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• • • TRAINING • • •


HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR ELECTRICAL CAREER


As an electrician, you have the ability to determine your own career path and earnings potential. With so many ways to develop your skillset and advance your career, the possibilities are endless. Mick Fitzgerald, director, Options Skills, shares his tips for


successfully advancing your career in electrics


best part? You can continue to earn as you learn. N


WHY SHOULD I UPSKILL? 1. Switch up your career path


Developing your skills and gaining new experiences can help you to discover new career paths that you may not have considered before. This may include starting a new challenge in a different electrical role or even moving towards self-employment, for example.


2. Greater control of your earnings If you move to self-employment, for example, you’ll have the ability to set your own working hours and rates, providing you with increased financial flexibility. Or, if you’re already operating as self- employed, advancing your skillset can allow you to charge more for your services and offer a greater variety of services, which may not have been possible before training.


3. Increased job stability


The more variety in your skillset and capabilities, the greater demand there will be for you and your services. This can help to create greater job stability and security. In addition, if you’re looking to grow your employer connections, investing in yourself through training and development shows your commitment to your career, proving you to be a more favourable candidate or team member.


4. Earn as you learn


There’s a range of qualifications to suit everyone, with some even allowing you to continue to earn a wage while you learn. For example, in a traineeship, you can complete qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience.


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o matter your age, skillset or current role, developing your electrical career is all about commitment and determination. The


WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ELECTRICAL CAREER PATHS?


• Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) DEIs are one of the most common types of electrician. They work on domestic properties, carrying out single phase domestic installations and repairs. As a DEI, you may be able to earn up to £40k per annum.


• Installation Electrician


Installation Electricians are responsible for installing electrical systems, such as power or security systems. They are required to work on a wide range of sites, from construction to commercial environments. The earning potential for an Installation Electrician is £35-£50k per annum.


• Renewable Energy Technician Renewable Energy Technicians are responsible for the installation and maintenance of sustainable green energy systems. As a Renewable Energy Technician, you can earn up to £52.5k per annum.


• Electrical Supervisor


As well as undertaking electrical work, Electrical Supervisors are responsible for managing and training teams, assigning roles and ensuring projects are completed in line with customer expectations. The salary for an Electrical Supervisor can be up to £60k per annum.


• Electrical Drafter Electrical Drafters are responsible for generating technical drawings (blueprints) of electrical systems to guide electrical work. This includes dimensions, arrangements and procedures for installation. Electrical Drafters can earn up to £45k per annum.


Each of these career paths require different qualifications, such as the Domestic Electrical Installer Award (limited to domestic, single phase installations and repairs) or an Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 Qualification, which incorporates single phase and 3-phase commercial installation.


WHAT ARE THE SKILLS FOR UPSKILLING?


1. Do your research – it’s important to take time to research and understand your chosen career path. For example, you’ll need to know the requirements for getting there, including the qualifications and courses you’ll need to take, how long it may take and the associated costs.


2. Create goals – think about what you want to achieve. You can set yourself short, medium and long-term goals and use these as benchmarks to keep you on the right path towards your dream career.


3. Speak with training providers – training providers can help you to see things clearly and maybe even introduce you to possibilities you hadn’t considered before. There’s no onward commitment from a quick conversation.


4. Pick the right training provider – be sure to choose the right training provider for you – one that guides you towards your dream career and supports you along the journey.


5. Take the plunge –when you know what you want to achieve and how to get there, you’re ready to take the plunge and put the spark into your electrical career.


OPTIONS SKILLS options-skills.co.uk


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