Many young people have fixed views on the requirements of various industries and are making decisions for themselves based on pre-conceived ideas that are often inaccurate or out of date. The focus on high exam scores with university as the goal can come at the expense of better information about important trades.
For new entrants into apprenticeships, their perceptions of what many trades are often far from reality. Technology has transformed industries and jobs beyond recognition. IT is now embedded in the electrical industry; electricians are as likely to work on the deal with IT equipment as wire in light fittings. With the automotive industry increasingly dominated by new technologies, a mechanic may never change an oil filter or spark plugs. Plumbing is no longer just blocked drains; it’s refrigeration repairs, solar hot water, rainwater tanks and other environmentally friendly new developments.
Only once successfully completing their apprenticeship will workers have insight into the nature of the work they are signing themselves up for working in their chosen industry. Helping all kids understand the changing world of work could significantly improve their experience obtaining a qualification and subsequently working in their chosen field.
Whilst on job experiences are vital in the electrical trade it’s vital not to over look the importance of training courses to keep both yourself and new apprentices up to date with all the latest regulations such as the latest 17th Edition wiring regulations, or Pat Testing courses.
Note: those who are already qualified electricians or a part qualified domestic electricians will not be required to attain the new 17th Edition qualification that has being designed but that they will benefit from taking the new 17th edition course and keeping all relevant qualifications up to date.