Industry Consultation: Domestic Electrician Apprenticeship Standard

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1. Industry Consultation: Domestic Electrician Apprenticeship Standard
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Our industry is changing with more and more emphasis towards the internet of things and the concurrent demand for those with electrotechnical expertise to support the increasing technological demands of the domestic market.

The TESP LMI 2019 (The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership) report* showed that even at low projected industry growth rates, 10,000 new electricians and 5,000 new apprentices will be needed in addition to replacing the current retirees. 
https://www.the-esp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/TESP-LMI-Report-2019.pdf

The Domestic Electrician apprenticeship standard is for people who wish to work in the Electrotechnical field, but who do not initially wish to work on construction sites or new builds as a fully qualified Industrial or Commercial Electrician.  The candidates who complete the “Domestic Electrician” apprenticeship will work in a domestic setting only, installing connected home devices, and a range of comfort and convenience technologies as well as the wiring that goes along with domestic services. The apprenticeship will provide foundation skills in several areas which can be further developed through technology specific courses following completion of the apprenticeship.  

This development does not attempt to undermine or challenge the established electrotechnical standard. There will be clear progression routes and bridging opportunities for those wishing to transition from a domestic context to full industrial competence. This apprenticeship seeks to raise standards in the domestic electrical arena and provide a clear, funded training pathway to support the growth of apprenticeships in our industry. The end point assessment will be a modified version of the industry assessment of competence, AM2, delivered in a NET licensed centre.

The employer group behind this development believes there is a gap in current training provision leading to the persistent and longstanding proliferation of short courses and questionable training practices, with resultant piecemeal training of workers. This is unfair to new entrants to our industry who struggle to find an employer even after spending many thousands of pounds on insufficient, unrecognised training. This denies the domestic electrician workforce genuine recognition of the ringfenced work they undertake. The employer group is keen to seek industry feedback on the proposed content. Please read the draft apprenticeship standard and respond to the questions found in the following SmartSurvey.

This survey will close at midnight on Friday 3rd December 2021.