Here at Able Skills we are construction training experts. We have been teaching electrician courses for almost 20-years and help people achieve the qualifications they need to start a successful career. Recently we have changed our focus and aim to be a centre of excellence helping students become fully-qualified and achieving a JIB Gold Card! Today we will talk about JIB's annual review for 2020 and talk about the many different option we offer for electrical training.

What is JIB?

JIB stands for Joint Industry Board, they are an organisation that sets the standard for the electrical industry, grading and are an important pillar in the sector. They help to maintain stability in the workplace and outline the standard that electricians should achieve. Put simply, their purpose is to improve the industry as best they can and generally they have a responsibility to set the standards for employment.

So, what did their annual review say about 2020?

Instead of focusing their annual review on the pandemic and what difficulties the industry have had during this time they instead focused on helping companies and individual electricians cope with the pandemic. For example, they have a coronavirus hub on their website which has been a huge help for limited electrical companies, self-employed electricians and others in the industry. The hub has plenty of useful information about Job retention schemes, support schemes, what coronavirus regulations mean for the working electrician and have links and recourses all in one place to help outline what individual electricians need to know, how and where to get the information they need. They even announced a temporary suspension of National Working Rule 16 to allow furloughed employees (including apprentices) to use their electrical skills to good effect, including performing socially valuable voluntary work.

They also talked about key achievements throughout the year and have outlined what is going to be important in the industry moving forward. For example, they talk about the success of their ECS check app which allows the verification of an electrician instantly. Stating 'via ECS Check, the electrotechnical industry and its customers have a means to conduct their own audits to verify all electrotechnical personnel on site throughout the supply chain.' Check out the full annual review here.

How can I start working towards a JIB Gold Card?

Well, here at our training centre we offer many different training options for the trade of electrics. However, we cannot conduct training here at our centre currently in accordance with the governments guidelines surrounding the coronavirus. So, in order to get started right now we have increased our capacity on our Home-Study training options for the two main electrical qualifications, these are the City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 Electrical awards...

Our Home-Study options for these start with you. We will provide you will everything you need including the relevant City & Guilds Textbooks, access to the online platform SmartScreen and our specially crafted 'Home-Study Pack'. With these resources you'll have enough information to learn the theory side at home. Included in the pack will be contact details for one of our instructors in case you are stuck at and point and example test questions so that you can track your progress and challenge yourself as you study.

Then, once you feel confident that you have gotten a good grasp on the fundamental theory aspects of the trade and once it is possible for us to conduct in centre training safely - You will attend our centre to learn the practical side by getting stuck into hands-on lessons and assignments and additionally completing the necessary exams. The assessment process is both online exams taken in our dedicated test centre and practical assessments.

How do I book a course?

To get started with either of our Home-Study electrical courses you can give us a call on 0808 100 3245 to discuss how the courses work in more detail, ask questions and secure your place - Alternatively you can apply through our website on each course page you'll see a button 'Reserve your Space' which is where you can process your booking. Take a look below for the booking form for our City & Guilds Level 2 Electrical Home-Study course, the perfect way to kick-start a career in the trade and the first step towards achieving your JIB Gold Card!


Extra Information:

Once again, If you would like to learn more about the different options that we offer for electrical training including our Home-Study Electrician courses call us on 0808 100 3245 - Our office team are still working tirelessly to help aspiring traders take the right path to success, answer any questions and take bookings. ! Our office is open 7-days-a-week between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30! You can also contact us about gas courses via email through [email protected] - We hope to hear from you soon!

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Electrician courses
All of our Electrician courses result in industry recognised City & Guilds qualifications and certification.