Electrician Salary

If you are considering becoming an electrician, you may be happy to know that electricians have the highest average salary out of all the trade jobs in 2018. 

According to multiple reports, electricians have enjoyed the best annual salary in a trade job for many years. This varies by experience, of course, but it is clear that becoming an electrician can be a lucrative career path. Not to mention, it can be a rewarding and challenging job that keeps you out of the office and out in the open most of the day. 

How much do electricians earn?

The national careers service reports that the average electrician salary sits somewhere between £18,000-£42,000 per year. That's based on 30-40 hours of work per week. While there is a large gap between the lower and upper end of the scale, this is largely dependent on experience. 

  • Starter Electrician Salary - £18,000 - £23,000
  • Experienced Electrician Salary - £25,000 - £35,000
  • Highly Experienced Electrician Salary - Up to £42,000

According to the Office of National Statistics, the average electrician salary for 2018 is £30,784. This is an increase from the year before and shows that electricians salaries are increasing on a healthy incline year by year. In comparison, the average pay for a Plumber is £29,799 and £26,416 for a Carpenter in 2018. 

What qualifications do you need to become an electrician? 

Experience comes with time, but getting a head start with the right qualifications is the best step to take. The basic qualification needed to become an electrician is a Level 3 Electrical Qualification, which we provide here at Access Training. To enrol on one of our Level 3 electrical qualification courses, you do not need any previous qualifications as we will walk you through stage-by-stage. You'll learn everything you need to know to become an electrician in either our Essential Electrical Course, Professional Electrical Course and Premier Electrical Course

Furthermore, if you'd like to progress even further and earn a better electrician salary, you can gain further qualifications to become a specialist in your field. Here are just a few specialist electrician courses we provide:

Electrician Qualifications

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In an unpredictable Britain, vocational training could be your light at the end of the tunnel. Learning a highly sought-after skill through vocational training is dependable to way to ensure you maintain job stability in an ever-changing market.

Due to the recent bad weather, we've seen people across the UK struggling with major plumbing issues and even going without power in severe cases. As a society, we are so reliant on these basic necessities to get through the day, that the prospect of being without them is frightening! In fact, with a large percentage of UK workers spending 8 hours a day on a computer, when we lose our electricity supply - businesses grind to a halt. 

But who maintains and safeguards the installation of these basic needs? The skilled trade workers amongst us, that's who. As the world of technology increases so does the demand for those skilled in the trades. This is why we believe vocational training is just as, if not more so, important than a university degree. 

So, what are the benefits of vocational training?

1. No costly debt from University

Recently, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced that University Students in England face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world".

One of the main benefits of training to become a tradesperson is that you have no major debt looming over you once you finish your course. In fact, as soon as you receive your certificate, you can immediately start earning money from what you've learnt! Vocational training typically costs a mere fraction of university costs and it also provides more financial stability as trade skills are always in demand.

Many people go to university nowadays because they're unsure what they want to do in the future. Sure, this may seem like a good idea at the time, but is it really worth the debt? If you're not dedicated to the path you've chosen, it's not worth spending 3 years learning about something you won't pursue in the future.

As said by entrepreneur, Joseph Valente, who set up his own very successful plumbing business ImpraGas, 'If you're motivated by the business, that's going to drive you every day'. Joseph believes you shouldn't 'waste three years doing something that your hearts not in' and we agree. 

Vocational courses ensure you're on the right path straight away and can easily make your trade your passion. 

2. Job stability

There will always be a need for plumbers, electricians and builders. As previously mentioned, it's difficult to imagine how we would live without these basic necessities provided for us. The skills learnt through a trade course will always be vital to a thriving society and will ensure you're in demand at all times.

After learning a skill that is needed in every part of the world, you'll find it even easier to pursue the right career for you. If you want to move abroad for work, go ahead! If you want to switch companies, there are ton's more which are desperate for your skill set. If you want to be your own boss - do it! 

The qualifications and skills gained from vocational courses provide you with the stability and freedom most people aspire to have. 

3. It takes far less time to become qualified

On average, training courses for vocational trades take months rather than years to complete. This is the ideal way to train for anyone who is looking to switch careers and has a job alongside their training course. 

Of course, many people gain their vocational training through apprenticeships rather than vocational training courses. Apprenticeships are good if you're just coming out of school and can afford the low pay. Perseverance and patience is key to apprenticeships - but if you have commitments, it may not be possible to dedicate yourself to a job that cannot pay your bills. When you reach adulthood, money is a necessity and low pay for a couple years could put your livelihood at risk. 

Many training courses are flexible to fit around you and so you can easily maintain your job whilst training for a new trade profession. 

4. You can start working sooner

Another benefit of vocational training is that it provides you with all the experience you need to start working right away. Many graduates coming out of university find that this is not the case with their degree and they still need to gain that all-important experience.

Learning a trade means you are skilled in this area as soon as you complete your course. You can start working for a company, work freelance or even strive to set up your own company.

Anne Milton, the Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, recently said that apprenticeships and courses are "on-the-job training. What's not to like?". She also believes that "the default should not be University. No matter how bright you are, there are other options out there."

5. Vocational trades are well paid

On average, Plumbers earn around £31,000 per year. Electricians earn around £32,500 and builders earn around £37,500. Compared to the average starting salary for graduates hovering around £19,000-£22,000, it's fair to say that a vocational training course could work in your favour financially.

These wages can increase substantially in different areas and will progress over time. As with everything, it pays to have patience in an industry. However, if you embark on a vocational training course, rather than a university course, you will start your career in the industry sooner and progress in the salary department quicker. 

If these benefits of vocational training have convinced you to pursue this path, Access Training Academies are the largest provider of vocational courses in the UK. Take a look and find the right course for you today. 

In Britain alone, on average 3.8 people out of every 1,000 employees are made redundant. This includes those who have taken voluntary redundancy because they found their job role was no longer significant. Therefore, throughout your training career, you’re very likely to find yourself retraining someone who has recently lost their job.

Redundancy is often likened to the grieving process or bereavement as it is an incredibly difficult time in someone’s life. Especially if someone has been in their job for a number of decades, losing that responsibility can leave a person feeling completely lost and displaced.

Retraining someone who has been made redundant requires a different training approach to the usual student. Here are our main training tips to consider when retraining the recently redundant.

 

1) Assess the needs of your students


Before you start your training plan, it is important to fully grasp what they want to achieve through the training course. Do they want to go back into their old line of work? Do they want to develop skills in a new field?


If you’re in a class full of people who have recently been made redundant but want to improve their skills in their past industry, you should structure your training plan around them. It would be a wasted effort to go over information your students already know.


2) Ensure you provide office hours


Those who have recently been made redundant will appreciate the opportunity to talk to you on a one-to-one basis. Office hours are the best way to provide this support and will also help you understand your students on a personal basis.


The more you learn about your students, the easier it becomes to train them. For example, if someone worked for many years as a tradesperson prior to their redundancy, they will most likely have expert knowledge of that industry and have many transferable skills that will help them with their training.


3) Include Interactive Training techniques


This popular method of training is used in most classrooms and with good reason. Interactive training is the best way to motivate your students to stay engaged. While you may be tempted to plan your lessons around fitting in masses of information, it is important your students are actually paying attention.


The interactive training technique involves breaking sessions up with quizzes, demonstrations, case studies, group discussions and Q & A sessions. These short breaks help keep students involved in the lesson and will provide those with past experience the opportunity to share their knowledge. This technique works with all members of your class, including those who have been made redundant.

 

4) Use the Motivational Interviewing method


As you can imagine, redundancy can largely damage someone’s confidence. They may have taken up retraining to help them feel confident in their abilities again.
Motivational interviewing is a good method of evoking a positive and motivated response from your students. The steps to take when using this method are as follows:

  • Engaging – establish a relationship based on trust and respect between yourself and your student.
  • Focusing - using an ongoing process to maintain direction.
  • Evoking – encourage confidence in your student by using their own goals and motivations to inspire your training.
  • Planning – create a plan of action with the view to reach the students goals that you and your student commit to.

Motivational interviewing can be done in office hours or before lessons even start to help you fully understand what your student hopes to gain from this course. It’s one of the best ways to encourage your students by showing them you actually care. 


Always remember that anyone can be retrained but it takes a dedicated trainer to do an effective job.

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