How does the future look with less skilled electricians? What can be done to overcome a mass skills shortage?

We need to make all trades more appealing to the younger generation. I remember growing up and all my friends leaving school looking for an apprenticeship within the building trade. Very keen, ambitious and determined to get our hands dirty and do what was required on a daily basis while learning our trade!

With technology taking over the world we are finding less of the younger generation as keen to get their hands dirty and get a trade behind them. This does not mean this is all you will do for the rest of your career. You will use it as a steppingstone to learn some of life’s greatest skill sets, working as part of a team, gaining vital communicating skills and building relationships, identifying and solving problems, gaining the confidence to tackle any given challenge, managing your finances and so much more. A trade will open doors and open your eyes to your true potential.

ECEC’s core values is ‘growth’ this applies to our apprentices by exposing them to a variety of projects to gain the skills and experience to become exceptional tradespeople. Which in turn helps ECEC grow and secure more contracts to deliver excellent projects.

Five reasons why you should become an electrician 

Electricity plays a huge part in all our daily lives and as the population grows the demand for electricians is only going to increase. Here are five reasons why you should consider pursuing a career as an electrician. 

  1. A well paid career  

Due to qualified electricians being such a vital component to the economic growth of the country, it is unsurprising it is a career which pays extremely well compared with other trades. In fact, data recently published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found electricians earn the most out of all the trades with an average salary of £33,495. While money isn’t everything, we all like to feel as though we are being paid relative to the value of service we offer and as an electrician this often proves to be the case.

  1. Varied working environment

One of the great perks of being an electrician is the fact you are not stuck in the same workspace every day. Being an electrician is a very hands-on job and while one day you might be wiring a new home, the next you could be repairing an electrical panel at a warehouse. You are therefore constantly being faced with new problems and then ultimately coming up with the solutions which is an extremely valuable life skill to have. 

  1. Plan your own career path 

You learn lots of different skills when you are training to become an electrician which provides you with the opportunity to shape your own career path. From installations, repairs, or upgrades – there is lots of scope for variety. 

  1. Affordable training 

While a lot of careers these days require people to go to university which results in them accumulating a huge amount of student debt, you do not need to do this to become an electrician. Many businesses are now paying part of or even all the cost of training courses in a bid to attract more people into the trade. With the demand for electricians continuing to rise, employers are only going to continue investing in the next generation of electricians. 

  1. A demand for your services

Due to the ongoing shortage of electricians, those in the trade are struggling to cope with the demand for their services. With the need for new housing more evident than ever and smart home technology becoming all the more desirable, there will never be a shortage of opportunities within the electrical industry for many years to come. 

There is no doubt electricians and those in related professions, including the construction industry, are in short supply. This is putting severe pressure on house building targets, as set by the Government, 300,000 new builds per year, being achieved. With this in mind as well as the demands for ongoing electrical maintenance and installations from increased number of residential and commercial customers, then the electrician skills shortage clearly needs addressing.

Managing Director

Wayne Archibald