Growing Demand for Qualified Electricians in the UK


A skilled trade is a career path that entails hands-on work and necessitates a specific set of knowledge, skills, and experience. There are numerous training paths that will qualify you for a specific skilled trade. Learn Trade Skills, for example, is a training Centre in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire that specializes in training and qualifying electricians. These courses can usually be completed within a few months, with a college/apprenticeship scheme usually taking around three years to complete.

Surrey, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, and London had the greatest shortage of electricians last year. This shortage has persisted to the present day, with qualified tradespeople in high demand throughout the United Kingdom. Statistics predict that at least 15,000 electricians and electrical fitters will be required over the next five years. Evidently showing a high demand with Brexit playing a part in the number of (electrical) workers having to leave their job roles and causing a shortage.

As we move toward a more sustainable way of life, there is a greater demand for technology that will allow us to live in a way that contributes to the preservation of our planet. For example, the increase in demand for installation of EV charging ports, smart meters, and solar panels. This has also led towards the increasing demand for electricians in the UK.

Becoming an Electrician with Learn Trade Skills:


We are currently offering electrical training courses for both beginners and experienced electricians who need to further their knowledge and gain more professional qualifications to go on to join one of the standardisations assessing bodies such as NIECEIC, or NAPIT. We have catered specific training courses that will make you either a domestic electrician or a professional electrical installations inspector for all domestic, commercial and industrial premises.


We have simplified the route to become an electrician to 4 easy steps where you will get to a qualified level quickly to start earning money on your pathway to achieve a JIB Graded ECS Gold Card for those who have that ambition.

Whilst on the pathway to earn a Gold Card, it can be lengthy and financially demanding hence we created a pathway for those who have responsibilities and want to earn money quickly and for those who are already in the field and need qualifications.

This is mainly aimed at non-experienced people, but if you are an experienced electrical person looking to achieve a Gold Card, then you can fast track this method. Please call 01992 413503 to discuss further.

For more information on our stages to success and how to become an electrician please visit the following article:

You can also have a look at the courses we have available by visiting the following link:

Reports of Electricians Earning up to £156,000 a Year

Due to a massive skill shortage in the UK it is reported by recruitment firm Manpower and published also in the Daily Mail that some electricians are earning up to £156,000, which means they are making £3,000 a week.


This is a significantly high sum reported and enthuses us as a training centre to teach and qualify people to fulfil their ambitions as an electrician. It would mean that some electricians earn more than the Prime Minister of this country.


There is also an ONS Study published in November 2020 exemplifying how the average earning of an electrician in the UK has increased almost by 9% since 2017 to £33,495 in 2020. This figure stands at a higher £37,529 in London. It just shows how much demand there is for electricians in this country and that it is a good avenue of trade to practice.


With an anticipated increase of 56% in global construction work by 2020, this makes it a perfect career to invest in. It is reported that electricians are the best paid tradesmen around the world.



But How Realistic Is This?


Usually, electricians earning high sums of money are established self-employed electricians. Self-employed electricians can expect to be paid around £35,000-£40,000 a year in London & South East. This sum could be much higher as reported in the studies above.


Electricians can expect to earn around £40-£80 per hour for normal work they can envisage to do. For instance, when conducting an installation for an electric cooker, you can expect to earn £50-£80 for a 0.5hr-1hr job. Similarly, a light fitting replacement could be charged at around £40-£60, again for a job.



Key To Earning More?


To be a electrician earning high sums of money, reputation is a key thing that needs to be developed by any self-employed electrician aiming to earn high sums of money as stated in this article.


You should expect to do a lot of hard work and conduct them at a high standard. You should also be keeping your promises and turn up to places you said you will on time, to ensure dependability. These things in turn, will encourage people to recommend you to others and that is what you would want as a self-employed electrician.


Finally, always but always look to invest in yourself by increasing your knowledge and qualifications where you can. That way you could be doing more challenging work that you can expect to earn more for as there will be less and less people with the same level of qualifications as you.


So make sure you check our electrical courses here and see how you can invest in yourself.

How To Become An Electrician

Learn Trade Skills 4 Steps to Success



It has been reported by newspapers that electricians are earning up to £156,000 a year. A recent study by The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) has suggested that the UK will need around 12,500 – 15,000 electricians are needed to accommodate forecasted growth.


There are many routes to get into the electrical trade which is as follows, but we will focus on the route we think is the best for people who have responsibilities and need to earn money swiftly:


  • An apprenticeship typically lasting 3-4 years (EAL 601/7345/2 & 501/1605/8 – City & Guilds 5357 & 2357)
[Work as an electrician’s mate – Government funded courses aimed at 16–19 year olds]


  • Level 2 & 3 Electrotechnical Diploma before the apprenticeship courses (EAL 600/6724/X & 600/9331/6 – City & Guilds 2365 )
[For those who cannot find an apprenticeship immediately  – Government funded courses aimed at 16–19 year olds]


  • LTS 4 Step to Success
[For those who have commitments and need to earn money in the electrical field quickly]


We have listed the other routes for those that are interested in other methods but we will not be going into the detail of those routes here. Rather here, we will expand upon our 4 Steps to Success.


LTS 4 Steps to Success


We have simplified the route to become an electrician to 4 easy steps where you will get to a qualified level quickly to start earning money on your pathway to achieve a JIB Graded ECS Gold Card.

Whilst on the pathway to earn a Gold Card, it can be lengthy and financially demanding hence we created a pathway for those who have responsibilities and want to earn money quickly and for those who are already in the field and need qualifications.

This is mainly aimed at non-experienced people, but if you are an experienced electrical person looking to achieve a Gold Card, then you can fast track this method. Please call 01992 413503 to discuss further.


how to become an electrician


Step 1

This is where most people will start their path.

Learn Trade Skills Professional Electrician Package

Typically lasts 3-6 months


Certificates in the Professional Electrician Package

Level 3 Part P – Building Regulations 2013

Level 3 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

Level 3 Certificate In Installing, Testing & Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings

Level 3 Combined Initial Verification and Periodic Electrical Inspection and Testing


This course is purely designed for those who have no experience or those who are in the electrical industry with no qualifications to get you to a stage where you can complete Domestic and Commercial electrical work in the field.

By being able to carry out electrical work within 3-6 months, you will be earning significant money quickly and can get a job quickly with these impressive certificates. Once earning money, you can carry on investing into your career as time goes, if you want to work towards getting a Gold Card.


With the Professional Electrician Package, you will be able to:

Learn the basics of electrical installation.

Install sockets, lighting, cooker and shower circuits.

Inspect, test and verify all domestic electrical installations.

Inspect, test and verify all commercial and industrial installations.

Periodically Inspect, Test and Certificate all dwellings.

Certify all electrical Installations within dwellings.


If you are not looking to do Commercial work, then the Intermediate Electrician Package would suffice for you. Many are content with being able to do this type of work and seek not to get further qualifications and remain at Step 1.


Step 2


You can start this stage once you have completed the Professional Electrician Package


2-5 years


Once you gained your certificates in Step 1, you can now work in the field and get some experience under your belt. As you are gaining experience, with these certificates you can get a job to earn substantial money for yourself.

After you can prove 2 years of experience in the field, you will be able to sign up to a Competent Persons Scheme, like NICEIC, NAPIT, ELECSA etc and start to self-certify your own installations in dwellings and start to work for yourself or have others work for you. This will be significant amounts of money, considering there is not many electricians that are able to self-certificate in the field.

Once you can prove a total of 5 years experience, you can then embark on the next Step.


Step 3


This is the step for those who have 5 years of experience and the relevant certificates

NVQ Level 3 Experienced Worker Route

Typically 3-6 months


Since you can prove 5 years of experience now and you have the relevant qualifications, you will be eligible to sign up to the NVQ Level 3 Experienced Worker Route, which is a sped-up version of the normal NVQ colleges usually do in the UK.

You will complete a Skills Scan to prove your competence and fill out a Candidate Background Check to prove you have experience in the field. Once this is done a Professional Discussion will be carried out in centre and then you will start to complete a portfolio.

The portfolio can be completed at your own pace and the length will depend upon how much work you can be exposed to in a certain time. In the portfolio, a file will be created to evidence the work you have completed in the field and then audited by the centre and then the accreditation board.

Once the green light has been given, you will have earned to right to sit a final AM2 exam to prove competence.


Step 4

This is the final step to achieve the ECS Gold Card

AM2 Exam

2 Days


Once you have your NVQ Level 3 certificate under your belt, you will have the right to sit an AM2 exam. This exam is a 2-day exam whereby you will be given a project that you must create on an electrical board to prove your competence.

After completing this exam, you will then have the right to get an ECS Gold Card and sign up to a Competent Persons Scheme to self-certificate in Commercial buildings also now.

This is the one additional benefit that you have over the Professional Package when starting with zero experience. You will be able to complete electrical installations in domestic and commercial buildings as well as self-certificating domestic buildings having done our Professional Package. But with the Gold Card, you will now be able to self-certificate commercial buildings also.

We hope this article proves useful and if there is any further questions you have please email us at or call us on 01992 413503 to discuss further.


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