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Electrician apprenticeships28th November 2012, 09:58
You could be forgiven for thinking that an electrician apprenticeship would just teach you how to fix dodgy light fittings and do a bit of wiring, but that's definitely not the case: yes, you could be working in people's homes, but you could also equally well be working on commercial premises maintaining and repairing electrical appliances there.
So what does an electrician apprenticeship actually teach you then?
Well, first off there’s the health and safety element, something ignored by - or unknown to - far too many DIY enthusiasts who, in far too many cases, find themselves on the receiving end of an electric shock.
You'll learn all about house wiring circuits and switches, and you may even get hands-on experience of undoing the damage done to them by those aforementioned DIY enthusiasts.
Obviously, the scope of your duties depends entirely on the services provided by the company taking your on as an apprentice, so instead of light domestic appliance and wiring work, you could find yourself working on the factory floor maintaining, repairing and upgrading heavy-duty machinery.
But no matter who takes you on as an apprentice, you'll be spending most of your working week learning the basics, as well as how to use the tools of your trade while picking up tips and techniques known to the professionals.
There will be times when you return to the classroom, not just to study towards a nationally recognised qualification but also to learn the theory behind your trade, so you can return to the workplace - wherever it may be - and put that theory into practice.
At the end of your basic apprenticeship, you’ll have the most up-to-date and relevant qualifications required by the industry, giving you a greater chance of success when applying for work. Not only that, but you’ll also have the experience employers are looking for, as well as a good grounding in the trade, so you can expect a starting salary of around £20,000.
After a few years, you might decide working for yourself is a better option, in which case you will have to take on an administrative role to make sure your appointments are noted down properly and that your accounts are in order... but to compensate for that, you would be able to charge as much as you like.
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