Installation Electrician Apprenticeship

An Electrician will 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. They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.

Electrical safety is an important area of Electricians’ work. On completion of their work the electrical systems must be safe to use. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others. An Installation Electrician will work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances whilst Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems.

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Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered as part of the Installation Electrician Apprenticeship?

Electricians will use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply their technical and practical skills. They will contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services.

After completing the training, Installation Electrician apprentices will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems
  • Understand and apply the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring
    systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning
    and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical
    faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Understand and apply the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and
    maintenance of electrical equipment and systems Oversee and organise the work environment.

How often do I have to attend college?

Learners will attend college for 3 – 4 years dependent on prior learning. The college term time is from September through to July. Apprentices may be able to commence the Apprenticeship programme prior to the college start date of September. Should you wish to explore this option further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Years 1 /2: Apprentices attend college once a week for 6 hours to be taught the Knowledge Units that form part of the Apprenticeship Standard and will have a workshop practical session to teach the hands-on skills..

Year 3: As above but without the workshop sessions.

Year 4: Apprentices attend college 1 day a week to complete evidence for the portfolio after this is completed and claimed they will progress to the End point Assessment of the AM2s

How will I be assessed?

Apprentices must complete the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance). Assessments that form this qualification meet agreed common assessment specifications to ensure consistency across awarding organisations. A certificate will be issued on satisfactory completion of this qualification however the wording of the certificate will make it clear that it does not indicate full competence. Once all training that makes up the apprenticeship qualification has been completed apprentices are able to apply to take the synoptic end-point assessment – AM2s. AM2s is an independent stand-alone assessment that is already well recognised in the industry. Satisfactory completion of the qualification and AM2s will demonstrate full competence and lead to the award of the apprenticeship certificate. On successful completion, an apprentice is eligible for application for professional registration as EngTech however, actual registration is not a requirement of the apprenticeship.

What can I do next?

Employment as a registered Installation Technician.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an ‘Installation Electrician’ apprentice?

Your apprentice will be able to understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

They will understand and apply the practices and procedures for planning and preparing to maintain electrotechnical systems and equipment. In all of these activities, Electricians must understand and apply health and safety and environmental regulations, guidance notes and relevant codes of practice; and the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations.

They will be expected to:

  • Work reliably and effectively without close supervision
  • Accept responsibility for the work of themselves and others
  • Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks
  • Use oral, written and electronic methods for the communication of technical and other information
  • Work effectively with colleagues, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public
  • Undertake work in a way that contributes to sustainable development
  • Maintain and enhance competence in own area
  • Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship.

Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.

Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Speak to an Advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Learners will attend college for 3 – 4 years dependent on prior learning. The college term time is from September through to July. Apprentices may be able to commence the Apprenticeship programme prior to the college start date of September. Should you wish to explore this option further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Years 1 /2: Apprentices attend college once a week for 6 hours to be taught the Knowledge Units that form part of the Apprenticeship Standard. Approximately every three weeks apprentices will have a workshop practical session to teach the hands-on skills.

Year 3: As above but without the workshop sessions.

Year 4: Apprentices attend college approximately half a day per month to complete evolution of the site based evidence.

How is the apprentice assessed?

Apprentices must complete the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation). Assessments that form this qualification meet agreed common assessment specifications to ensure consistency across awarding organisations. A certificate will be issued on satisfactory completion of this qualification however the wording of the certificate will make it clear that it does not indicate full competence. Once all training that makes up the apprenticeship qualification has been completed apprentices are able to apply to take the synoptic end-point assessment – AM2. AM2 is an independent stand-alone assessment that is already well recognised in the industry. Satisfactory completion of the qualification and AM2 will demonstrate full competence and lead to the award of the apprenticeship certificate. On successful completion, an apprentice is eligible for application for professional registration as EngTech however, actual registration is not a requirement of the apprenticeship.

What about support in the workplace?

The college provide support in the workplace through 12 weekly progression meetings involving both the apprentice and the employer. This review process is informed by the college course leader and teaching staff, and is then communicated through a discussion held between you the employer, the apprentice and the college training advisers at this 12 weekly point. Technical college staff will be on hand at any time to provide support additional to this 12 weekly meeting point.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are experts at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business – and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical trainers.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 including maths and English.

Candidates should have a strong interest in electrical work. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. Apprentices need to be employed in a suitable work placement. Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria.

In addition to meeting the published entry requirements, all learners with a contract of employment in place must also attend a taster day/interview day with the Mechanical and Electrical Services department in order to assess their suitability for the apprenticeship programme, and that only upon successful completion of this can we confirm if the learner is suitable to enrol onto the programme and commence the apprenticeship.

Looking for a new career, job or maybe a qualification to take your current role to the next level?

Previously apprenticeships were primarily aimed towards 16-18 year olds but government reforms introduced in March 2017 mean that there is no longer an upper age limit for commencing an apprenticeship, even if you already possess a degree or higher level qualification (all applicants must be eligible for funding).

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

Aged between 15 and 18

The application window for joint applications for full-time courses and apprenticeships starting in September 2023 opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.

In order to study an apprenticeship you must have an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice and have an offer of employment in place by September, ready for enrolment.

The information below applies to those:

  • currently in year 11 and looking to study on an apprenticeship upon finishing school
  • currently in year 11 and looking to make a joint full-time and apprenticeship application, so that both options are available to be pursued upon finishing school (although you can apply for both options you will eventually need to choose between a full-time programme or apprenticeship, you cannot do both at the same time)
  • currently in year 12* on a full-time course and looking to find an apprenticeship to start after the end of the summer term

If you are interested in an Apprenticeship but do not yet have a contract of employment from an employer, we strongly advise you to apply for a full-time programme as well so you have a back-up. We will process both your full-time application and apprenticeship application until you inform us that you have secured an employer and have an Apprenticeship contract in place, at which point your apprenticeship application will take priority.

If you do have an employer with an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place, we still strongly advise that you apply for a full-time programme as well so you that you have a back-up in case this falls through.

Once you have read the above please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ in the menu underneath this section and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

*If you are currently in year 12 and 13, but looking to find an apprenticeship and switch mid-year then please contact our Apprenticeship Admissions Team where they will advise you on suitable vacancies.

01206 712043 – Apprenticeship Admissions or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

Aged 19+

In order to study an apprenticeship you must have an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice and with an offer of employment in place.

Please read through the information below and follow the information that applies to your current status.

If you do have an employer with an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place then please click the button ’19+ Years – How to Apply’ located in the menu underneath this section, where you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

I am already in employment and my employer would like to put me through an apprenticeship

If you are already in employment then please contact our Apprenticeship Admissions Team where they will work with you and your employer to complete the sign-up and enrolment onto the programme.

01206 712043 – Apprenticeship Admissions or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

I don’t have an employer

If you do not have a contract offer of employment from an employer in place then there are other options available to you:

Apply for a vacancy

Employers can recruit for apprentice positions all year round. We have apprenticeship vacancies listed on our website throughout the year in a variety of industries and with employers small, medium and large.

View our live vacancies

Join Our Talent Pool

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected for interview, and send you guidance to prepare you for interview.

Join our Talent Pool

If you are unsure about any of the above and would like to speak to our apprenticeships team directly then please contact us using the below:

01206 712043 – Applicant Enquiries or email:

ci.apprenticeships@colchester.ac.uk

Employer Enquiries

If you would be interested to find out more about how this apprenticeship can work for your business or already have a member of staff who this apprenticeship would be perfect for please contact us using the ‘Hire an Apprentice: Enquire Here’ button in the menu below.

Installation Electrician Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical and electronic devices and appliances

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year. However, the start date for attending college for training, where required, or if delivered online, when sessions begin, will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationTypical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an apprentice is part-qualified or has relevant experience on entry.
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£18,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£900

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.