So you want to be an electrical apprentice?

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Electrical apprenticeships are more than just passing pliers and holding ladders.

As an electrical apprentice, you’ll be working (and earning!) in a real business as you learn the inner workings of a wide range of electrical systems and equipment in residential homes, big businesses, hospitals – basically anywhere that runs electricity!

One day you could be installing an appliance, and the next could see you sinking your teeth into complex circuit issues waiting to be solved.

Whichever path you take in the industry, one thing is certain – every day will have a different challenge to face.

Here are the FAQs!

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    Will an electrical apprenticeship suit me?

    The number one thing you have to be ok with as an electrical apprentice is problem-solving.

    If you like the sound of using your investigative skills to fix all things electrical, then this just might be the career path for you.

    You’ll also need to have excellent attention to detail, be good at maths and enjoy a variety of working conditions (such as outdoors, at a height or in confined spaces).

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    What will I learn?

    You’ll learn the skills to safely install, test, fault find, repair and maintain a wide range of electrical systems and equipment and how to communicate effectively with the people that need them.

    You can be an apprentice in anything and everything electrical-related from electrotechnology to automotive and engineering.

    No matter which electrical apprenticeship you choose, you’ll learn real skills on-the-job AND work towards a nationally recognised qualification! (Check out pathways here).

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    How long is an electrical apprenticeship and what's the wage?

    Typically, an electrical apprenticeship takes four years to complete.

    And your wage? Well, that all depends on your award!

    To find out which award your apprenticeship comes under, take a look at Fair Work’s free and easy to use pay calculator here.

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    What happens once I'm fully qualified

    Once you’re fully qualified, you’ll have a broad set of skills and a qualification to take you wherever you want to go in the industry.

    You might want to stay with your current employer and take on more responsibilities within the business (like training up new apprentices!) or maybe you’ll want to take your skills elsewhere.

    Whatever you decide, there’s plenty of money to be made in the electrical industry - with the average wage of employees in the industry sitting between $1,351 and $1,650 per week.*

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