Become an Electrician

Electricians fit, test and repair electrical installations found in homes and businesses. This could include fitting consumer units and circuit breakers, connecting wiring to sockets, switches and light fittings and installing fire alarms.

  • Good with your hands
  • Methodical
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Practical
  • The ability to follow technical drawings
  • Building plans and wiring diagrams
  • The ability to work carefully
  • Planning and organisational skills

It is recommended that you have good GCSEs, particularly in maths and science.

At Leeds College of Building we offer a 1 year study programme and part-time course and also an apprenticeship in electrotechnical technology. If you take the 1 year option you will then need to move onto an apprenticeship. To become a qualified electrician you have to complete an advanced apprenticeship or be working in the industry to complete your NVQ.


Apprentice electricians can earn from £10,316 in their first year to £22,425 in their final year

Trained electricians earn an average salary of £33,495

Qualified electricians with experience can earn £42,500 or more

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.