Electrician (Installation/ Maintenance) Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship consists of two pathways, Installation Electrician and Maintenance Electrician and is for those looking for a rewarding career as an Electrician.  

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments, working in both indoor and outdoor settings.  They may also contribute to the design of electrical systems.

The apprenticeship will involve installation, testing and repairing the electrical circuits and wiring found in homes and businesses.  Work may range from fitting a bathroom shower circuit in a customer’s home to laying equipment cabling in new office developments. 

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What you will learn
  • Connection and termination of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems
  • Installation of wiring systems and electro-technical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electro-technical systems and equipment
  • Diagnosing and correcting electrical faults
  • Design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems
  • Current wiring regulations

There are three main Electrician orientated categories to this apprenticeship – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. More detailed information can be found on the apprenticeship standard document here.

Once you have successfully completed this apprenticeship you will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical (Installation or Maintenance).

Learning style

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work-based learning with an employer and be paid a wage.

You will attend college on a block release basis to ensure you get the support you need to succeed.  The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training provided by the employer.  You will be assigned an assessor who will help guide you through the entire apprenticeship.


City College’s construction workshops provide a fantastic learning environment with industry-standard equipment, where you can learn everything you need for you to begin your Electrical Installation/Maintenance Career.  We have industry experts tutors, who will be on hand to teach and guide you through and answer any questions you may have.

Entry requirements

Candidates will typically have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4/A*–C including English and maths.  You will need to provide evidence of this prior to starting your apprenticeship.  If you have not already achieved qualifications in English and maths, you will be required to do so before completing your apprenticeship – we can help you with this.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice.  If you already have an employer please contact us.  If not, don't worry, you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies here, which is regularly updated. 

You must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 42 months
  • Campus: Main
What next?

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress into a range of electrical installation and maintenance roles. By the end of the apprenticeship you will have satisfied the requirements for registration as Eng Tech by the Engineering Council.

Possible careers

  • Domestic Electrician
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Electrical Design Engineer 
Additional information

Information for Employers

Off-the-job training

Each apprenticeship must include 20% off-the-job training, which amounts to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship.  Off-the-job training is any learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.  Examples of this would be shadowing colleagues, attending supplier meetings, taking external courses, Toolbox talks etc.

End Point Assessment

Each apprentice will need to undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship, which is called AM2S.  It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed.  

An apprentice can only take this assessment once all other aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed.  An apprentice needs to be completely ready to take this assessment and the employer and assessor will decide when the time is right.  A declaration will be signed by both the employer, apprentice and assessor.  If the apprentice fails the assessment, then there will be a re-sit charge, which is generally paid by the employer.

The EPA consists of:

1) Synoptic practical - a timed assessment and takes around 16.5 hours, typically taken over 2.5 days.

2) Knowledge assessment - consists of multiple choice questions.

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