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Apprenticeship Standard in Electrotechnical Level 3

Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Electricians might work in both indoor and outdoor settings. Electrical equipment and systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air conditioning and metering equipment as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies. They are able to work on their own proficiently and work without immediate supervision in the most efficient and economical manner. They may contribute to the design of electrical systems. They are able to set out jobs from drawings and specifications and requisition the necessary installation materials.

Electrical safety is an important area of Electricians work. On completion of their work the electrical systems must be safe to use. They must adhere to safe working practices without endangering themselves or others. Installation Electricians work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

Maintenance Electricians work on the maintenance of electrical and electronic installations including automated production systems. Duties include the supervision of the equipment, its maintenance and necessary repairs.

Off the Job Training

Off the job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted hours, over the total duration of the apprentice’s planned training period.

Off the job training can be delivered in the apprentice’s normal workplace or at College. As an apprentice you will be recording off the job training both at work and at college.

The new learning must be documented and reflected on through the Learner Journal on e-portfolio (OneFile).

Individual employers may identify relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, trainability tests, or other criteria. Most candidates will have English and mathematics at level 2 on entry. However, because of the technical nature of the course, Lincoln College are only normally accepting candidates with a minimum grade 4 or C in English and Maths. Candidates would normally be expected to demonstrate some practical aptitude and be able to demonstrate general analytical skills, a capacity for and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems.

Apprentices will require access to a tablet/computer to access their e-portfolio (OneFile).

Assessment is done through a combination of practical tasks, written assignments, oral discussions and online tests throughout the programme.  To ensure that we can support you to meet these, we will complete an in-depth initial skills analysis to ensure that we can tailor our delivery to meet these unique requirements. We will then use the most relevant delivery methods to support your learners which include:

• One to one coaching from a dedicated, professional assessor/instructor allocated to the learner for the duration of the programme.

• Work based assignments and projects to be completed in an e-portfolio (OneFile).

• Knowledge – Skills & Behaviours.

• Job shadowing and mentoring.

• Review of progress every 4 – 10 weeks.

• Independent learning and research as directed by the assessor/instructor.

On-programme Assessment

Knowledge learning outcomes will be assessed via on-screen assessments, externally set and marked by the awarding organisations and a range of assignments, projects and written assessments (one or more tasks) covering theory and practical skills, externally set by the awarding organisation and internally marked by the centre.

Performance learning outcomes – skills, will require auditable evidence of competent performance from the workplace which demonstrate the apprentice’s ability against set assessment criteria. The apprentice will complete a portfolio of evidence to show this.

Assessment of behaviours will require the apprentice to provide auditable evidence from the workplace which will clearly demonstrate that they have met these criteria.

The majority of assessments will be graded pass/fail. The exception is the theory assessments (onscreen and written) which forms part of ‘6k Electrical scientific principles and technologies’ unit. This unit allows apprentices to demonstrate a greater breadth and level of understanding with sufficient marks available to differentiate between pass, merit and distinction. The assessments though graded pass/merit/distinction will not contribute to the overall apprenticeship grade. This provides transparency of candidate’s knowledge but retains the importance of practical skills. It will allow employers to identify apprentices who are good in this area for further development into, for example, design.

End Point Assessment

There will be an End Point Assessment (EPA) as the final stage of an Apprenticeship. The Apprentice must demonstrate their learning to an independent end point assessor and the overall grade available is distinction, pass or fail.


Candidates will be required to achieve the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification, (Installation) or (Maintenance). Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship.

At the end of the apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as EngTech by the Engineering Council.

As an Apprentice, you will pay no course fees. However, your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage. All Apprentices must receive a minimum wage of £4.15 per hour within their first year of training from their employer, although they can, and often do, pay more. In the second and subsequent years of an Apprenticeship programme, the national minimum wage for your age would apply.

If you are an employer and want to find out more information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please contact our dedicated Apprenticeship team at

Key Facts

Level:Level 3


Duration:45mths (including EPA)

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:3AL0005AA0

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