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Changing career to become an Electrician.

The route to being an electrician can be quite daunting if you don't know where or who to turn to! Especially, if you have been considering a career switch and have decided you definitley want to retrain to become a qualified electrician. The good news is, there are now several paths you can take and in many cases, there is course funding available.Retraining as a mature student is now easier than ever before and adult trainees are often considered by their employers to be an excellent return on the investment outlay due to a more focused approach than an apprentice. The more mature the trainee, the more willing they tend to be to pick up and learn the ins and outs of being an electrician.Even if you consider yourself a mature candidate, a lot of electricians and electrical employers will recognise qualities of impression, enthusiasm and motivation as good potential to give you a foothold in the industry. Many students with enthusiasm and application go on to become fully qualified electricians and many more start up their own business.If you are retraining without an employer, you must complete a recognised training route and JIB registration and you will need to find an employer who completes at least 2 of the following types of work: Industrial / Domestic / Commercial.If you are a mature student and not eligible for an apprenticeship scheme and not currently employed in the industry, you can take the City & Guilds (2330) Technical Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology levels 2 and 3. The Certificate is open to all ages and provides an excellent foundation to learning your craft as an electrician at Able Skills training centre. Training over different time periods offers flexibility and weekend training courses are also available.The technical certificates do not prove that you are a qualified electrician, only the full NVQ can do this; but they do cover the theory and some of the practical skills needed to move on to the NVQ qualification. Industry bodies strongly recommend that you gain a placement or employment with an electrical contractor as soon as possible after you start the technical certificate, so that you can complete the NVQ.