We offer an Electrical apprenticeship each year, and typically offer a Mechanical apprenticeship every five years. Although preference is given to younger applicants with GCSEs, we do consider all applications.
Applicants for apprenticeships should be expecting to achieve five or more GCSE passes at grades A-C including maths and a science subject. All candidates will be asked to sit a maths and logic test before being selected for interview.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship then you should complete this application form indicating your academic progress and which apprenticeship you wish to follow. Alternatively you may wish to come in for an informal discussion about the scheme nearer the time.
Applications should be received by 20 April each year and once the annual intake process is complete, successful applications are appointed by the end of May.
What does an Apprenticeship Involve?
An Apprenticeship is a formal agreement between the Education Department, the Employer, the Apprentice and their Parent/Guardian if under 18. It leads to the award of a recognised qualification in the chosen subject, along with relevant employment.
What subjects can be followed in an Apprenticeship?
The primary subjects are Electrical Installations and Mechanical Crafts. However we do occasionally support apprenticeships in Carpentry and Joinery and Welding.
How long is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship covers a period of five years.
What qualifications do I need?
Typically applicants will have or be aiming to have GCSE examination passes in Mathematics and Science. Alternatively a GNVQ qualification may be considered.
Apprentices are required to attend the College of Further Education in order to develop and continue their academic career. GCSE performance is a clear measure of academic performance. Mathematics and Science will play a part in all studies.
Is there a probationary period?
Yes, there is a six-month probationary period, which must be successfully completed before Apprenticeship Papers are signed.
What benefits can an Apprentice expect?
The rates of pay for Apprentices are a percentage of the fully skilled rate. At present the rate for a first year Apprentice is approximately £230.00 per week.
In the first full year of employment an Apprentice would be allocated twenty-two days holiday.
What can I expect on completion of my Apprenticeship?
There is no guarantee of continued employment with Guernsey Electricity; however, it will lead to the award of a recognised qualification in the chosen subject, along with relevant employment.
An Apprentice will need to complete each year of their study and demonstrate the behaviours expected of the business in order to complete their Apprenticeship and become an established technician or tradesman.
Is there further training available after completion of an Apprenticeship?
Yes, all employees need to keep abreast of developments and so attend training as and when required. Further opportunities are available for staff to progress to senior engineering positions. Many of our Senior Engineers commenced their working lives as Apprentices.
In exceptional circumstances, successful apprentices may be offered further full time University study to complete an Engineering Degree.