New qualifications mapping service for overseas domestic electricians

New qualifications mapping service for overseas domestic electricians

Electricians with qualifications from overseas wishing to complete the Domestic Electrician Experienced Worker Assessment can soon get their skills and knowledge mapped against UK standards, due to the collaboration between TESP and international qualifications recognition body Ecctis.

The mapping process reviews the electrical qualifications of applicants from outside of the UK to verify which technical knowledge from their home country is transferrable and aligned to the knowledge units of the Domestic Electrician apprenticeship standard.

It provides the applicant with an official ‘Industry Skills Statement’ used to embark on the Experienced Worker Assessment, filling in any knowledge or training gaps before their practical competence is assessed on UK-based projects.

The electrotechnical industry already has a long-standing relationship with Ecctis for mapping overseas electricians against the Installation & Maintenance Electrician apprenticeship standard. From 2 January 2024, after recent development work by TESP and Ecctis, those with purely domestic experience can get their qualifications mapped in preparation for the Domestic Electrician EWA.

“The partnership with Ecctis provides a fully robust way to help electricians with non-UK qualifications prove the technical knowledge they have that is recognised by our standards. Armed with this information they can concentrate on taking the top-up training needed to fill the gaps,” says Ruth Devine, Chair of TESP. “Once completed, they can progress through the Experienced Worker Assessment to ultimately gain an ECS card to verify their competence.”

In addition to the new domestic electrician mapping, January will also see the launch of the revised electrotechnical mapping against the Installation & Maintenance standard after revisions of the apprenticeship in September 2023. This will ensure electricians from outside of the UK are assessed against fully up-to-date knowledge criteria expected from current apprentices and experienced workers.

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