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So I went to college and got my City & Guilds 2365 level 3 electrical installation diploma, but what do I do next, I know I am meant to look for an apprenticeship but I remember my teacher saying something like you need to apply for an NVQ or some ECS thing, can someone explain the steps AFTER you get your level 3 diploma
 
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JAWS

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Hi Muiz.
Now you've completed your level 3 diploma you'll need to book in for an AM2 which includes a practical, also written exam & once that is completed you'll be on the home stretch where you will have to seek work as an electrician improver/mate/Apprenticeship where you'll complete the NVQ portfolio.
In the mean time it will be worth applying for your ECS card which you'll get as you have your level 3 diploma, this will involve doing a H&S online test. Electrical Labourer - https://www.ecscard.org.uk/card-types/electrotechnical/labourer-ecs-card
 
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Thanks for not giving an ignorant reply, other sites did, but I thought the AM2 was the final step, my teacher said that's a 6 hour practical exam, and how do I train for an AM2 as college finished last year and as a trainee, I forgot some things
 

ruston

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Don't worry about forgetting things , it is easy to do that as there is a lot to take in at the early stages . Just keep doing revision to keep it fresh in your mind. When you get back into the practical the necessity of need will bring it back to you.
This career is on going learning , you have to keep at it and learning is progressive .
A local College may be the answer to the AM2. Don't give up or get disheartened now that you have worked to get to this stage.
 
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Thanks, so I need to go for my AM2 now and when I pass that I go for an apprenticeship, is there a guide to the NVQ like what needs to be done, also what is NVQ1, NVQ2 and NVQ3? What are the best guides for learning the AM2, I struggled enough on the 6 hour practical on level 2 this is gonna be hard
 

MDJ

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No one wants to give you a nasty reply, but I believe you also need sound advice, as well as college which is great you need experience, all the qualifications in the world mean nothing without training on site, I strongly recommend you look around for a mates role whilst training otherwise you will end up really peed off when looking for a sparks job after knock back after knock back, good luck for the future
 

ruston

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Another good thing about the local college is that you will be mixing with the local apprentices and trainees , a lot of local information on job opportunities can be found in this way . The canteen was always a good jobcentre.
 
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Alright thanks, what's the best site to look for an apprenticeship, I will find an apprenticeship first then complete the NVQ then the AM2, it is costly too :/
 

AJ3209

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I agree experience and building the portfolio for the NVQ and then doing the AM2 would be best route. If you can get an apprenticeship, the government will provide a minimum of 95% funding since the change in the levy / coinvestment rates early this year. Employers can’t charge you for training under an apprenticeship either so a provider like JTL would be a good start. Think they have a vacancies list on their website
 
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Thanks, this was all confusing to me, I tried JTL but sadly I failed the test, shows how stupid I am, I can give it 1 more go and if I fail again then I have to wait a year
 

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