The Med Shed

Electrician

THE WORKING DAY

Based in a workshop at the back of Castle Hill Hospital, you start at 9am, fixing an essential medical unit. Once you’ve got the unit working, it is rapidly shipped to Ward 16 where it’s urgently required.

Usually, you work on your own around the hospital, carrying out routine and emergency repairs on medical equipment and electric fixtures around the buildings. However, this afternoon you’re working with other trades professionals, helping to install better lighting in the Queen’s Centre.

Tonight, you’re on call, and at 9pm you drive to a patient’s home for emergency repairs to essential medical equipment. You enjoy a good rate of pay and enjoy using your skills to help others.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re good at fixing things and interested in working with electrical equipment. You like to be physically active, can work well on your own or as part of a team.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although GCSEs aren’t essential to work as an electrician, basic qualifications demonstrating numeracy and literacy are a good idea. You’ll then need to do some training and get A-Level 3 qualification awarded by City and Guilds. If you can’t get onto A-Level 3 qualification, there are some full and part-time level 1 and 2 courses in electrical installation that are available at college.

Instead of studying for A-Levels, you’ll usually work towards a recognised level 3 qualification in electrotechnical services or systems and equipment while you’re working – typically through an apprenticeship. You could also look for vacancies for trainee estates technicians. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit NHS Jobs and Gov.uk Apprenticeships.