A comprehensive guide to becoming an electrician. Includes information on a typical salary, job responsibilities, skills, career progressions and more. Students can read an interview with an electrician and complete the table on pros and cons of the job.
Some ideas for class activities (cooperative learning): Electrician
Step 1: Read and discuss the interview
Students work in groups of four.
They are given different roles; they should also change roles once.
- Reader/Discussion Leader
- Detective (Question Maker)
- Word Master
What's it really like?
Roy Francis is 50 years old and works as an Electrician for AM Electrical Contracting, an electricity company in Greater Manchester. He gives us the inside story…
"I have been working as an electrician since leaving school at 16. This is the only job I have had since leaving school and for 30 years I worked for the same firm before leaving to join my current employers. I have gathered numerous qualifications during my time as an electrician which began with an apprenticeship period completed in my first four years in the job. During the apprenticeship I spent time studying at college as well as undertaking on site learning which was separated into six week blocks.
Due to the type of work I do I wouldn’t say I have a typical day; each day is different dependent upon what job I am doing. For example, today I was in Wales working in a hospital, fitting lighting strips in the ceiling; other days I will do different types of work which could be in either commercial or private residential buildings. I like the fact that the job is always different and that it provides different challenges on a daily basis. The worst thing about the job is that at times it is very draining physically and you are sometimes required to work in damp and cold conditions. There is also a lot of paperwork involved in the job e.g. testing sheets and risk assessments. People who want to become electricians need to be interested in the subject; they need to be hard working and being out going will also help".
Step 2: Each group is given a list of qualifications and skills. The task is to sort out the words/phrases into two groups: