Posting a message to the forum will remove the above advertisement
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. angel While you're here, would you mind checking out our Electrician's Insurance section to see if we could save you a few quid? - Specifically our Van Insurance Deals and Public Liability Insurance Deals. Thanks for supporting the forum! angel

    5% Discount from Electrical2Go.co.uk for ALL members! - Click Here

Discuss Beginning of a journey in the New Member Introductions area at ElectrciansForums.co.uk.

Please make sure you checkout our forum sponsors, many do discounts for members and, they keep the forum free to use.
  1. Dan Carroll
    Offline

    Dan Carroll EF Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Hi guys.
    I'm not currently an electrician, nor have I completed any training as of yet. But I have decided after 15 years as a mechanical helicopter engineer, to become an electrician.
    Expect plenty of questions. I'm not 100% sure yet on the route I am going to take to get there, but I have a rough idea.
    Thanks
    Dan
     
  2. buzzlightyear
    Offline

    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    star command
    now this job will make your head spin, welcome.
     
  3. bigspark17
    Offline

    bigspark17 Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    wales
    Welcome to the site. What route are you thinking of taking to becoming an el sparko.??
     
  4. Dan Carroll
    Offline

    Dan Carroll EF Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Current plan is to hopefully get some free experience from now until I can sort out paid work in the trade,
    Take some courses, 18th, inspection testing, and PAT in the new year. (only choosing those as I have military funding and that seems to be the best use of the money)
    Hopefully be working as a paid mate from spring/summer next year and can leave my current job.
    After a couple of years experience, go it alone as a domestic.
    Complete a level 3 to go commercial.

    This may sound like utter crap and if it is please advice because its easy to find people that want to take my money for courses, but difficult to find whats best for me
     
  5. buzzlightyear
    Offline

    buzzlightyear still kicking sand, before pushing up daisies . Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    star command
    IMO I think you should enrol with you local collage and go from their .it a had slog but you will get their in the end ,has for a couple of 3 years you are dreaming . you will need to approach a company willing to take you on it dog eat dog world .
     
  6. casperLennon
    Offline

    casperLennon Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    derby
    Business Name:
    Raylex electrical
    Don’t offer your services for free. Just find a mates job and start learning and earning straight away.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. Gavin John Hyde
    Offline

    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Somerset
    Business Name:
    Sulis Electrical Services Ltd
    you say military funding so assume you are shortly to be ex -forces?
    how much are you eligible for in funding from the mod in discharge learning credits? When i left i got pretty much any thing sensible that i requested funded as I was medically discharged. you may find they will fund your 2365 level 2 and 3 either on a part time basis or on one of the faster courses. if you cna do it part time and work as a sparks mate you are half way there.
    Good tip though, is any company you apply to is emphasise your military experience and pop in to bristol to the poppy shop run by the royal british legion and contact ssafa in bristol. both are very good at contacting firms to get your foot in the door- ssafa always seem to know somebody in the right place. good chance if you approach some of the big firms doing work on hinkley point power station down the m5 from you, you will get a lot of interest as you will sail through the security checks being ex-military.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Useful Useful x 1
  8. Dan Carroll
    Offline

    Dan Carroll EF Member

    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Thanks guys.
    Buzz I'm tempted to do a collage course but I still want out of the industry I'm in. I spoke to a instructor from a collage who's opinion was basically, do the route mentioned then start the NVQ when in the industry.
    Casper. Who's going to employ a guy with zero experience and pay them. I'd rather offer my service for free at first until I can find actual employment. It will also give me a chance to be 100% that this is what I want to do. Plus to date I've offered my services to 10 electricians for free and so far no replies. So don't think charging them will help me.
    Gavin. With the enhance learning credits you get 3 lots of 2k to spend. The company has to be registered with ELCAS and you have to pay 20%. I've used 1 lot up last year on aircraft. My local is Clarkson Evans and they don't seem to have a level 3 and 2. My best use of money for this shot seems to be what i mentioned above.
    Thanks for the info with regard Bristol. It's a little to far to travel at the moment. I live at junc 9 of the m5 so want to keep it around the Cheltenham Gloucester Worcester area.

    Thanks guys
     
  9. Massive1
    Offline

    Massive1 Trainee Access

    Location:
    southend
    If you ever want to work in the commercial side of things or big new build sites you will need your level 2 level 3 then your NVQ. Nothing will stop you working as a mate but to progress you will need the above quals if that's the route you want to take.
     
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
  10. casperLennon
    Offline

    casperLennon Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    derby
    Business Name:
    Raylex electrical
    I started with no qualifications and no experience. Phoned an agency and got on as a mate. Now I’m a qualified electrician. So there is literally hundreds of people who will pay you. You don’t have to be employed as in be on the books.
     
  11. casperLennon
    Offline

    casperLennon Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    derby
    Business Name:
    Raylex electrical
    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Just get on with it instead of doing bits for free here and there
     
  12. telectrix
    Offline

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    cheshire/staffordshire
    Business Name:
    Telectrix
    a validpoint. ^^^^^.if you can get on as a mate with agency at around £10 -£12 /hour, . blagg it, then pack in current job.
     
  13. casperLennon
    Offline

    casperLennon Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    derby
    Business Name:
    Raylex electrical
    I blagged it but then looking back I should of just said I didn’t know anything. Agency’s don’t care as long as they get there cut. Earn and learn. Lots of people will help you with it all
     
  14. casperLennon
    Offline

    casperLennon Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    derby
    Business Name:
    Raylex electrical
    I’ve seen some mates rates recently as much as £15 an hour in Derbyshire
     
  15. telectrix
    Offline

    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

    Top Poster Of Month

    Location:
    cheshire/staffordshire
    Business Name:
    Telectrix
    that's a decent rate. some ads for fully qualified sparks offer less. had one this morning. JIB gold card required. £14/hour.. F*CK OFF.
     
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1
Loading...
Similar Threads - Beginning journey Forum Date
Just the beginning....... New Member Introductions Aug 19, 2018

Share This Page

Electricians Directory Post a Domestic Job Post a Commercial Job