Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship Level 3

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This programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and competence required to work at operator, semi-skilled, craft or technician level.

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INTERVIEWEE – CHRISTOPHER LANG  – Course Leader Electrical installation (SPEAKING)


Scenery – A tutor showing a tutor how to wire a circuit


Scenery – A shot of students working in an electrical workshop


Christopher Lang  – “I’m Christpher I’m course leader for level 2 electrical installation.”


Scenery – A student marking out a length of metal trunking under a tutors supervision


Christopher Lang – “Part of the time is spent in the workshop sessions where they get a chance to use the same standard of tools and materials they’d use on site. We also follow the same standards of health and safety. We have all our risk assessments in place and make sure they’re using the same PPE they would use on site.”


Scenery – A student feeding cables through plastic conduit and wiring a circuit.


Christopher Lang – “ I’d say that there’s a huge difference in students from who come to us in september to when they finish the course and whether they are leaving the level 2 course to go onto the level 3 or whether they’re leaving the level 3 to go and try and find a job out in industry. You get people who come to us and they’ve never picked up a screwdriver before whereas you get some people who come to us and they’ve been working with family or friends doing part time work as an electrician already we’ve got to make sure we differentiate and make sure everyones comfortable with what they’re doing and can go at their own pace whilst trying to build their confidence up as well and ultimately make them into professional electricians.”


Scenery – A student is wrapping a cable in electrical tape and feeding it though some plastic conduit.


Christopher Lang – “Like I say when people come to us in september some of them have never worked on site before or some have never even picked up a tool before so we start them off easy with like a 3 pin 13 amp 3 pin plug that you’d find on any piece of electrical equipment in your home. We take them through lighting circuits, socket circuits in various different wiring enclosures such  as the conduit and trunking that we’ve had a look at today.”


Scenery – A tutor showing a student how to cut the metal trunking followed by the student having a go at cutting the trunking safely using a hacksaw under the supervision of the tutor. 


Christopher Lang – “ seeing how the different cables we  use and then they get the chance to inspect and test make sure that it’s safe to be commissioned.”


Christopher Lang – “It’s a great trade to get into and the industry at the moment is booming. Especially after you know recovering from the pandemic there’s just been so much work out there we’ve got more apprentices than we’ve ever had and we increased the cohort of students by 50 percent last year and there’s loads of opportunities out there  for students who want to go out and earn some decent money.”


Scenery – A student using a pipe bender to bend metal conduit.


End Slide – Leeds City College (School of Engineering Logo)



With this apprenticeship, you will work towards becoming a maintenance engineer. Maintenance engineers are in charge of fixing and preserving engineered systems in a wide range of environments. The exact job role itself will depend on the employer but you will be taught the skills and knowledge required to complete the job efficiently and safely. This role can be within a wide range of environments including warehouses, factories, retail premises and hospitals.


Benefits / Skills

  • Using and interpreting engineering data
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
  • Handing over and confirming completion of maintenance activities
  • Understanding computer aided drafting for technicians
  • Understanding mathematics for engineering technicians
  • Understanding statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising. Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression

    Maintenance Engineering Apprentice

    As a maintenance engineering apprentice you will gain knowledge of reactive maintenance of CNC laser cutters. In addition, you will learn about the planned maintenance of press brakes and will deal with a wide range of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic problems.

    Electrical Maintenance Apprentice

    As an electrical maintenance apprentice you will provide technical engineering support for the department. In addition, you will carry out preventive maintenance by allocated deadlines.

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 4
  • Associate Project Manager Level 4
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    Course Facts


    92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.

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    The average salary for a qualified maintenance engineer is £37,500.

    Labour Market

    97.7% of our apprentices found our staff enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to answer all relevant questions.

    Course FAQs

    Is engineering a stressful environment to work?

    Roles within engineering can tend to require constant effort and can be highly demanding for their employees as you are consistently dealing with complex data throughout the day. However, you will receive full training on how to prioritise tasks and strategies to minimise stress levels. Employers will also be aware that you are a trainee and will not throw you in at the deep end.

    What do people enjoy most about being an apprentice?

    The most enjoyable aspect for most of our apprentices is the work experience they gain while on the programme. For those used to theory-based lessons, they find it refreshing that the majority of the apprenticeship is practical training. They also like the fact that they are being paid for learning new skills!

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