Electricians become first TESP Industry Scheme completions
Two newly qualified electricians have become the first operatives to successfully complete the new industry-wide TESP career progression scheme and gain their ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Gold Cards.
The scheme is delivered and assessed by industry training organisation, JTL.
Former Royal Marine Luke Versfeld of Dorset-based PB Electrical was one of the first to complete the career progression initiative. The other newly qualified electrician is Reece Kirk. Both completed the JTL course just a few weeks ago. They are now in possession of their ECS Gold Cards and are recognised by the industry as fully-fledged electricians.
Reece Kirk had been studying at college for two years but realised that the course wasn’t going to provide him with the qualifications he needed. Having re-evaluated his options and found out about the Career Progression Programme, Reece switched courses.
“I was really motivated because I was self-funded and I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I’d found with JTL,” says Reece. “The cost was a big consideration but I’m already well on the way to earning it back and the opportunities that the qualifications have brought me are massive. I got a job straight away, no problems at all, and am really enjoying my new career.”
Luke Versfeld works for PB Electrical Services Ltd and is based in Christchurch in Dorset. Previously in communications in the Royal Marines Commandos, Luke completed a Domestic Installer course as part of his military resettlement package and initially worked on a self-employed basis completing domestic installations. Once he’d joined PB Electrical Services, Luke picked up his training and went on to complete further qualifications, including CompEx and Inspection and Testing certification. He then enrolled on the Career Progression Programme.
“The course represented an opportunity to further develop my career as an electrical engineer,” says Luke. “I would recommend it to any potential candidates looking to advance their position within the electrical industry.”
The career progression scheme is intended to upskill hundreds of existing electrical workers to qualify them to the industry standard of NVQ Level 3 and AM2. The costs of the course are subsidised, making it very affordable for industry employees.
“This is a great opportunity for young people to switch their electrical careers up a notch and qualify as a registered electrician,” says Liam Sammon, Commercial Director at JTL. “The industry is facing an ongoing skills shortage so the time’s right for anyone that wants to gain some additional qualifications and open new doors for themselves.
“Chances are that graduates of our Career Progression course, armed with their newly-acquired industry recognition, will be able to move into a job that may well be more engaging and will almost certainly come with a more appealing pay package than their previous role.”
“Better still, the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) is supporting JTL’s Programme by subsidising the cost of the course - to the tune of £500 - in a bid to help boost the pool of industry-recognised electricians. That means that the qualification comes at the cost of just £1,000, an amount that can be earned back in a short period of time as a qualified electrician.”
To qualify for the Career Progression Programme, students must have worked for five years or more in the electrical industry and be currently working in the industrial, commercial or domestic sectors. Practical and technical experience of installing and maintaining electrical systems is also a prerequisite, as is working knowledge of the current 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.
JTL is one of the UK’s leading training providers for young people in England and Wales. The not-for-profit organisation has around 6,000 young people on apprenticeship schemes at any one time and roughly 33,000 have completed JTL apprenticeships. Almost one in two electricians in England and Wales now achieve their qualifications through JTL.
Like JTL, TESP is also a not-for-profit partnership - created by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Joint Industry Board (JIB), National Electrotechnical Training (NET), SummitSkills, Unite the Union and JTL - to help employers shape the electrical industry’s skills agenda.
Find out more about the Career Progression Training Programme right now.
Luke Versfeld, based in Dorset, has completed the TESP Career Progression Programme with JTL