How to become an electrician

Start a rewarding career as an electrician

If you are interested in becoming an electrician an apprenticeship can offer you a great way of achieving your goal.  Apprenticeships are work-based, government funded, training programmes for people aged 16 and over that lead to a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships are suitable for you if you are just starting out in your career, or if you have been working for some time in the sector and want to get formal qualifications. They are also suitable for you if you have been working in a different sector and you are looking to change careers.

About JTL

JTL is 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. We currently work with 8,000 learners and train more apprentices than anyone else in the building services engineering sector.

We are helping thousands of people in England and Wales to launch exciting careers as electricians in the building services engineering sector through our electrical engineering apprenticeship course.

Why choose JTL

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

  • JTL Training Centres and partner colleges located throughout England and Wales
  • 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 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.

Career progression

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 £32k per year (£32,540)*

*Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2021 complied by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Data is published annually in November.



How to apply


Complete online application form


Pass our JTL initial assessment


Take an electrical colour blind test