Welcome to Electrotechnical Installation at West Suffolk College
"Imagine a life without electricity – no mobile phone, no internet, no TV, no lighting! It was only in 1831 that Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, the principle behind the electric transformer and generator. This discovery was crucial in allowing electricity to be transformed from a curiosity into a powerful new technology. Now, just under 200 years later, we cannot live without electricity. Whatever technological developments happen in the future, electricity will be at its heart. Without electricians, the world doesn’t function." Stuart Hart – Electrotechnical Curriculum Manager
If you’ve got your heart set on having an active career as an Electrician, our courses can help you get on the right track.
You will study specific units, all taught by industry professionals who possess a wealth of knowledge of their specific area. Every unit is geared towards your vocational area aiming to inspire and enthuse you to pursue a career in the electrotechnical sector.
You will learn the theory and practical elements of your chosen career. We will also ensure that you are given every opportunity to work on the practical elements to give you a vocationally specific experience. You will also be undertaking work experience thus allowing you to gain valuable practical real-world experiences, as well as providing opportunities to develop links in the industry with a view to gaining an apprenticeship.
Our department is developing future Electricians, and with nearly 250 students, we pride ourselves on giving our students the best possible start to their future career.
The UK Electrical Contracting Sector is worth over £120bn to the UK economy, with sustained growth over the last 10 years. There are jobs and opportunities readily available in all sectors of the industry, and it is our job to nurture, encourage and train our students to give them the head start they need to become successful.
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Where could it take me?
We have built excellent links with local employers and industry, that’ll also give you the chance to gain meaningful work experience and take part in competitions at the highest level.
You will need a passion for the electrical industry; lots of energy and 100% commitment to achieve the best you can be. All of the courses are full time, so dedication is key.
Level 1 - City and Guilds 7202-01 Electrical Installation
This qualification is for those waiting to enter the Electrical industry. It gives you the opportunity to pick up some core skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to progress onto our Level 2 Electrical Installation qualification.
This qualification is aimed at learners who want to learn the basic skills and knowledge of Electrical Installation.
Level 2 - City and Guilds 8202-20 Electrical Installation Diploma
This qualification is for you if you are a 16‐19 year old learner, who wishes to work as an electrician in the building services industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of occupational skills and provide a platform from which to progress through further into an apprenticeship programme or into employment. This route at Level 2 is a step towards becoming a competent electrician. The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the electrotechnical sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as: • Scientific Principles • Installation of wiring systems and enclosures • Electrical Installations Technology
Level 3 - City and Guilds 8202-30 Electrical Installation Advanced Diploma
This qualification is for you if you are a 16-19 year old learner, who wishes to work as an electrician in the building services industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of occupational skills and provide a platform from which to progress through further learning or into employment. This vocational route at level 3 is a vital step towards becoming a competent electrician.
The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the electrotechnical sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as: working safely and effectively, design, construct, test and commission electrical systems, methods of supervision, electrical science and principles, wiring regulations and law, diagnose and repair electrical faults.
What can I do next?
Upon completion of the Level 3 students need to gain employment within the electrical installation trade in order to complete a portfolio of practical work, before undertaking the AM2 End Point Assessment. Successful completion of the AM2 means that you are a qualified electrician. Once qualified, you can then choose to move into specific areas of the trade (subject to additional training) such as Power Generation, Renewables, Smart Metering, Off-Shore, Explosive Atmospheres, Electrical Maintenance.
There are currently around 350,000 electricians in the UK, and the UK is heading for a skills crisis in the electrical sector due to the drive for greener technology.
The country will need up to 15,000 more skilled electricians in the next five years to cope with demand for new developments such as smart meters and electric cars.
Major new builds such as Sizewell 'C' Power station will also require a significant number of electricians, in addition to the large offshore wind farms which require regular maintenance.
“Electrical science has revealed to us the true nature of light, has provided us with innumerable appliances and instruments of precision, and has thereby vastly added to the exactness of our knowledge.” - Nikola Tesla
- Level 1 - Maths GCSE Grade 4, English Grade 3
- Level 2 - Maths GCSE Grade 5, English 4
- Level 3 - Successful completion of Level 2
Note: All Level 1 and 2 applicants will also be required to undertake an initial assessment at interview.
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