Course Name: Level 3 Electrical Installation Apprenticeship Standard

Entry Requirements

You will require 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including GCSE maths and English.

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 2 English and maths.

In addition, you will need to have an employer who is able to support you as an apprentice. Your employer must be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Apprentice Standard with their scope of work.

What's Involved

Electricians are trusted to safely install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air-conditioning and metering equipment, as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies.

Installation Electricians typically work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low-voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

They will install, test understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for installing electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

Key principles of the programme covered include:

- Electrical principles

- Inspection, testing and commissioning

- Fault diagnosis and rectification

- Health, safety and welfare

In addition, the programme will cover a wide variety of installation tasks including:

- Preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

- Electrical principles associated with the design, build, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems

- Legislation around inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

- Installation Electricians must: understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

Electricians will use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply their technical and practical skills. They will contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and your college.

A Electrical apprenticeship usually 4 years (48 months).

During this time, you will be allocated an Assessor to support and guide you through your training programme.

Most apprentices follow a Traditional Apprenticeship route, which combines college attendance with learning on site.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will get:

- On the job training – this is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills knowledge and behaviours, this is typically 4 days per week.

- Apprentices must complete 20% off-the-job training during on-programme. Specific rules govern this and it must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours.

There is a mandatory Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification

Attend college typically 1 day per week, to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours within Electrical Installation including:

Knowledge and Skills:

- Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems

- Understand and apply the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

- Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

- Understand and apply the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

- Understand and apply the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems

- Oversee and organise the work environment.

- Understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

In all of these activities, Electricians must understand and apply health and safety and environmental regulations, guidance notes and relevant codes of practice; and the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations.

Behaviours:

- Team working

- Effective communication

- Strong work ethic

- Awareness of health, safety and welfare

- Accept responsibility for the work of themselves and others

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 2 English and maths.

Typical completion time is likely to be 48 months.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and we place a great emphasis on this part of your education. If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be required to provide and wear at all times (in the college site area) mandatory PPE as follows:

- Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)

- Approved hi-visibility vest

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear / clothes; it will be possible to order this directly with suppliers during college enrolment

Please note the college has no objection to, and would encourage students to wear, the named PPE provided by their employers.

Course Assessment Method

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the standard.

Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship which must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours.

The apprentice must also complete a portfolio of evidence during their on-programme learning.

If not already achieved, the apprentice will have to achieve Level 2 English and maths.

You will be assessed through a series of:

- Online Multiple choice exams

- Written assessments

- Practical assessments

- Development of a portfolio of work.

Apprentices must achieve a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) to demonstrate competency in their chosen occupation.

The qualification is assessed through a variety of assessment methods.

The knowledge units include:

- online tests

- written paper

- projects or assignments

- practical observations

These units will be assessed at the candidates training provider.

The performance units will be evidenced through a work place evidence record which will form part of the learners’ portfolio. The performance units should be assessed through naturally occurring opportunities whilst in the work place. The work place evidence record allows candidates to demonstrate the practical skills and associated knowledge required of an electrical apprentice.

Learners must:

- successfully complete all assessments for each mandatory unit delivered

- successfully complete all assessments for each optional unit delivered

You will also undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA).

To move on to end-point assessment, the Apprentice must pass the assessment for Level 3 Electrotechnical qualification (Installation), show evidence of the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours, and have achieved maths and English Level 2 (or equivalent).

EPA is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must demonstrate their learning to an independent end-point assessor.

All Apprentices must complete the AM2 (Electrotechnical Assessment of Occupational Competence). This single common assessment is externally set and marked by an independent body within an independent assessment structure.

It must be taken at an approved AM2 test centre with specific test booths and /or test rigs used only for AM2 assessment.

The AM2 is a robust, timed (16.5 hours typically over 2 and a half days) practical and theory (40 multiple-choice questions) assessment in sections, requiring learners to perform a set of common tasks and procedures that a full scope electrical operative might face when working in commercial or industrial premises, as well as dwellings. It assesses learners on installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding; their work must comply with BS 7671, be in line with relevant Health and Safety legislation and conform to current industry practices and procedures.

What's Next

Increasingly time served trades men/women are being sought by contractors to act as site managers, bringing their own expertise to bear on the successful completion of projects which your Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for.

You could also progress on to a Level 4 qualification in management such as the HNC in Building Studies, HNC in Building Services or the HNC in Engineering Electrical.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is fully funded for those aged 16-18, however there may be an employer contribution for those aged 19+. Employers needing further details on costs and available government funding options should contact the Business Development Team on 01325 503210 or email business@darlington.ac.uk.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 20/21
Start Date: September 2020

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