Simon Beazley was in his second year of his electrical engineering apprenticeship when he came to Diamond. We caught up with Simon to get his views on the scheme.
Diamond is currently offering an Electrical (Electro Technical) Advanced Apprenticeship (Buildings and Structure) to commence in October 2018.
Over the course of 4 years, you’ll spend time learning your trade by gaining hands-on-experience working on-site within our Installation and Facilities Management group, as well as attending the approved JTL training centre, Oxford Advanced Skills in Culham, to learn the theoretical knowledge you will need.
The role will have the following responsibilities:
· Install, maintain and repair electrical services (eg. lighting, sockets, fire alarms, emergency lighting & heating controls)
· Work indoors and outdoors and be prepared to sometimes work at height
· Work with little or no supervision; relying on own initiative
· Develop good working relationships with people
· Read both building and engineering drawings
· Understand wiring and circuit diagrams
· Select (within limits) materials and equipment
· Inspect and test electrical installations
· Diagnose and rectify faults on a range of circuits and equipment
· Write reports
Knowledge and skills are important and the training is demanding.
Key personal attributes include:
· good practical skills to work with hand and power tools
· the ability to follow technical drawings and instructions
· a methodical approach to work
· an ability to pay close attention to detail
· a commitment to keep up to date with industry developments
· the ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team
· good communication skills
· the ability to work at height
· normal colour vision
· a thorough understanding of safety rules and regulations
For the Advanced Apprenticeship, the framework reflects a higher level of competence and knowledge, namely:
· An NVQ at Level 3 (the competence part)
· A knowledge based element at Level 3
· Transferable Skills at Level 2
· Employee Rights and Responsibilities
· Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
· Any industry specific requirement
For electricians, the competence and knowledge elements are combined in a QCF qualification called the ‘Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment)’.
We’re accepting applications from candidates who are over 16 and who have (or are expecting) 5 GCSE’s at grade C or 5 and above, including English, Maths and a Science subject.
To apply, please go to our Careers/Vacancies page and click on the Apprentice Electrician vacancy.
Closing date for applications: 19th August 2018
In addition to the above opportunity, each year Diamond also offers a Level 3 advanced Apprenticeship in Mechatronics – a multi-skilled apprenticeship that covers electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering, taking a systems approach.
The first year is spent at the Oxford Advanced Skills training centre in Culham, learning basic mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering skills such as machining and welding.
Applications are expected to open in January 2019 for the September intake.
In the meantime, if you’d like to have a chat to find out more about either of the Diamond apprenticeship schemes on offer and whether they are right for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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