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  1. L

    UK Training to become an sparky

    Evening guys, I wouldn't mind becoming a sparky, but with a mortgage and 3 whipper snappers I can't afford to drop to an apprentice wage, there's no night courses near me, what other way is there? Or isn't there? Haha.
  2. Gary Tollison

    Newly qualified sparky looking for work.

    Hello :) As the title says, I’m in the market for work. I have level 3 diploma in electrical installations BS7671 17th edition 2391 - certificates pending AM2 will be done soon. Is anyone willing, or know anyone willing to take a chance on a kiwi with little practical experience? I’m willing to...
  3. Pete999

    Where is SparkyChick?

    Where has SC gone?????
  4. Pete999

    Best Sparky you ever worked with

    When I first started in 1961/2, one of the Blokes I Was Apprenticed to was a Chap called Pete Orange, good Bloke good Sparks to boot, Pete taught me a lot about being an Electrician, as well a lot about growing up, not many like Pete left in this world now I'm sad to say. I followed Pere around...
  5. L

    You know you're a sparky when.....

    Another bit of fun, it can be anecdotal or make up YKYASW; You take off your trousers at night and instead of a tills worth of loose change falling out, you have a wholesalers worth of rawl plugs, fuses, screws and that bit of fluff you can't figure out where the hell it came from..... Next!
  6. Megawatt

    The big difference in the electric terminology and installation regulations and practice in each country!

    I’m from the US and I’m just trying to learn how UK does things and the terminology of what I call something verses what y’all call materials. I read some of this and I mostly don’t know what being said and I’ve been doing this for 32 years
  7. Jay 1987

    Looking for mentor/supervisor for whole house rewire in Birmingham

    Hello everyone My name is jay and I’m from the trainee section of this website. I have spoken to respected memebers from this forum and have been advised to create and send this message. Please don’t bite my head off or give silly non sensical answers, as I may get things wrong . (Thanks in...
  8. J

    Transfer to a sparky

    Hello all! I could really use some advice please. I’m currently working as a offshore electrical commissioning tech. (2weeks on 2weeks off) and really want to start my own domestic electrical business on my off rotations. My problem is that my qualifications are as followed: L3 NVQ and BTEC...
  9. B

    hi people sparky turned scientist back to sparky

    Long time lurker. finally decided to post as my brain is very confused. My situation is family friend really wants me to do his rewire but wants that mates rate. I'm thinking just full stop doing for family and friends as they seem to think its all for free or some dumb price. but at the same...
  10. W

    Trainee Route into being a sparky

    Hi All, I'm considering a career change into being an electrician and wanted to gather peoples thoughts on what is the best route into the trade that delivers most bang for the buck. I've been offered an eight week course for £7000 in South London which will give me my part P and 18th...
  11. V

    Becoming a sparky (with on site experience)

    Hi Eveyone, Just like to get some advice on becoming a gold card sparks. Here is some background info and i would like some info on what i can do to become a gold card electrician. I started working with my uncle at 17 in 2001 for a housing maintenance company as a subcontractor, after a few...
  12. M

    @ 33 & 10+ years of various jobs with no end reward. Time to be a Sparky! Help please

    So I just got let go from my job last week as operations manager was in the role for 6 months, previously I was a transport supervisor at different company for 1 year pay averaging at 25k lot of responsibilities zero recognition. Now at 33 it’s kinda of daunting being out of work. Yes I’m...
  13. T

    NZ Sparky- Southampton Area

    Hi everybody, I have recently relocated from New Zealand where I am an experienced electrician. I'm looking for any type of work at the moment, but unfortunately I don't have my ECS card yet as I don't have my National Insurance number yet - a lovely catch-22 for you. If anyone has any jobs...
  14. T

    NZ sparky just moved to the UK

    Hi everyone, I have just settled here in the UK with my British partner. We are based in Southampton. I am a New Zealand qualified Electrician with 6 years qualified experience. I come from a broad background with my most recent experience in high end residential and commercial work. I am now...
  15. Nuno Gomes

    New Sparky - My introduction

    Hi All I´m recent City & Guilds level 3 qualifiedlooking for the opportunity to gain expirience and guidence to do my NVQ 3 and be a full qualified sparky. I have lived and worked in the UK for 3 years - studying English and working in several different jobs such as electrician mate, labourer...
  16. D

    Aussie Sparky new to UK

    Hi all, I have just come across to the UK and in the process of establishing myself. Currently based in London and been a qualified electrician in Australia for 10 years after completing a 4 year apprenticeship. I have completed the 18th edition, AM2 and have had my Aus qualification recognised...
  17. C

    Cat 6 connections by a sparky

    Had to cable some cat 6 cabling,while putting in ours,usual thing. Just use what you have,which was external cat 6. Can you 2nd fix them too. Bit of a nightmare really,with my glasses on it was hard to see connections,also in awkward places to connect. Also the quality of these data points can...
  18. Gary Tollison

    newly qualified sparky :)

    Hello. I'm near the end of level 3 Domestic Electrical Installer. All modules done, only 3 practical weeks to go, yay! BS7671 17th under my belt, 2392 inspection, testing and verification, along with other certificates. I'm 44*cough* years old, born and bred in New Zealand, with not much...
  19. H

    Am i entitled to call myself a sparky?

    Ok , so i completed 2365 level 3, and also 17th edition. At my place of work , I'm the go to guy, as well as another very experienced electrician, to do the electrical work. They don't seem to have a problem with me not having the nvq completed ( maybe naive) . I've had some issues with a new...
  20. JOURNEYMAN

    MR WET PANTS IS NOW PLAYING AT BEING A SPARKY

    I received a call yesterday evening from one of my regular customers requesting that I attend a ground floor rental flat that he owns to check the electrical installation which had received yet another soaking as the flat above had another leak from a newly fitted bathroom. Apparently the ground...
  21. S

    west midlands based sparky ?

    hi all Ive just started my level 2 & 3 fast track course full course is 10 months for both qualifications doing it on sat and sun as i work Monday to Friday as a HGV driver and transport manager once I've completed the course it will be time to get the experience working i have family who are in...
  22. A

    Hello Everyone.... Help if possible?

    Hello everyone I am completely new to this forum and to the trade in general. I’m 29 and currently looking at changing my career of which I plan to start college later this year to eventually become a qualified electrician. In the interim I’m looking for experience of which I’m willing to...
  23. P

    Hoping a Sparky can help

    i have just tried to install a bathoom fan with light xpelair with light 93087AW Xpelair | SSISFC Simply Silent Illumi Shower Fan Complete | 93087AW - https://www.xpelair.co.uk/product/93087AW/SSISFC-Simply-Silent-Illumi--Shower-Fan-Complete I am replacing old fan run from a light switch and...
  24. P

    Wanted - Trainee sparky job near Stevenage

    Hello again everybody, I'm 33 years old and looking to retrain from a mind numbing office job. I did some building work back when I left school and I've always wanted to get back into it. Well, at the ripe old age of 33, it's now or never. I have a loose plan in place to get qualified. That...
  25. C

    Plumber who is also an sparky, allegedly

    Hello guys A plumber done some terrible electrical work, one item had been securing jack chain to 25mm conduit with plastic cable ties. Can someone point me in the direction of an adapter that will hook around the conduit and provide a hook for the jack chain?
  26. Jim90

    Sparky of 7 years looking for advice

    Hi Guys, As above after qualifying from a full NVQ apprenticeship in my 20s and 7 years down the line I feel a bit bored in my current job. My past experiences include pretty much everything; domestic, commercial, industrial, controls (HVAC, BMS etc.), cctv, fire alarms, construction...
  27. Baker1988

    Settle a small disagreement with me and another sparky

    Hi just wondered if any one could settle this disagreement me and another sparky I work with are having. Basically do lighting circuits need rcd protection? The circuits I am on about are already existing (doing eicr?) and it is all surface mounted in pc trunking one of the circuits goes into a...
  28. N

    American qualified, help needed!

    Hi, My husband is American, he's 29 and (to American standards) is a fully qualified electrician. They operate on a 'time served' system, everyone takes the equivalent to 17th edition to be up on the wiring regulations and then just learns on the job. He has 9 years experience, mainly in...
  29. JK-Electrical

    Speedy Sparky Back Box Tool

    Has anyone used or bought one of these Speedy Sparky tools? At £19.99 it could be useful for those of us who do new builds.
  30. M

    Converting from IT Techie to Sparky - need some practical experience

    Having worked in the IT industry, I'm now looking to convert to a domestic Electrician. I have completed a basic electricians course and did my 17th Edition recently, but realise I need practical on the job experience as an Electricians Mate. I have been using a screwdriver since I was about 5...
  31. Dan

    If your child ended up being a sparky, would you be proud of them?

    Something that might get deep this. And I'd like it if you guys kept it amicable like you usually do. But I wondered, if your boy or girl ended up being an electrician (not always like yourself EXACTLY perhaps they go down a different route but still end up doing electrics)... .. would you be...
  32. S

    Keen Learner Around Manchester Area

    Hi, Electrical student looking for work around Manchester... Finished Level One and halfway through level two but looking for something more practical based... Just finished experience at Ashton Christmas markets and have experience in working as part of a team from a past job in Piccadilly...
  33. jam_in

    what do you think about this design !

    Hi guys ! i want to know your opinions about this design before i lunch it in store! would you wear this t-shirt ?! how much you rank it on a scale of 10 ?! do you have any suggestions to make it better?! do you have any other ideas or designs would you see it on a t-shirt ?! thanks
  34. Pete999

    Sparky School

    Going to get pilloried I just know it, Sparky School WTF, is there a Carpenter, Gas Fitter, Plumber School, Tiler School, my apologies to the younger generations,
  35. Pete999

    Micc

    As an afterthought from the Buck House thread, when I mentioned it would probably be a MICC install, several people mentioned they would give their back teeth to work with differing sizes of MICC, prompted me to ask the question "What's the largest size MICC you have worked with"? Singles or...
  36. S

    Hello

    Hi Guys, 46 yrs old x joiner/IT looking to change jobs and move into Electrical work. Considering private training course for City & Guilds 2365 Course Level 2 & 3 Diploma Done quite a lot of wiring in the past amongst other things. Like most sadly I cant afford 3yrs collage and wondering if I...
  37. S

    Good, easy reading textbooks?

    Hey! First time posting here :hurray: ive been a sparky for 10 years working in mostly domestic and now I've decided to try going into another form of the industry. However I've realised that I'm not as upto scratch as I should be with certain things and would like to refresh myself. I've spent...
  38. Leesparkykent

    Pride in your work.

    Went to look at a job this morning that's near completion but the customer has fallen out with the sparky firm over the state of the work...I'm not taking the job on as really busy atm, don't really want to be stuck in the middle of a dispute between the customer and the other firm, in general...
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