- Course Details
What You’ll Learn
The NVQ level 3 is not a training course; it is an assessment of your competence and is mandatory for those of you who require JIB Gold Card – ‘Approved Electrician’ status. 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. Achievement of the C&G NVQ Level 3 in full is based upon existing qualifications, site/work based assessments of competence and (for the newer NVQ routes) AM2.
How You’ll Learn
Holders of C&G 2330 and/or C&G 2365
The route for those holding C&G 2330 and/or C&G 2365 is the C&G 2357:
The first step is to undertake a profiling session with your Electrical NVQ Assessor where the processes for achieving an NVQ will be explained. You will then be assessed at your workplace where Able Skills Assessors will gather documentary evidence of your competence with regards to various different aspects of an Electrical installation.
To achieve the NVQ (C&G 2357) in full, you will also need to undertake AM2 and dependent upon the qualifications you already hold, completion of a Bridging Unit may also be necessary. Please ask for guidance on this when you call or visit us. This particular route can be funded in full via the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans – please call for details.
Holders of C&G 2360 or similar or with comprehensive work experience
The route for those holding C&G 2360 or similar or with work experience is the JIB/C&G 2356-99:
The first step is to undertake a profiling session with your Electrical NVQ Assessor where the processes for achieving an NVQ will be explained. You will need to bring with you any existing electrical installation certificates you hold as well as any details you have available to you which can confirm your status as a time served Electrician. Following on from this (and with satisfactory evidence in place), the next step will be to be assessed at your workplace where Able Skills Assessors will gather documentary evidence of your competence with regards to various different aspects of an Electrical installation.
To achieve the NVQ (C&G 2356-99) in full, you will also need to undertake AM2
Existing Electrical NVQ registrations – all is not lost.
It is apparent that there are quite a few Electricians across the UK who have previously signed up for Electrical NVQs with other training providers who may no longer be trading. In most of these cases, these Electricians will be signed up on to the previous NVQ qualification: C&G 2356-31. If this is the case, AM2 is not mandatory and if candidates have access to their enrolment numbers, there is every chance that Able Skills can help you finish this NVQ rather than starting again on the new NVQ: C&G 2357.
Anyone registered for NVQ C&G 2356 who wishes to join Able Skills has until 31/12/2015 to complete so there is still time. Equally, anyone registered on to the new NVQ C&G 2357 can also finish successfully with Able Skills as we also have an AM2 Centre.
Courses Open To You After
If you don’t have any Inspection and Testing qualifications, Able Skills has a combined C&G 2394/2395 course available or you may want to consider the level 4 Award in the Design and Verification of Electrical Installations (C&G 2396). In addition, Able Skills is an IET Centre of Excellence and we also have the staff and facilities available to deliver a level 5 Electrical Management qualification.
Able Skills has access to Electrical NVQ Assessors in both the North and South of England so we can cover (but are not limited to):
Carlisle, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Chester, York – If you register for the C&G 2357 NVQ and you are based in the North, Able Skills will cover the cost of accommodation for you when you need to come to Dartford to complete your AM2 unit.
London, Kent, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey
Work/Site based assessments are required to achieve the performance units of this Electrical NVQ qualification (C&G 2356 and 2357) and we estimate 2 to 4 visits may be required, dependent upon the work that is available to you.
24+ Advanced Learning Loan
Able Skills are now in a position to offer ‘Advanced Learning Loans’ to cover all or some of your course fees.
If you are age 24 or over you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees for study at Level 3 or above. These loans will work in a similar way to the current loan system for Higher Education, meaning that you will only start to pay the loan back once you have completed your study or training and are earning over £21,000 a year. Also the repayments won’t start until April 2016.
It’s easy to apply for the loan, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check.
The loans are administered by the Student Loans Company.
Moving on to a Higher Education course
If you take out a loan for an Access to Higher Education Diploma course and you then go on to study and complete a Higher Education course, you can apply to the Student Loans Company to write off the outstanding loan for the Access course.
Check that you qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
To qualify you must be:
- Aged 24 or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age-limit) and starting your course on or after 1 August 2014.
- Living in the UK on the first day of your course and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.
- Studying with a college or training organisation in England approved for public funding.
- Enrolling on an eligible course at Level 3 and above which includes: A levels, Access to HE Diplomas, other Diplomas and Certificates.
When and how would I apply for a loan?
Contact us for more information: For more information you can speak to Carla Jackson or Angela Wright on 01322 280202
Your step-by-step guide to getting a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan
Step 1: Choose the right course for you and apply for a place.
Step 2: Following a discussion about the course with a member of staff at Able Skills, you will receive an offer of a place from us.
Step 3: Consider your options. If you decide that the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan would be the right move for you, you apply direct to Student Finance England, either online or through their paper application form instead.
Step 4: You receive confirmation from Student Finance England that your loan application has been approved.
Step 5: Your course starts. Able Skills receives your payment directly from the relevant funding source, providing you are attending your course.
Step 6: You complete the course. Loan repayments only start once you have started work and if you are earning over £21,000 a year.
Duration & Cost
It is hard to allocate a time frame for the completion of Electrical NVQ level 3 as the assessments will only be undertaken when you are ready so it’s more about you than it is about us. The AM2 aspect can be completed in 3 days. The cost for the Electrical NVQ is £1000 including vat (based on 2 site visits) and this can be paid in instalments over the period of the assessments. The AM2 is 3 days and is £500 including vat. Or funding can be accessed as detailed above.
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