The 4 Steps Explained

There has been major changes to the electrical industry, the domestic installer route is no longer recognised by the governing bodies as of September 2021. We have created the 4 steps programme that essentially mirrors the traditional apprenticeship route but for adult leaners and career changers. We feel this is the gold standard of electrical training to prepare you for the real world, delivered in a flexible and convenient way.

We have always been passionate about giving adult leaners the same opportunities as the younger generation coming through. Regardless of age, experience or background, if you want to become an electrician then the 4 Steps is the right course for you.

Please watch the explainer video and read all the content below, should you need anymore information or have any questions please give our course advisors a call. 

Approved Electrical Contractor; Our 4 Steps Approach

Our 4 Steps approach allows you to front load the training elements to gain the skills to break into the electrical industry and find work. We start with domestic electrics and then each stage takes you closer to becoming an approved electrical contractor. Every step is designed to make you more and more employable. 

A Unique Approach

Our 4 Steps approach enables and encourages those who want to work as electricians to progress beyond Domestic electrical skills and become registered electricians.

Everyone starts at the same point; even from Step 1 everyone is on the City & Guilds 2365 Diploma program leading to the NVQ. We begin with the relevant Domestic modules of the Level 2 & 3 Diploma qualification and progress to the more in depth electrical science and knowledge units. We do this to give you the best chance possible to get working as soon as possible. You can hop off and back on the programme at any time as your situation allows. Many people who start out on the programme find work in related specialist industries such as solar PV, Wind Farming, EV car charging in a wide variety of roles, however most will progress at their own pace towards Gold Card Electrician Status.

Step On Step Off, You're In Control

What is different about our program to what you might see elsewhere is that there are Step Off points to enable people to Step Off the whole Diploma program and Step On again when experience has been gained in the workplace. The Step Off points are shown in the diagram above so you are able to learn in bite size bits as suits your budget and time commitments.

We listen to what the Industry needs

We have developed this program after listening to those in the industry who were concerned that many people were practicing as electricians when really, they were skilled up to competent Domestic Installers level only. This program encourages you to progress further beyond a competent installer, if you want to be a qualified and registered electrician.

Progress from Beginner to Registered Electrician!

Ultimately this program is designed for adult learners in its flexibility, to reflect their typical time constraints of family and financial commitments and enables you to change your life and join a vibrant industry which currently adult learners find difficult to join.

Our 4 Step Diploma program v the Traditional apprenticeship

Firstly, let us point out, the skills and knowledge learned in both programs are fundamentally the same, electrics is electrics, both qualification routes contain the same content, they have to in order to comply with the City & Guilds standards to achieve the qualification. 

The ‘differences’ between the two programs are, how they are delivered, in what time frame, to who they are focused, the big difference is employment. To do an apprenticeship, you need a job, an employer to be an apprentice to, obviously. On our 4 Step programs, you don’t. Getting a job comes after your training, or typically for many people, during your training.

The How, The Who Benefits, The Disadvantages 

The 4 Step Program

  • The focus is the adult candidate, who brings life and workplace experience. This program would not be appropriate to the typical 16-19-year-old.
  • Candidate doesn’t need a job at the start, it can be self funded.
  • The Diploma is delivered in two week full time blocks with two week intervals to gain paid work experience.
  • Our data shows over 90% obtain paid work and experience during their training.
  • The front loading of relevant practical installations learning enables the candidate to be a useful employee and gives value to the employer’s business early in the training course.
  • Modern training methods as used in all Universities. A mix of Traditional face to face in centre learning and Web-based learning known as ‘Blended learning’ meaning, webinars, recorded and live video tutorials, online personalised mentoring, web based assessments and progression monitoring. e-tutoring, e-mentoring, e-learning. Saves ‘In-Centre’ time, expensive in terms of time and money for the candidate.
  • Candidates are fully supported all the way through. Candidates can gather evidence for Online digital NVQ earlier in training, enabling earlier and quicker NVQ progression. Typically 12-18 months from the start of NVQ Registration at Step 3.
  • Candidate progresses through Diploma with valued learning and quickly without wasting time, progresses through NVQ earlier, is able to undertake AM2 earlier.
  • Candidate becomes properly trained and self-sufficient in workplace much earlier, typically within 1 year of start.

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