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I am 18 years old , completed my level 2 & 3 electrical installation city and guilds.
I do not know what to do now as I can’t get an apprenticeship because I’ve done all of the theory side but have no experience. So I am just wondering how I can get experience so I can start building my portfolio. I have just paid for an ecs test So I will hopefully have that in the coming weeks
 
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JAWS

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Trainee
You can still do an apprenticeship nothing stopping you doing that Callum. As for your portfolio only suggestions are just send emails or phone local companies, register with an agencies and hopefully something will pop up for you.
 

BruvDunk

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Arms
My son is in a similar position, just got to keep firing out the CV to local companies/ agencies and keep your fingers crossed...

Does seem trickier nowadays with so many people after positions...
We could almost finish one week and start somewhere else the next week when I was fresh out of college.
 
T

Toneyz

I keep on hearing on the news about a skills shortage.
Once if you started as an apprentice when you qualified you stayed on with that company for a few years and the company got there return on their investment in training you. But these days there seems a reluctance as when the newly qualified electrician has come out of time they are off chasing the money.
 
Best thing too do mate is do what im doing same age same position get a part time job buy your tools and advertise yourself for some electrical work facebook is best bet on marketplace you have level 2,3 so your allowed too write a minor certification you just buy the book from cef and fill in your testing info and such easy as that take photos as you go along collect them all buy time youve done that youll have enough money too pay for your level 3 nvq wich is around 2/3 grand a bloke will come out and watch you do some work make sure you follow rules and regulations in your on site guide correct ppe and such once youve got your nvq you need too do your testing and inspection and AM2 then apply for ecs gold card and youll be fully done off your own back for around 22
 
Go self deployed

Do small work for friends , family , the old lady down the road. Save up your money and join a scam.

Then advertise on social media , YouTube channel , sign written van and bigger jobs will slowly come in.

I know plenty people who have done this route some of which now employ a dozen full time sparks / labourers etc

Great oaks come from tiny acorns
 
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