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Apprenticeships & Training for Electricians


Apprenticeships are a great choice for businesses of all shapes and sizes and offer complete flexibility – choose full or part time, or cherry-pick individual elements to fit around your own training programmes. They provide a fantastic opportunity for employers to recruit staff at no additional cost, help them improve productivity and help with skills training that fits their business with as little disruption as possible. 

The minimum wage an Apprentice must be paid is £2.73 per hour in the first year, although many companies do pay more.

Apprentices need to be recruited for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40, including a day release for training.

The qualification is available to anybody aged 16 and over. 16-18 year olds are 100% funded.

Qualification Overview


Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment includes:

  • 9 Knowledge Units (Training Centre)
  • 7 Performance Units (Portfolio)
  • Occupational Competence (AM2 Test)
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills ICT Level 2

Training Information

Apprentices are required to attend off-the-job training at a time and frequency that meets your business needs. A Training Advisor will be allocated to monitor progress and provide support to the Apprentice and Employer throughout the Apprenticeship.

Other Information

  • Start Date: All Year Round
  • Duration: Up to 3 1/2 Years

Advertising a vacancy

The ESA can advertise your vacancy free of charge, to the widest possible audience of young people looking for an Apprenticeship, by using the National Apprenticeship Service.

All you need to do is...

Let us know what you're looking for.

We'll send you the applications weekly.

Select the right person for your business.

Start the Apprenticeship.

Who is the Electrical Skills Academy?

The Electrical Skills Academy is an employer led partnership, bringing together the skills and expertise of Barlows Electrical; Total People and SBC Training.

Working closely with employers, the ESA provides cutting edge electrical training by using the latest industry techniques delivered by Barlow’s trainers who themselves are practising electricians. This ensures Apprentices have the opportunity to learn the latest skills and techniques and qualified electricians have an opportunity to develop existing skills and knowledge from industry specialists.

Our services include:

  • Apprentice recruitment and training
  • Short CPD courses to develop your workforce
  • Work experience placement service

Our training centres have been designed to provide a learning space suited for young enquiring minds where Apprentices can discuss the topics being taught and practice either installing equipment in our test bays or completing exams or assignments in our training rooms.

Training Centre Locations:

  • Chadderton
  • Malpas
  • Shrewsbury
  • Telford
  • Winsford

With sites across Greater Manchester and the West Midlands, the ESA is equipped to source, supply and train the electrical workforce of the future.

The ESA training provides me with confidence that my Apprentices are learning the trade from practising Electricians who understand my world.

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Contact us

Looking to advertise for an Apprentice, or just Want to know more information on how we can help your business?

Just let us know what you want by filling in the form and we'll get back to you.