You may be asking yourself "Should I become an electrician?" Well, Electricians, You’re in demand! A lack of available labour is becoming a major threat for electrical contractors, according to industry magazine, Construction News. The shortage is attributed to a number of factors including the battle among booming housebuilders for key trades, as well as scores of workers who left the industry during the economic downturn. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the electrical sector is suffering from a lack of resource, with just 179,000 operatives active in the UK now, down from 184,800 in 2012. Commenting on research, ECA director of employment and skills, Alex Meikle, explained: “During the early years of the recession many electricians were still in work, as most electrical work is done during the end of construction projects, meaning the effect of falling construction work is delayed. “There have been some positive signs – there is evidence that the number of apprentices has picked up for the first time during this year.” New data from the National House Building Council (NHBC) shows that October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011, so the potential workload for qualified electricians is currently at an all time high! With your skills so high in demand, you could see business soar over the coming months, so make sure skills and qualifications are up-to-date to put you in the best position to win the top jobs. Whether you are already trained or looking to switch to a career as an electrician, we offer a range of courses to suit from Domestic Electrical Installer (Part P) course to L3 QCF qualification in Initial Verification & Certification of Electrical Installations. If you are a new entrant to the industry and would like to be able to carry out electrical work in domestic dwellings then you need to look at our New Entrants Domestic Electrical Programme which if completed in full will allow you to join an electrical competent persons' scheme and be able to notify your own work Or perhaps your role requires the inspection and testing of in-service electrical equipment? Our City & Guilds 2377 PAT Testing course will equip you with all you need to know. Click here for a full list of our electrical courses. *https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/news/knowledge-news/scaffolders-and-electricians-in-focus-as-skills-shortage-deepens-23-09-2014/#X-201409181824501Back to Insights
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Should I become an Electrician?
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