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Alternative titles for this job include Electrical fitter, electrical technician, installation electrician

Electricians fit, service and repair electrical machinery, equipment, circuits and wiring.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£42,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

30 to 40 a week

You could work

on call as customers demand

How to become

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How to become an electrician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards getting your skills and experience accredited
  • applying directly


A college course can give you some of the technical knowledge and practical skills you'll need to become an electrician. You'll still need practical experience in the workplace to become fully qualified. Doing a course may help you get an apprenticeship or trainee position.

Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering (Electrical)
  • Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You can do an installation and maintenance electrician advanced apprenticeship.

You can also train to become an electrician through an apprenticeship in the armed forces.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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If you've worked in the industry for 5 years or more and do not have a Level 3 qualification, you may be able to get your experience recognised through the Experienced Worker Assessment.

Direct Application

You may be able to move into electrical installation work if you've got experience and relevant qualifications from a related industry, for example building services or electrical engineering.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can find out more about professional and industry bodies for electrical work from Electrical Careers.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming an electrician from:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge for understanding technical plans
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with your hands and use equipment safely
  • customer service skills for working with colleagues and clients
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme ECS card to prove you have the qualifications and experience to do electrical work on site.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you could:

  • check electrical systems to make sure they're working safely
  • build and install control panels that operate electrical systems in buildings
  • repair electrical motors and transformers in industrial machinery
  • install street lighting and traffic management systems
  • fit electrical wiring, sockets and switches to new-build homes
  • rewire homes and commercial premises during refurbishment

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, at a client's business, at a client's home or on the streets.

Your working environment may be cramped and at height.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • move into electrical design engineering, estimating or electrical contracts work
  • become a site or project manager
  • set up your own business
  • train apprentices or teach in further education

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Electrotechnical Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £10,400.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Electrical Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,554.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

Electrical Installation

  • Start date: 07 September 2022
  • Location: Gloucester

Electrical Installation

  • Provider: SELBY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: SELBY

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