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Budding Trainee Electricians: Why Security is the Industry for You

There are very few industries that don’t require electricians in some capacity. As a budding electrician, this means there are several exciting directions in which you could take your career. If you’re just starting out, the security industry is one of the best sectors to help develop and diversify your skills, secure your first few jobs, and build a rewarding career. Not only is the security industry rapidly growing, it also offers electricians lucrative cabling opportunities, new challenges and a welcome element of job security.

Thanks to apprenticeship programs like Banham Academy’s Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship, you can train as a security systems engineer and gain on-the-job experience at the same time. When your training is complete you will possess a fully-rounded set of technical skills as well as specialist knowledge of the security industry. Once you have completed our apprenticeship programme you can go on to pursue an NVQ level 4 and 5, or even seek further training as an electrician combining the best of both industries.


How to start an electrician career

There are several ways in which you can kickstart your career as an electrician, all of which have their own advantages. If you’re yet to decide which route to take, here is a rundown of your main options:

Study for a college qualification

Earning an NVQ level 3 in electrotechnical services or electrical installations is one way to set yourself up for a career as an electrician. Undeniable, the industry-recognised certificate will look favourable on any job application.

Go straight into work

Some aspiring electricians attempt to learn entirely on the job. While this can work, it is unlikely that you will be hired for a particularly well-paid role if you do not already have electrical skills and knowhow. In fact, it may be a struggle to find work at all.

Complete an industry-specific apprenticeship

A hybrid between college learning and working from scratch, apprenticeships offer trainees free on-the-job training and real-world experience, leaving them a cut above other candidates when it comes to job applications after the course.

Banham Academy’s Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship is particularly beneficial to professionals who want to specialise and advance their careers as security system specialists. We have partnered with leading security companies to provide in-work experience with expert professionals, as well as access to our state-of-the-art training facilities for the classroom-based training element of the course.

Skills you will learn include:

  • Installing fire, emergency, and security systems
  • Receiving and transmitting electronic data
  • Electrical principles
  • Communication
  • Specialist emergency lighting
  • Health and safety

The most important takeaway from the Banham Academy apprenticeship is the industry specialism. Specialist expertise is what gets you ahead, making you a better candidate for technical roles in the thriving security industry.


Job prospects for electrical engineering trainees in security

As one of the fastest growing industries, the security sector provides a high degree of job security and a wealth of employment opportunities. Furthermore, the UK doesn’t currently have the rate of growth to meet national demand for these roles, which means the need for electrical engineers is higher than ever before. As security continues to adapt for future technologies, demand for young, innovative and skilled electricians will only increase further.


What could I be doing?

Security-based electrician jobs are some of the most rewarding out there. You’ll be using your electrical skills every day in the knowledge that your work is keeping your clients protected, and making the world an overall safer place.

Some of the specific roles you could undertake include security systems installer, which would see you handling the installation and implementation of burglar alarms, access control systems and CCTV cameras. Another is fire alarm technician, which entails installing, maintaining and repairing fire alarms, as well as educating clients on how to use them.

Where could I be working?

Electricians in the sector are usually employed by security firms. Through firms like these, you will work with a number of different clients. These could be anything from large corporations to private households.

After you have gained some experience, you may choose to pursue a freelance career as a self-employed security electrician, carrying out the same kind of work on your own terms.

There may also be global job opportunities that allow you take your skills abroad, particularly in developing countries where electrical infrastructure is being expanded. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a region in the world where electrical expertise is not required.


How much can I earn as an electrician in the security sector?

Salaries will vary from role to role, but security systems installers and fire alarm technicians both earn a base average of around £23,000, which can rise to around £32,000 with experience. In most positions you will be able to supplement this income by working overtime, or taking on additional contracts.

To find out more information about our security apprenticeship programme, contact us today.

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