Electrical Installation / Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

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. 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. Installation Electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances. Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

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, Electrical Installation / Maintenance Technician 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.

What are the entry requirements?

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. Most candidates will have English and mathematics at level 2 on entry.

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. 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 evolvement of the site based evidence.

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 – 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 can I do next?

Employment as a registered Installation Technician.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How is my business going to benefit from an ‘Installation Electrician / Maintenance 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. Maintenance

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?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • 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 through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% 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. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

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 evolvement of the site based evidence.

How is the apprentice 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 – 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?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert 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 tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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Electrical Installation / Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
Outline: Recruiting now for September 2019
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationIt is unlikely that a candidate coming to this apprenticeship without previous relevant experience would complete the apprenticeship in less than 42 months, and a typical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an apprentice is part-qualified or has relevant experience on entry.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£18,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£1,800
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% 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

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