Following on from our Workwear Profile of Plumbers a few weeks back, we thought it was time we shine a light on another trade that is full of live wires. Yes, if you hadn’t guessed already from all of our sparky puns we are of course talking about the world of electricians, those super skillful wire and cable enthusiasts who are always on hand to ensure the lights don’t go out.
So how do you plug into the industry and make it as a professional trader? Before you blow a fuse just thinking about it, let us guide you through the ins and outs of electrical services and tell you everything you need to know to start trading.
Make the switch
The job of an electrician can be varied to say the least. There are numerous different areas to work across from the more obvious installation and maintenance for commercial and residential properties through to more specialist lines of work. These include machine repair and rewind, electrotechnical panel building (the installation and operation of panels that control electrical systems within buildings), and highway systems electricians whose job it is to fit and maintain the street lighting and traffic management operations.Whereas in other trades those carrying out the work are overwhelmingly self-employed or working for a company catering specifically to that role, such as a Plumber, Electricians are employed by companies across a variety of industries. Case in point, the growth of the technology and media sectors here in the UK has required an increasing supply of electricians and engineers to deliver such services. Just think, where would companies like BT, Sky, Virgin Media be without skilled electricians to fit their fibre optic cables?
Like any skilled tradesmen, an electrician will be judged more on the job they do than a piece of paper. Yet no matter how much experience you may think you have, in order to maintain a high level of standards throughout the trade there is a minimum standard of qualification required before you can begin working.
As mentioned earlier, there are many areas of speciality within electrical services and probably just as many courses to boot. The combination of two City & Guilds NVQ qualifications in Electrotechnical Technology (the 2330) and in Electrotechnical Services and Systems (the 2356) provide a mix of both theory based training and hands-on experience often undertaken as part of an apprenticeship. This pairing is up to the level required to gain the status of a Joint Industry Board (JIB) Graded electrician, a mark of quality that will provide clients with the assurance that an electrical servicer is up to standard.
Of course, as a specialist trader you need to send off the right signals. If you’re going to be scrabbling around tiny corners, crawling along the floorboards and working in a range of conditions both indoors and out, you need flexible workwear that not only looks good, but vitally can take the strain.
We suggest any hot young cable slingers out there first invest in a good pair of durable and comfortable work trousers such as the Fristads PS25, which also come with free knee pads when ordered via Performance Work Clothing.
Staying with Fristads, why not save yourself the endless task of reaching over to the toolbox by donning their Electrician’s Tool Holder, perfect for when you need quick access to a pair of pliers, cutters, or wire strippers. And to top it all off, we recommend a good warm jacket like the Helly Hansen Langley Fleece because even electricians have to work outside from time to time.
Think you’ve got the energy to be an electrician? Is it time to cut the cord from your current job and make an ohm for yourself in the trade? Wherever the current takes you, make sure to avoid a shock when kitting yourself out by heading to Performance Work Clothing for all the best deals on stylish hardwearing workwear.