Where Do I Start? School/College Leavers   

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If you’re interested in electrical apprenticeships, most employers work in partnership with an Apprenticeship Training Provider – they’ll manage your apprenticeship process and also work alongside your employer to review and assess your progress.

There are some key factors to help you identify a good Training Provider:

  • Success Rates: Apprenticeship Training Providers are measures on what percentage of apprentices starting a programme successfully finish the course (Overall success rates) and then what percentage of apprentices successfully finish within the agreed timeframe.

At present the national overall success rate is 67.3% and the timely success rate is 49.6%.  (For example, JTL’s current success rates are 78% and 64% respectively).  All Training Providers will be able to give you their own success rates which you can compare.

Other factors to look into include:

  • Ofsted Inspection: a good starting point is to review the report of their most recent Ofsted inspection. A good provider should be working at grade 2 or above.
  • Recognised Qualifications: If you want to do an electrotechnical apprenticeship, you should be gaining a level 3 qualification and the two awarding organisations are EAL and City & Guilds.  Despite what some providers will say, not all qualifications are appropriate and you will need to establish if the Training Provider you have chosen delivers recognised qualifications.

Where Next?

The ‘Find an Apprenticeship training organisation’ search tool on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) website allows you to search for suitable organisations that offer Apprenticeship training within a specified job role, and geographical area.

JTL is an example of a national apprenticeship training provider that works all around the country. Local colleges and other private training provider companies will also offer apprenticeships. Be sure to ask the right questions, so you are starting off on the right foot.