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If you are a practical person and looking for a vocation after school rather than studying, then a career as an electrician could be for you. You’ll need to be good at planning and accurate, have a natural affinity for problem solving and want to work with your hands and not in an office.Electrician

What’s it all about? TOP ^

Electricians and electrical workers are skilled, in demand members of the construction industry. You’ll work on complex developments such as shopping malls, sports stadiums and hospitals, wiring them for electricity and making sure everything is safe.
You’ll also be involved in installing data cabling, fibre-optic systems and internet lines.

Where you opt to work depends on your specific skills. Electricians work both inside and outdoors, with hours flexible depending on the project and the deadlines you are working to.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Newly qualified electricians can earn around £17,000 a year, but this can rise quickly with experience to more than £35,000.
You can start out as an apprentice earning around £200 a week straight from school.

Where can I work? TOP ^

There are a variety of apprenticeships available in the electrical industry - check them out at www.apprenticeships.org.uk. However, many employers will be happy to take you on straight from school and train you up.

An increasing number of electricians work freelance or on short-term contracts, working on particular projects to completion. As your skills will be in demand from both industry and individuals, you should never be short of work.

What skills will I need in as an electrician? TOP ^

Being an electrician is a skilled job which requires technical knowledge, qualifications and a good knowledge of health and safety regulations. You will need to be able to follow technical drawings and building plans, understand wiring and be able to work in a confined environment at times.

You’ll also need to have excellent customer facing skills and be able to communicate effectively.

Some skills you’ll need to work as an electrician or in the electrical industry include:

What entry level jobs can I do in the electrical industry? TOP ^

School leavers can straight into the electrical industry from school, without qualifications. To progress and gain higher wages, you will need to get professional qualifications. Consider an apprenticeship with a local craftsman.

Some entry level building jobs include:

  • Trainee electrician
  • Electrical fitter
  • Electrical engineer
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