Electricians who may have found themselves out in the cold when it comes to meeting the requirements of the gold card can now brush up on those essential qualifications at NETA.

The Stockton-based training centre has introduced the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment which takes into account existing industry experience.

Steve Noble, NETA’s electrical co-ordinator and AM2 Centre manager, explained a change in regulations in 2019 has left many electricians without the card’s essential requirements.

He said: “To get a gold card, electricians must now have an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent and pass the AM2 assessment; but for many, particularly those in their 50s and 60s, and indeed some younger, they may never have completed an NVQ or apprenticeship.”

For these people, he said: “You can understand, the idea of going back to training can be frustrating and daunting.”

Fortunately the mature candidate course provides an alternate route, and recognising existing skills and knowledge, it can be a fast track to the industry level 3 qualification.

All coming from an industry background themselves, at NETA Steve said the team are well placed to understand.

“Our aim is to make it as easy for people as possible. We can work with them to see what they need and at NETA we offer a full range of electrical qualifications, including the AM2 assessment.”

NETA assessor, Colin Alderson, has worked in the electrical trade for some 21 years. He said: “We are definitely seeing more mature learners coming through as they are finding they need the gold card to get on site.

“Of course, it can be daunting for people who have been in the trade for years, but the good news is this should be all stuff that they know and understand as they have been doing it for years.”

To find out more about the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment, now available at NETA Training, as well as the full range of commercial electrical courses, visit: https://www.neta.co.uk/courses/electrical/

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