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If you're interested in becoming an electrician, you may be wondering: do electricians have to be registered? In short, no. There is no legal obligation for electricians to be registered but it is strongly recommended. This is for your own safety, and to ensure the quality of the electrical work done on your property. 

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If you're interested in becoming an electrician, you may be wondering: do electricians have to be registered? In short, no. There is no legal obligation for electricians to be registered but it is strongly recommended. This is for your own safety, and to ensure the quality of the electrical work done on your property. 

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The construction industry is set to experience a larger-than-expected period of growth, according to the latest Construction Skills Network report. As a result, tradespeople are likely to experience an unprecedented increase in demand over the next five years.

By using forecasted trends in the construction economy, the report has calculated the necessary expected changes within the industry year on year. The report highlights the fact that the industry is due to face “substantial recruitment and training challenges”, and that if the sector aims to meet the projected growth over the next five years, then over a quarter of a million additional workers will be required to fill the demand. 

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A shortage in skilled tradespeople has been an obstacle which has loomed over the construction sector for the past decade and more. In recent years, industry leaders have been asking themselves one important question: how do we encourage more people to join our thriving and essential industry? 

It is well-known that the construction workforce is ageing, and the number of younger skilled workers taking its place is not quite enough to satisfy the significant demands of an industry which is as crucial as it has ever been. 

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Gas Safety Week 2022 starts today and runs until the 18th September 2022. Celebrating its twelfth year, this integral event aims to see industries come together for the same common goal: keeping the nation gas safe. During the Gas Safety Week campaign, thousands of businesses pledge to educate and raise awareness surrounding gas safety, helping to protect their customers and save lives. 

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If you’re looking for a career in trade, you may be feeling a bit lost about what job role to choose.

There’s no denying that the trade industry is a great to get your teeth stuck into - there are always jobs available and you also get the brilliant satisfaction of hands-on work. But how do you choose your pathway?

If you're finding yourself asking - what course is right for me? Here are the characteristics and qualities needed for each of our courses to help you decide…

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We are pleased to announce that Access Training is now partnered with Rated People, the UK's top online marketplace for trustworthy tradespeople.

Anyone can post a job on the Rated People website - for example, if Joe Bloggs needs a plumber to fix his leaky sink, he can submit a request via Rated People and nearby tradespeople will be able to offer their services.

Once the job is done and dusted, Joe can post a review on the plumber's profile page to let others know whether that particular tradesman proved reliable.

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If you’ve decided you want to train for a new career, here are five things you should consider which could help you along the way – and make the leap seem less daunting!

How long will it take? 

Time is a key element in any decision to pursue a new career. Consider whether the new career requires any additional training, for example, or whether there is a probation or training period in your new role. If new qualifications are required, the length of time it takes to qualify might vary depending on the level of the qualification. Understanding the new career and the training courses you'll need to complete to get there is paramount!

At Access Training, becoming a qualified tradesperson can take a matter of months, rather than potentially years of apprenticeship work – meaning you can get on the tools, start earning a wage, and progress down your new career path in no time at all.

How much can you expect to earn?

Obviously, earnings will vary considerably while you're training for a new career, depending on what kind of work you pursue. However, it is a good idea to consider doing some research yourself, to ensure that you know the extent of your financial situation, and how secure you will be in your new role.  Perhaps some savings will be required to undertake new qualifications, or a temporary job will be necessary in order to fund your training. Make sure that you are financially secure enough to do the training you need to start your new career. Sufficient planning and financial awareness can make the transition into a new career seamless and secure!

Careers in construction can be very lucrative, especially if you decide to become your own boss. In an era where tradespeople are in increasing demand, work opportunities are well-paid and plentiful. It’s always a good idea to know where you’ll stand financially in your new role and to prepare accordingly.

Do you want to be your own boss?

Your new role might allow you the opportunity to become your own boss. This is a new and exciting prospect, and one which millions of people across the UK are pursuing – in 2019, the number of self-employed workers was at its highest for twenty years.  

Perhaps one of the reasons you became tired of your old career and fancied a change was to give yourself more flexibility and autonomy in your professional life. A career like construction is perfectly suited to achieving this kind of freedom. With the right qualifications, experience and drive, you can start building your brand and customer base with just a few first steps – and a significant part of our course at Access Training is designed to help you commence your new career, whether you want to be your own boss or not!

 How will the change impact your lifestyle?

A new career can affect your life in a number of different ways – your workplace might require you to travel, or take a new route to work, or even to work from home. It might involve a dramatic change in working environment – to go from a stagnant office, for example, to a busy worksite, might require certain preparations and adjustments which it would do no harm to be aware of.

 Have a Plan B!

 Retraining in a new career is no mean feat, especially if you’re departing from a path that you’ve been heading down for a long time. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for it – people change careers all the time, and it can be an incredibly rewarding, exciting, even life-changing experience. 

Once you’ve made the decision, and are convinced that it’s the right choice for you, then make sure you have enough financial and emotional backing to make the experience as smooth as possible. And if things don’t quite work out the way you planned, make sure you establish some kind of safety net, to give yourself peace of mind. 

But most of all – go for it! Throw yourself into your new journey and embrace the changes which come your way. The world is your oyster!

 

Today is A level results day, and as is the case every year, anxiety is running high. Right now, you may be feeling like your A level results will determine the rest of your life, but it doesn't have to be that way. Ultimately, it is a small hurdle in the grand scheme of life, and there are always alternative options - even if you didn't get the grades you wanted.

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There are a wide number of reasons people seek to become an electrician – it’s pretty well known that electricians earn lucrative salaries (check out our blog on trade salaries here). Beyond earning a lucrative salary, electricians also have a lot more flexibility than most traditional careers can offer.

Once you have trained as an electrician, the career direction options are endless. Whether you’re looking for employment with a business or are hoping to find success in self-employment, training as an electrician gives you the freedom to choose your path.

If you’re interested in training to become an electrician and are looking for additional information on the qualifications required to become a sparky, keep reading!

 

Do I need GCSEs to become an electrician?

There are different avenues you can take when it comes to training to be an electrician, such as apprenticeships, college, or training centres. Some facilities will require an applicant to have obtained a number of GCSEs, including maths and English.

Here at Access Training, whether you’ve just finished school or are a mature student looking to train, you can train to become an electrician without GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

 

What qualifications DO I need?

To become an electrician, there are some qualifications you’ll need to achieve to prove that you’ve trained and have acquired the necessary skills. Depending on the type of work you’re planning to do, there are different levels of training required.

The basic qualification you’ll need to obtain to prove you have the skills required to practice is a level 3 vocational qualification or diploma.

This qualification is the bare essential you need to be able to practice, and depending on what level of work you’d like to engage in past your training period, there are a number of further qualifications you can achieve.

Here at Access Training, we’ve broken it down into three courses– Essential Electrical Course, Professional Electrical Course, and Premier Electrical Course. Each course increases in complexity – the further you train the more qualifications you will achieve, which will enable you to take on a wider range of jobs in the future.

If you’d like to get a more in-depth comparison of the different courses side by side, take a peek at our electrical courses overview page. Here you can find more information about the different courses, the stages of training with Access Training, and course recommendations suited to your unique career goals.

Electrical Courses Overview

 

Our website has a lot of great information on the different courses we provide and their content. If you’re still not sure which course is right for you, reach out and contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to talk over the different options with you, and help you find the perfect fit for your career goals.

 

Read More: Electrician Qualifications: A Guide for Beginners

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