Apprenticeships in the Electrical Industry

The electrical apprenticeship is usually completed in 36 to 48 months, it is built up with a number of elements. Wherever you chose to study you will most likely be asked to produce your GCSE results, have a skills scan and asked to sit an aptitude test. If you do not have the required GCSE’s you may also study key/functional skills in Matths, English and ICT.

The apprenticeship requires you to complete a level 3 technical certificate, some providers are still offering the 2365 level 2 and 3 and some have moved on to the 2357 which is made up of knowledge and practical units, whichever route is taken you will need to successfully pass the knowledge elements, practical elements, complete GCSE’s grade c or above and finally pass the AM2 exam.

You will attend a training center either on a day or block release programme, this is usually decided by your employer and training provider. You will be assessed at work by an electrical assessor and by your tutor whilst studying. The current rate of pay for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour, however all of your training and exams are funded by the Government provided you have an employer.

What is in the Course?

Health and Safety – 2365-201
Principles of Electrotechnology – 2365-202
Health and Safety and Electrical Principles Level 2 (Unit 3) – 2365-203
Health and Safety and Electrical Principles Assignment Level 2 (Unit 3) – 2365-204
Installation (Buildings and Structures) (Unit 4) – 2365-205

Installation (Buildings and Structures) Assignment (Unit 4) – 2365-206
Health and Safety and Electrical Principles Level 3 – 2365-301
Inspection and Testing – 2365-302
Fault Diagnosis and Rectification – 2365-303

AM2 Exam

Originally part of the pre-NVQ assessments, the AM2 is an independently administered practical exam and multiple choice test that take place at various centres across the country.

The AM2 now forms the final unit of the C&G 2357 qualification (2357-399) and must be completed to gain the whole qualification.

Before a student will be allowed to sit the AM2, a mandatory checklist sill be completed to ensure that the student is ready to take the test.

The test lasts between 2 and 2 and a half days (16.5 hours) and there will be four distinct sections.

What Does the Exam Consist Of?

Section A
Fabrication has been removed entirely as it is thought to be a level 2 skill. There are also increased expectations on the students ability to think about the installation design criteria. For example, the correct choice of protective device, the selection of RCD / RCBO for relevant circuits and the correct overload setting within the DOL starter (which will be changed frequently so has to be calculated on an individual basis).

Below are some of the expectations for the student:

  • SWA termination
  • SY (Armourflex) termination
  • Data cable termination
  • Twin and CPC (2 way lighting)
  • FP200
  • Compartmental trunking wiring
  • Tray dressing
  • DOL starter and motor circuit (starter pre-wired)
  • Overload to be set correctly according to motor rating
  • External socket (to be RCD protected)
  • CO2 detector
  • Thermostat connections
  • S Plan heating system
  • Solar panel
  • Earthing systems

Section B and C
Inspection, test and fault finding. This time, the expectation is on the student to complete a full set of BS7671 paperwork, an EIC, Schedules of test results and schedule of inspection.

Section D
A 30 question multiple choice paper which will relate to the AM2, such as:

  • Health and Safety and working safely
  • Risk assessments
  • Building Regulations
  • BS7671 and methodology
  • Installation techniques
  • Control systems
  • Overload and short circuit protection
  • Inspection and testing and fault finding
  • Hand tool use and care

The pass mark for the exam is 80%.

Still Have Questions About Your NVQ Level 3 Electrical?

Whether it's about your previous experience and qualifications in the industry, the difference between the NVQ 2356, 2346, 2347 or 2357, or you're unsure whether the on-site or online path may be best for you, then please do get in touch. We'd be happy to help if we can.

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