Why More Females Should Become An Electrician

While the majority of employees in the electrical industry may be male, there are plenty of job opportunities for females.

A growing number of women are looking to become fully qualified electricians due to the numerous employment opportunities available in the electrical industry despite the economic downturn.

The credit crunch has hit women worse then men with a greater number facing redundancy compared to their male counterparts and this has resulted in more females wanting to retrain and enter the electrical industry.

Although the industry has a reputation for being heavily male dominated, this has started to change in recent years as more and more women have taken electrical courses and qualified as fully competent engineers.

There have been a number of schemes set up to address the gender gap within the industry and women have been encouraged to take advantage of these in order to improve their skills and achieve qualifications.

Electrical companies are also more than willing to employee female engineers as they are popular with older customers and people from certain religions who are not comfortable with men being in their home.

Women should not expect to walk into a job, however, as it is a long road to becoming a fully qualified electrician with a progressive sequence of qualifications required to be achieved.

There has been some confusion over the past month about which electrical qualifications need to be completed before a trainee can call themselves a fully competent engineer.

The City & Guilds 2357 - Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment was introduced at the start of 2011 as a more advanced entry level qualification.

This qualification was intended to replace Levels 2 and 3 of the City & Guilds 2330 but following feedback trainees are now allowed to register on the 2330 until January 31st 2013.

The City & Guilds 2330, which is currently more popular with learners and training providers, will be available as an alternative route into the electrical industry alongside the City & Guilds 2357 until the end of January 2013.

If you are unsure about what qualifications you need to take, it is advisable that you talk to a reputable training provider as they will have the expertise to advise you about a course of learning that suits you.

Private training providers are in a better position to provide the latest electrical qualifications compared to further education colleges who have had to drop courses due to budget constraints.

Able Skills provide training through electrical courses and plumbing courses. Able Skills have opened an Energy Saving Training Centre to provide approved training on the installation of energy efficient forms of heating and lighting. Visit the website at http://www.ableskills.co.uk/ for further information.

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