Who is the course for?
If you are interested in working as an electrician and look forward to the challenge of work, but want to keep learning in a practical way, then this course is for you.
An Advanced Apprenticeship is a way for you to acquire the skills required to become a fully-qualified electrician. It provides the opportunity to get the qualifications and experience you will need for jobs of the future. Apprenticeships also offer quality training to industry standards. They are designed by employers for employers—so you can be sure you are getting the skills the industry want.
Anyone who is interested in working as an electrician; you will be employed and receive wages.
What does the course involve?
You will receive comprehensive training at work and attend College on a day-release basis. This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers value, helping you to progress in your chosen career.
Some of the things you will learn relating to electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment will include a knowledge and practical application of:
- Health and Safety legislation
- Environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems
- Overseeing and organising the work environment
- Planning and selection of electrotechnical equipment
- Preparation and installation of wiring
- Termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords
- Inspection, testing, commissioning and certification
- Diagnosing and correcting electrical faults
Electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems.
What makes this course special?
As a Bridgwater College Apprentice, you will have access to the full range of support and facilities available to full time students - this includes:
- Excellent IT facilities: one of the most sophisticated computer networks in the country
- Modern buildings, new specialist workshops, high tech equipment and facilities
- A lively and stimulating environment in which to make new friends to help you through your first years at work
- Access to a large modern learning resources centre
- Individual support from your Training Officer
- Access to a wide variety of extra-curricular activities
You should be educated to GCSE grade A* – C or 9 - 3 in Math’s, English and Science, or equivalent qualifications. Entry is also subject to an initial assessment which will be carried out at College.
What are the assessment methods?
You are assessed on your knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis by external on-line tests, written assessments, site observations and other evidence that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There is a three day external assessment–Achievement Measurement 2 (AM2).
The College will provide an assessor who will visit you in your workplace and support and assess how you are progressing. You will also be provided with a Training Officer who will oversee your training and will visit you at least once every three months to review your progress and help you with any problems you might have.
How long is the course?
- The Level 3 NVQ Diploma usually takes three and a half years
- Years 1, 2 and 3—one day a week in College learning theory and basic practical skills, (four days at work gaining practical competence)
- Years 1-4—practical assessment in the workplace and/or one day per month at College working on site diary evidence
What are the progression options?
Progress to a higher level of QCF Electrical Training, including management.