MyJobQuote Logomyjobquote
  • Post a Job
  • Trade Signup
  • Ask a Trade
  • Cost Guides
  • About
  • Login
  • Over 1 million homeowners and over 30,000 tradespeople
    use MyJobQuote nationwide each year

    Post a Job or Sign up as a trade
    Post a Job or Sign up as a trade

    Ask a Tradesman

    Career change at 40+


    Hi I'm after advice, I'm due to be made redundant and looking to re-invest in myself. What is the best way I can enter the trade as it looks like apprenticeship is a dead end.

    Asked by Gareth on 19th Jan 2021
    Share this question

    Best Answer

    Wilson Electrics


    A domestic installer course package and then shadowing a qualified working electrician is an option to enter the industry."

    Answered on 8th Feb 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    Village Electrical

    "Hi! I did the exact same thing. I did the frowned upon course that doesn’t make you an electrician but gives you the ‘qualifications’. Fortunately for me I knew a number of people in the trade and got a lot of experience.
    That course is ok, but you need to find someone who you can shadow. That means even if you work for free and do something else to make money."

    Answered on 22nd Mar 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report
    Prompt Property Services Ltd


    You would need to attend a college electrical course which can take upto 3 to 4 years to complete."

    Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report

    "Look to enroll in a college course
    There are many courses online also
    I would recommend starting college and also getting a job as an electrician mate whilst at college
    Practical is a important as college"

    Answered on 24th Jan 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Falcon Innovations LTD

    "Hi, I would suggest the best way would be to go and do a course at college in electrical installation. Once you are up to Level 3 you shall have better leverage to speak to a company so they can put you through the final bit of training which requires employment for on site experience. After all this, and completion of exams (both practical and theory) you shall be fully qualified and able to seek further employment or speak to an awarding body and set up on your own company.

    I am unsure what entry requirements you shall need for college, but normally you can enter in on Level 2 (but have to do functional skills in English, maths and ICT if you do not have the qualifications) and then proceed with level 3. Hope this helps!"

    Answered on 20th Jan 2021 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    GoSmart Electrical

    "In my opinion, electrician especially commercial or industrial would be the best bet, and specialise in one area if you can, find good teachers and learn for free, invest TIME more than money, Love it & Want it and it will come, The law of attraction!. EV car chargers are becoming more and more in demand now."

    Answered on 18th Feb 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    JMC Electrical Service & Building Maintenance

    "Accesstrainingonline check this out its about 3k to join but once complete you will be fully qualified"

    Answered on 21st Jan 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    ALS Electrics

    "You’d have to go to college or night school and it would take around 4 years to complete."

    Answered on 13th Jul 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report

    Ask a Trade

    Got a question that only a tradesperson can answer? We have thousands of trades ready to answer any question you may have.

    Ask your Question

    Related questions

    Ready to get a price for your home improvement project?

    get started

    Report Content