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I'm moving to the UK shortly, and want to become an Electrician. In Ireland, where I come from, the process is simple - you do an apprenticeship.

It seems that in the UK, you can either do an apprenticeship, or go the "Electrical Improver" route - do college diplomas, then work as an Improver to complete an NVQ portfolio and do the AM2 exam.

Which of the routes would be most suitable for a 21 year old?

As regards the Improver route, it seems quite confusing. There's three levels of Diploma, but you don't seem to need to do Level 1? Is that correct, and is there a reason why? Both EAL and City & Guilds award Diplomas and NVQs which are supposed to be equivalent - in practice is one better than the other?

Thanks for your help.
 
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