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Electrical Installation - Apprenticeship Level 3

Start Date: 2nd September 2021
Code: PWFN01694

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Newtownabbey
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. To make an enquiry or register your interest please email the course contact below. Applications for 2022/23 will open in January 2022.


Duration: 5 Years Full-time
Start date: 2nd September 2021
End date: 28th August 2026
Information Event: Y

What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprenticeship you are employed as full-time members of staff and typically work for an employer four days a week. One day a week is spent at college, studying for nationally-recognised qualifications in the same profession as the apprenticeship.

  • You must find your own employer
  • Some employers may require GCSEs on entry
  • It might be possible to do an apprenticeship with a current employer
  • You work all year round, but your College classes run from September to July
  • Employers pay for the day the apprentice is in college, meaning you will receive a full-time wage at least  in accordance with the national minimum wage

Details and restrictions

  • Apprentices must be aged 16 or above. Restrictions apply for those over 25.
  • Employers must be based in Northern Ireland
  • ApprenticeshipsNI 2017 is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DfE)

Select Entry Requirements for specific entry requirements for this course.

Course Content

Electrical Installation is offered under the Apprenticeship scheme. 

ApprenticeshipNI Level 3 City & Guilds NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) combines the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in the College classroom and workshops enabling you to become a fully qualified electrician on completion of the AM2.

Subjects include:  

  • Apply Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations
  • Electrical Scientific Principles and Technologies
  • Understand Design and Installation Practices and Procedures
  • Understand How to Plan and Oversee Electrical Work Activities
  • Understand Inspection, Testing and Commissioning
  • Inspect, Test and Commission Electrical Systems  
  • Understand Fault Diagnosis and Rectification 
  • Apply Fault Diagnosis and Rectification  

You must be aged 16 – 24 years of age.

You must have a total of 16 points, derived from all GCSE results, inclusive of two GCSE Grade C qualifications in English and Maths or Essential Skills Level 2 in Numeracy/Application of Number and Communication/Literacy.

GCSE Grade A/A* - Points Attributed 10
GCSE Grade B - Points Attributed 8
GCSE Grade C - Points Attributed 6
GCSE Grade D - Points Attributed 4
GCSE Grade E - Points Attributed 2

You must meet all necessary health requirements, have no colour vision defects, be physically fit, and be able to work at heights in confined spaces. Verification of health requirements must be obtained from both your GP and optician. Your GP and optician will be asked to sign, date and apply the practice/surgery stamp to your verification.

In addition if you are an existing employer you must: Be in permanent remunerative employment with a Northern Ireland-based company from day one of the apprenticeship; be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/off-the-job training) with one employer; and meet all the other eligibility criteria as set out above.

Following successful completion of the Level 3 ApprenticeshipsNI you may be able to progress to higher education – HNC/HND/Higher Level Apprenticeship – or employment in the field you have studied in.

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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