Funding available for industry Level 3 qualifications

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) is urging adults without a Level 3 qualification to take advantage of the current funding available for industry-recognised qualifications while it remains available.

Under the government’s ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’ any adult aged 19 or over in England, who does not already have a Level 3 qualification, can receive free training from hundreds of colleges and training providers across the country.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment), is included in the list of funded qualifications. This qualification assesses work-based performance and leads to recognition as a qualified electrician, as an alternative route to the apprenticeship or experienced worker assessment.

Funding is also available for the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Electrical Installation. This is a key stepping stone on the industry approved training routes, for those who wish to continue to develop their technical knowledge before gaining work experience.

Those who complete the technical diploma must then gain work-based experience and complete the NVQ and the AM2 assessment to be recognised as a qualified electrician. Alternatively, there are many career routes in related sectors that welcome a level of electrical knowledge, including wider building services and data cabling.

With both courses normally costing thousands of pounds to complete, the funding available will provide essential support to those looking to train or upskill to become a qualified electrician in line with the TESP approved training routes.

“Anyone considering an NVQ or technical diploma needs to look at this offer as soon as possible,” says TESP Chair Ruth Devine. “For employers, it’s a great opportunity to upskill existing members of staff without training fees. There is no guarantee this offer will continue so I encourage individuals and companies to make the most of this opportunity.”

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