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Starjack

Dont hate my success, strive to match it.
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So is it possible to be a fast-food worker or an office worker and then go on a 5 week course and come out the other end proclaiming to be an electrician.
In addition to that should you be allowed to do a 5 week course and immediately go self employed.
Is it safe to do a 5 week course then immediately be let loose on the public.

In my opinion if you insist on doing a 5 week course it should be compulsory to work for a company under a competent electrician for at least 3-5 years before becoming self employed.

5 weeks!!! It took me longer than that to learn to swim.
 

sparksburnout

Electrician's Arms
So how is this compulsory employment going to work then? Are firms going to be forced to take people on who are seeking to become electricians?
 

Ian1981

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The fact that the term ‘electrician ‘ is not a recognised licensed profession with recognised licensed qualifications means that anyone who’s done some kind of short course can call themselves one I’m afraid.
It does kinda take the **** when you’ve done a 4 year apprenticeship and added qualifications such as BS7671 and inspection and testing and worked hard to be able to call yourself an electrician.
Nothing against people coming into the trade without an apprenticeship, but short courses are ridiculous.
 
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ruston

Respected Member
They're just gonna make the rest of us look good!
Yes you could probably be right. We got a lot of good lads out of training programme that would not otherwise of had the opportunity to get an apprenticeship.
There is a lot of untapped talent out there .
One of our lads won the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
 
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Starjack

Dont hate my success, strive to match it.
Electrician's Arms
Yes you could probably be right. We got a lot of good lads out of training program that would not otherwise of had the opportunity to get an apprenticeship.
There is a lot of untapped talent out there .
One of our lads won the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
How do you get a job as the Duke of Edinburgh
 

ruston

Respected Member
Aye..….but some of these 5WW's are nearly as old as us, rus!!;)
Yes you are right . I still see the one that won the award . He trained in the machine shop and ended up an engineer
He is and was badly disabled when he started with us. He had a heart like lion.
 

spinlondon

Forum Mentor
You don’t need to do any course at all to be an electrician.
At least if they do a 5 week course and obtain some qualification, they’ll be qualified.
 

essex

Forum Mentor
Any industry that allows people to trade under schemes like the NICEIC after a five week course in people’s homes but those same people Would not be allowed on a building site doing the same job is a broken industry.
 

spinlondon

Forum Mentor
Any industry that allows people to trade under schemes like the NICEIC after a five week course in people’s homes but those same people Would not be allowed on a building site doing the same job is a broken industry.
Would you say, that it’s more or less broken now, than before, when you didn’t need to do any course or have any qualifications and MFT was the name of a kitchen supplier?
 
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essex

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Would you say, that it’s more or less broken now, than before, when you didn’t need to do any course or have any qualifications and MFT was the name of a kitchen supplier?
I cannot say. Always needed qualifications as long as I have been sparking.
 

ipf

Forum Mentor
At least you didn't get loads of people masquerading as 'qualified' with various organisations offering them the chance to.....and labelling them as such.
 

anthonybragg

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You don’t need to do any course at all to be an electrician.
At least if they do a 5 week course and obtain some qualification, they’ll be qualified.
The problem is the lack of on-site experience. Overcoming on-site problems especially in existing installations.
 
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