About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the power distribution and transmission industry.
If you successfully complete the apprenticeship you'll be awarded a level 3 qualification and be recognised as a qualified person within the industry sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in electrical power engineering will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
- information and communication technology – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
You must complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification, from the lists below.
- City and Guilds diploma in electrical power engineering 2339-30 - QAN 601/2519/6 choosing one of the pathways below:
- Pathway one - City and Guilds diploma in electrical power engineering distribution overhead lines (QCF)
- Pathway two - City and Guilds diploma in electrical power engineering distribution substation plant (QCF)
- Pathway three - City and Guilds diploma in electrical power engineering distribution underground cables (QCF)
- Pearson Edexcel level 3 NVQ diploma in construction contracting operations 601/2500/7
- Pearson BTEC level 3 national diploma in electrical and electronic engineering 601/7579/5
- Pearson BTEC level 3 diploma in electrical/electronic engineering 500/8098/2
- Pearson BTEC level 3 diploma in advanced manufacturing engineering development technical knowledge 601/9054/1
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Employers may apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in electrical power engineering.
You may, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, be able to enter the level 3 apprenticeship directly if you've:
- already gained significant work experience in this occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 electrical power engineering framework and can show you can achieve a level 3 standard
- previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni electrical power engineering framework
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, you must complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from training contractors that the ERR has been completed.
It's the training contractor/ college's responsibility to make sure all components of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 325 Issue 8: 10/20) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.
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