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What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and assessment and you will need to have relevant employment. In addition, you will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher, including English and maths or have achieved a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification* and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to, or exceeding Level 2 in English and maths. *please call Eastleigh College Apprenticeship Services on 023 8091 1226 to discuss.

What does this programme involve?

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and 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.

You will learn through a combination of on and off-the-job training. You will attend college either one day per week or on weekly block every month and spend the rest of your time earning and learning in the workplace. Apprentices will work towards one of the following pathways:

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

Maintenance - Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will learn through a combination of on- and off-the-job training. Two modes of college attendance are offered:

- Day release (STEL3); and
- Block release (STEB3)

The apprenticeship will cover a range of core requirements to become an Electrotechnical Engineer and develop apprentices knowledge, skills and behaviours. There will be a strong focus to develop apprentices technical knowledge and skills to include:

Knowledge & 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.

In addition,
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.

Maintenance Electricians must:
-Understand and apply the practices and procedures for planning and preparing to maintain electrotechnical systems and equipment.


Electricians will be expected to:

-Work reliably and effectively without close supervision
-Accept responsibility for the work of themselves and others
-Accept allocate and supervise technical and other tasks
-Use oral, written and electronic methods for the communication of technical and other information
-Work effectively with colleagues, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public
-Undertake work in a way that contributes to sustainable development
-Maintain and enhance competence in own area
-Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

For successful completion of the apprenticeship in Electrotechnical (Installation or Maintenance) all knowledge, skills and behaviours must be suitably demonstrated during an independent end point assessment.

The Apprenticeship has a minimum duration of 42 months but is likely to be delivered over 48 months to allow preparation for the end point assessment.

Your progress will be continuously monitored and supported by an Apprenticeship Officer.

What else do I need to know?

Typical job roles associated with this apprenticeship include: Installation Electrician or Maintenance Electrician. Apprenticeships are open to candidates of all ages above 16 years. If you are aged 19 or older, your employer will be required to co-fund the apprenticeship at a rate of 10%.

Due to the current national reform of apprenticeships, the information detailed for this programme is subject to change. From Autumn 2019, apprenticeships may be delivered as a newly developed standard; details of these will be updated on our website as soon as the information is released. To discuss further, please contact the Apprenticeship Experts on 02380 911226.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
STEB3 Eastleigh College 8/10/2018 TBC TBC – TBC 35 Please Enquire
STEL3 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 TBC TBC – TBC 35 Please Enquire Apply now
STEB3 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 TBC TBC – TBC 35 Please Enquire Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

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