, practices and procedures when installing and maintaining electrical systems and equipment. The knowledge covered in this unit underpins the practical application of Health and Safety legislation, practices and procedures

Electrical scientific principles and technologies:

This unit allows the learners to understand the relationship between electrical scientific principles and the competencies required of a qualified electrical operative. Its content is the knowledge needed by a learner to underpin the application of skills in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.

Understand design and installation practices and procedures:

This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the skills required, and apply the associated knowledge, in order that they are able to demonstrate the competence required to design, prepare and install wiring systems and associated equipment in buildings, structures and the environment in accordance with approved industry practices, statutory and non-statutory regulations: The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) The current edition of BS767, Health & Safety Act (1974), Building Regulations (2000)

This unit allows the learners to understand the relationship between electrical scientific principles and the competencies required of a qualified electrical operative. Its content is the knowledge needed by a learner to underpin the application of skills in the installation and maintenance of electrical systems and equipment.

Understand design and installation practices and procedures:

This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the skills required, and apply the associated knowledge, in order that they are able to demonstrate the competence required to design, prepare and install wiring systems and associated equipment in buildings, structures and the environment in accordance with approved industry practices, statutory and non-statutory regulations: The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) The current edition of BS767, Health & Safety Act (1974), Building Regulations (2000)

Year 2
Understand how to plan and oversee electrical work activities:

This unit is designed to enable learners to understand the practices and procedures used when planning electrical installation and maintenance work activities. Its content is the knowledge needed by a learner to underpin the application of skills for overseeing and organising the work environment.

Understand how to plan and oversee the electrical work environment:

This unit covers the requirements for learners to Understand the requirements for liaising with others when organising and overseeing work activities, Understand the requirements for organising and overseeing work programmes, Understand the requirements for organising the provision and storage of resources that are required for work activities.

Understand design and installation practices and procedures:

This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the skills required, and apply the associated knowledge, in order that they are able to demonstrate the competence required to design, prepare and install wiring systems and associated equipment in buildings, structures and the environment in accordance with approved industry practices, statutory and non-statutory regulations: The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) The current edition of BS767, Health & Safety Act (1974), Building Regulations (2000).

Year 3
Understand inspection, testing and commissioning:

This unit is designed to enable learners to understand principles, practices and legislation for the initial verification of electrical installations, with statutory and non-statutory regulations and requirements. Its content is the knowledge needed by a learner to underpin the application of skills for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrical installations.

Understand fault diagnosis and rectification:

This unit is designed to enable learners to understand principles, practices and legislation associated with diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment in accordance with statutory and non-statutory regulations and requirements. Its content is the knowledge needed by a learner to underpin the application of skills used for fault diagnosis and correction in electrical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment.

Understand the Requirements of BS7671:

This unit covers Regulations BS 7671: 2018. and is designed as a standalone unit and should be used in conjunction with the standards set for the qualification to ensure full coverage of the learning requirements

Year 4

Preparing for and taking the End Point Assessment – AM2S

The course is delivered via day release over an academic calendar year at a JTL training centre or college partner near you however, some regions may offer block release. This will be discussed with you before you start.

Each apprentice will be allocated a dedicated Training Office to monitor and assess their learning progress throughout their apprenticeship.

There will be an End Point Assessment usually taken in Year 4 of the apprenticeship called the AM2S.

You can view full details of the Standard and the End Point Assessment here.

Fully qualified electrical apprentices can progress into roles such as supervising an apprentice, other supervisory roles, project management, owning and managing their own business, advanced engineering design and planning, teaching or training others.

As a fully qualified electrician you can go on to earn over £34k per year (£34,959)*

*Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2022 provisional data complied by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Data is published annually in November.

1 – Complete online application form


 

2- Pass our JTL initial assessment


3- Take an electrical colour blind test with a qualified Optician

Apprenticeship courses

JTL are one of the largest work-based learning providers in England and Wales. Working with over 3,800 businesses from large corporations to small local suppliers.

Why choose JTL

We offer a range of benefits for both apprentices and their employers.

Free starter toolkit for apprentices in their first year*
Free study books for apprentices to support with theoretical knowledge
Support from a dedicated JTL Training Officer
Access to our free recruitment service
Practical training in fully equipped and supervised workshops
Free advice and support from the Electrical Industries Charity
Access to the JIB Registered Electrician Skills Development Fund
A JIB PMES Apprentice or JIB ECS card
Help accessing funds to support with training costs
Ofsted have consistently awarded us as a Grade 2 GOOD Provider
Our Regional and National Awards which celebrates high achieving apprentices
Apprentices will gain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card – to evidence they have the appropriate training and qualifications and are safe to work on construction sites.
**Once you have completed 3 months of your apprenticeship.

Apprentice FAQS

What does JTL do?

JTL is an independent training provider. We deliver the training and coordinate all aspects of your apprenticeship. We are not your employer nor your college tutor (unless you attend a JTL Training Centre). Should you meet all of our entry requirements and begin the course, we will assess you on site and help you to collate your log book, portfolio and all site evidence. We will source and register you for your training centre placement. If you’re attending a JTL Training Centre our tutors will also assess you in that training centre environment. We can act as a confidant should you experience any concerns, worries or doubts with any aspect of your training… or indeed in life itself.  We will help you with portfolio building sessions, AM2 refreshers, exam re-sits, and so on. We will evidence your progress, support you with any issues, and congratulate you on your achievements. We won’t be holding your hand while you do this as it’s up to you to put in the hard work, but we will be there for you whenever you need support.

Use of digital photography

As part of the apprenticeship application process, you will be asked to provide a digital photograph of yourself. This is so that we can register you with the JIB and obtain your JIB ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Card which you will need as proof of identity to access some work sites.

When undertaking your apprenticeship, you will also need to include photographs of yourself completing practical work for job reports, and to provide documentary evidence in your logbook for aspects of your work.

Registering you with the JIB

Please ensure the digital photo you send us for your JIB ECS card meets the following quality criteria:

Your photo must be:

  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall (portrait format)
  • at least 50KB and no more than 10MB

It must:

  • contain no other objects or people
  • be taken against a plain light-coloured background
  • be in clear contrast to the background
  • not have ‘red eye’
  • If you’re using a photo taken on your own device, include your head and shoulders.

In your photo you must:

  • be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  • have your eyes open and visible
  • not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
  • not have anything covering your face
  • However, unlike a passport photograph you can smile if you wish to!

Please note:  If your apprenticeship is funded by the Welsh Government, we need your consent to issue the Welsh version of your JIB card. We also need your consent to use and share with applicable parties any other images of you that are used to document evidence of your work during your apprenticeship.

What happens with my Colour Vision Certificate?

Yes, we know; you’ve already completed a screener online as part of your application.

JTL, as a training provider, adheres to certain industry standards, so to progress your application from this stage to becoming a live apprentice, we will need an optician to confirm your colour vision results. You can download a copy of our Colour Vision Certificate here” and switch the link to the CVE cert instead of login.

Where should I start looking for an employer?

We’d always say make the most of online resources. The internet is your oyster! Current JTL apprenticeship vacancies can be found on our website, and we actively work with www.apprenticeships.org.uk and with Find An Apprenticeship. It’s also worth checking out www.yell.com,  www.eca.co.uk, www.thebesa.comwww.jib.org.ukwww.aphc.co.uk and www.ucas.com/apprenticeships.

Think of it as if you were a potential customer looking for a tradesman/ specialist – and you may well be surprised how many are local to you (but don’t forget those that work nationally too). Don’t be afraid to make direct contact and show how enthusiastic you are – just remember that they are busy too, so don’t “pester” them either.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to your local job centre and having a look in the local paper. It’s a tough industry to find work in, so we’d recommend creating a good CV, and making sure you keep this up to date. If you want to send this out to employers (as well as upload to your JTL account), ensure you write a new cover letter with each application. Best of luck!

What happens when I apply to a vacancy advertised by JTL?

If you’ve applied to JTL for a specific vacancy advertised on the Government’s apprenticeship website, you’ll need to make sure all aspects of your JTL application are completed. Get in touch if you’re unsure. After that, it will be up to the employer, should they choose to get in touch with you.

Please don’t rely on one application for an employer or apprenticeship. Apply for the employers you can genuinely see yourself working for, and always make sure the pay, holidays, hours etc. are acceptable to you. JTL cannot comment on those, as we don’t get involved in the contract between employer (them) and employee (you), but you’re more than welcome to contact us if you wish. Think about what type of environment you’d like to work in. Do you want to stay fairly local, or does the idea of working on lots of jobs, travelling with your colleagues and visiting new towns and cities appeal to you?

I’ve already got an employer, and they’ve agreed to take me on. Why do I have to do the Entry Assessment or telephone discussion?

We’re just trying to cover all bases. Some employers will recruit on a temporary or trial basis, so we wouldn’t want to you hang your entire application on something that might not last. We’d prefer to have a backup. If you complete all of the Entry Assessment and the telephone discussion, should anything go wrong (fingers crossed it doesn’t) in your employment, all of the great stuff about you is there, ready & waiting to be passed out to another prospective employer.

I’ve done the profile questions in the Entry Assessment. Why do I need the telephone discussion?

Basically, we’d like to speak to you! The questions are different, and so we’d like to hear some different responses from you. We also want for you to know who’s actually at the end of the phone. Our JTL Customer Service representatives speak to thousands of candidates each year, so we’d like to call you, find out what’s special and unique about you, and record it, so we can let potential employers know too.

What if I have any Additional Learning Needs?

That’s fine with us, you can still make the application to JTL, and you can flourish on the apprenticeship of your choice. We have a dedicated team who offer additional learning support to apprentices who would benefit from extra help. Please let us know about your learning needs so that we can put support in place.  This can include things like reading and writing support, extra time in exams and help with study skills and exam preparation.

Declaring additional learning needs will not affect your apprenticeship application, it just helps us to help you.

When would I next hear from JTL?

We will keep in touch with you through some automated emails requesting you confirm your interest in the scheme, but in normal circumstances, our Customer Service Unit won’t be contacting you via the telephone again. However, we’re always happy for you to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.