Now that we are coming towards the end of lockdown restrictions. Things are getting back to normal in the trade industry. For those who are fully qualified, newly qualified or still in training to become an electrician now is the perfect time to up-skill and gain new knowledge, qualifications and ability in electrics through our comprehensive Electrician courses.

There will be more work than ever in the coming year for electricians in all types of roles. In fact, Half of the UK has a shortfall of more than 50 electricians, according to new analysis into the shortage of tradespeople in the electrical industry. Getting the skills you need now through Electrician courses at our centre of excellence will prepare you for the future.

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Student getting stuck into practical tasks in one of our Electrical workshops.

This will obviously mean different things for different people. For example if you are already working out in the industry as an electrician. Maybe now is the time to take on some more advanced qualifications such as our Level 3 Inspection & Testing course or an NVQ Level 3! Gaining more understanding of your trade will give you more confidence in the role, will make you more versatile and will increase your employability.

Now that restrictions are starting to relax. It has been great to have gyms, pubs, barbers, non-essential retail back open. However, as you can see in the video above we will be maintaining social distancing with the use of face masks and having individual training bays. However we will slowly be increasing class sizes giving more people the chance to get training with us.

Which course should I take?

Well, if you have not carried out Inspection & Testing since qualifying or who require some update of training - Then our Level 3 award could be the perfect opportunity to gain some new knowledge and skills. the course is 6-days in total and will aim to provide everything that you will be expected to know about Inspection and Testing on both new and existing installations. 

During the course, you'll be guided by one of our expert instructors who will aim to cover a whole range of topics. You will learn through mostly theory based sessions and practical demonstrations.

Topics such as how to safely isolate an electrical circuit, using testing equipment, how to properly test and record the condition of electrical installations, understanding how to interpret the test results and how to produce a condition report with recording observations and classifications.

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Are you an a apprentice approaching the end of your training for the JIB?

If you are coming towards the end of your apprenticeship the next step will be completing and AM2 Assessment! The aim of an AM2 or Achievement Measurement 2 is to ensure that you are up to scratch with the industry standard for an electrician. Upon successful completion you will be deemed reliable and competent, many employers regard the AM2 as evidence of competence for an electrician.

Here at our training centre we have a dedicated AM2 centre that is separated from the noisy and busy workshops allowing you to take on the assessment in a relaxed environment. The test comprises of a practical assessment with a short online component, taken over 16.5 hours (2.5 days).

Additionally, at Able Skills we offer a 1-day Pre AM2 training course. This course is designed to enhance a candidates existing practical skills and underpinning knowledge prior to undertaking the AM2 test.

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If you are at the point in your journey that you are taking on an AM2 it is likely that you would next look to achieve a Level 3 NVQ.

An NVQ of any kind is completed through work site based assessments and portfolio completion. Here at Able Skills we can offer full guidance on the completion of your portfolio and have electrical assessors in place to visit your place of work to observe your ability on the job. The NVQ is relatively easy to achieve as long as you are working within the electrical industry and have access to the right kind of work. Upon completion you will be eligible for a JIB Gold Card as pictured above!

The gold card shows that the cardholder has completed a formal industry regulated competency based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments. It means that in the eyes of the industry you are a full-qualified electrician. Therefore you are capable of working unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage electrical and electronic equipment and appliances in a consumer's electrical installation.

Ready to start learning?

If you are interested in starting any of the Electrician courses talked about in this article give us a call on 0808 100 3245 - We are more than happy to provide additional advice, answer any questions you may have and process your booking. You are also welcome to visit us in person, our office is open 7-days-a-week between 8:30 - 16:30!