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If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice Electrician you will be following a Modern Apprenticeship and will achieve an SVQ Level 3. The first step is to register with SECTT for the Pre-Employment Assessment. This assessment covers both Technical comprehension and Numeracy subjects and is carried out at a college local to you. When you've finished reading this information and are ready to apply for the Pre-Employment Assessment, have your personal details at hand, e.g. National Insurance No, SQA Registration No.

On completion of the online application we will contact you by letter/email and invite you to attend the Pre-Employment Assessment. Some sample questions are available here prior to applying for the Pre-Employment Assessment. Your application will be acknowledged, however we will not contact you again until we have arranged a Pre-Employment Assessment in your area.  This may take some weeks depending on the time of year and/or the number of applicants on the waiting list.

Once you have satisfactorily achieved the Pre-Employment Assessment, SECTT will circulate your details to employers (Electrical Contractors) in your area. We would also advise you to contact employers about Apprenticeship vacancies and tell them that you have passed the SECTT Pre-Employment Assessment.

To become an Apprentice Electrician you must be in full time employment with an Electrical Contractor (Electrician). SECTT would recommend that prior to contacting employers that you follow the process above.

Once you have secured employment your employer will be in contact with SECTT and we will organise a place for you at a local college where you will begin the Modern Apprenticeship.


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What's involved?

The Apprentice Training Scheme is carried out in 3 Stages.

Stage 1 This consists of 17 weeks of block release at a local college. The typical pattern
commences in August with 5 weeks at college, and a further 3 blocks of 4 weeks before July the following year. Site experience is gained in between the college attendance.

Skills learned will be both practical and theoretical, e.g. health and safety, wiring systems, wiring enclosures, installation regulations, etc.


Stage 2 This consists of 11 weeks of block release, again at a local college, with site experience gained in between the college attendance.

Skills learned will be both practical and theoretical, e.g. cable selection, motors, Electrical Installation projects, etc.


Stage 3 This consists of site experience with one week at college.

Skills learned, e.g. assessment of safe working practices, safe isolation, inspection, testing and commissioning of electrical installations.


Current rates of pay are available on the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) website.
There are many different and exciting career opportunities for qualified electricians.



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