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Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Electro Technical.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Candidates ideally should have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and (grade 4) ICT. However if this is not the case, you will have to complete the relevant Functional Skills qualifications in these subjects alongside the Technical Certificate during your day release at the College.


This takes four years to complete.
Apprentices attend College on day release for the first three years and work for their employer the rest of the time.

Why Electrical Installation?

An Electrical Installation Apprenticeship can lead to an exciting career within the construction industry. It can also be the stepping stone to a vast range of jobs both here in the UK and across the globe.

What will I study?

Advanced Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electro Technical Systems & Equipment

Mandatory units:
Health and safety
Environmental legislation and renewable energy systems
Practices and procedures for organising the workplace
Practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems
Principles of planning and selection of electro technical equipment in electrical systems
Principles of terminations in electrical conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems
Inspection and testing of electrical systems
Diagnosing and correcting faults in electrical systems
Electrical principles and electrical science

NVQ units (work based):
Health and safety
Applying environmental legislation and working practices 
Overseeing and organising the work place
Preparing, planning and installing wiring systems 
Termination and connecting cables, cords in electrical systems
Inspection and testing
Diagnosing and correcting faults in electrical systems
AM2- practical performance assessment

Additional study

Functional Skills in Maths and English and ICT
Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

How will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed by a mixture of online exams and practical assessment in the workshop at College. You will also be required to build an NVQ portfolio of your work. This is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. There is also a requirement for you to be assessed in the workplace. 
The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

After achieving the Advanced Apprenticeship you will be eligible to join the JIB Electro technical Certification Scheme (formerly the JIB UK Register of Electricians).

Progression options include inspection, testing and design for Electrical installation and the IET wiring regulations. Higher level options include the BTEC National or Higher National Certificates or Diplomas in Electrical Engineering or Building Systems subjects.

Job opportunities on completion of this apprenticeship include working for small electrical contractors to large multi-national companies covering a range of social, domestic or commercial work or self-employment.

Electrical Installation Apprenticeship success rate is 9.9% above the National Average of 60.1%

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368
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Sally Nelson

Having worked in a local department store for more than 10 years, Sally Nelson decided it was time to focus on a career. She never dreamed she would go on to collect the 2015 Apprentice of the Year (over 25s) award at York Minster.

Sally explains why she wanted to try something different. “I needed a career that could better support my two children; they’d reached an age that would allow me to juggle studying and being a mum without them missing out,” she said.

Sally knew that going back to learning would be a huge change and was careful to find the right type of study. She wasn’t afraid to try a complete change of direction though, securing an Apprenticeship opportunity as an electrician with the Joseph Rowntree Housing Foundation (JRHT).

“I found an Apprenticeship worked well for me as a single mum of two as I was able to earn and study at the same time. I was quite scared when I got the job at the JRHT as I was going from a very glamorous, mainly female, environment to an all-male environment!”

During her first year, Sally was able to study three days a week and keep her department store job on for the remaining two days, a great help in making ends meet. She attended College one day a week while working full time, and completed the course in September 2014, she’s now working full-time for the JRHT. Looking back, Sally admits it wasn’t all plain sailing, but says she always had the support she needed: “Having left school so long ago I found the course work hard but the College has fantastic tutors that really helped me.”

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368


Chris Drake


Chris Drake

Electrotechnical Apprentice

Electrotechnical apprentice Chris Drake works for CES Electrical in Tadcaster which carried out the electrical maintenance on the famous cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics.

Chris admits he lacked focus when he left school, going from job to job before working as an electrician’s labourer for a local business. He attended York College, studying a three year advanced apprenticeship programme in Electrotechnical. He says he loves his job, and found the theory he learned at College equipped him well for working in industry. His work allows him to work on exciting projects such as the complicated electrics behind the stage lighting for a Neil Diamond concert in Antwerp, Belgium and on electrical equipment to be used for the forthcoming Winter Olympics.

Chris said: “My job is really rewarding, I get a great buzz from such prestigious projects. I feel particularly proud to have worked on the building of the electrical panel that controlled the famous cauldron. I went to London to build the cauldron and was actually under the stage when the ceremony was happening, collecting the individual petals from the athletes and putting them on the cauldron as the athletes were walking around the stadium. It was quite a nerve-wracking experience. I had no idea that the cauldron would have such a high profile around the world, it was amazing to be a part of its success.”

In the future Chris would like to develop his skills further and eventually take on a directorship with CES Electrical. He says: “My skills have given me the confidence to aim high and get more involved in the business.”

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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