Can I come and view your centre?
We welcome potential students and encourage you to call and arrange a tour of our centre.
Is there parking at the centre?
We do offer free parking and there is local parking near the centre
How do I book?
You can book online or by telephone.
What are the payment options?
We accept credit/debit cards and bank transfers via BACS.
Are payment plans available?
We offer instalment plans on our Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma, Domestic Electrical Installer and NVQ Assessment.
The staged payment plan will depend on which type of course (evening, weekdays or weekend). The agreement will be based on the total price – initial deposit which is needed to secure your place and can be divided over the number of months of the course. The total monthly payments need to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the course end date.
You can call or email us with further questions about payments.
Are there entry requirements?
Some of our courses do require qualifications, each course page will inform you of what, if any, experience is needed.
Are Saturday courses available?
We know all too well that work commitments can get in the way of training plans, and that can really hold aspiring electricians back. So, we have Level 2 and 3 classes available on a choice of Saturdays or evenings, including distance learning being available on some.
Evening classes are usually run on consecutive Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 6pm – 9pm.
Saturday classes are run every other Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Do I need to supply my own tools?
Any resources or equipment needed to complete your course must be brought with you on day 1 of your course.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch is not provided at the centre, though we do offer complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits. There are several establishments within walking distance of the centre.
When will I receive my exam results?
You will receive online exam results right away, assessments and written exams can take a few weeks.
Our Level 2 and 3 Diploma Course – Why EAL?
City & Guilds are often the go-to choice for many qualifications, so you may be wondering why we’ve chosen to use EAL.
Although we are already a City & Guilds centre, after careful consideration we’ve decided to offer our students the EAL Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas. Although the lesser known awarding body of the two throughout all subjects, EAL are very well known within the electrical industry, so much so that they’ve extensively linked up with the NICEIC.
We also greatly favour the assessment structure of EAL’s Level 2 and 3 Diplomas. In contrast to one big examination being taken at the end of the course, the EAL assessments are taken on an ongoing basis throughout the length of the course. We also use this examination format within our Domestic Installer Course, and find it takes away a lot of the pressure and enables students to confidently focus on each step at a time.
Both the City & Guilds and EAL Level 2 and 3 Diplomas are interchangeable, meaning that if you’ve already completed the Level 2 with City & Guilds, you’re more than welcome to finish with our EAL Level 3.
What can you do after the Domestic Installer course compared to that of a 4 year trained spark?
This course is the first step to becoming an electrician, not the last one. Our Domestic Electrical Installer course does what it says on the tin; it allows people to get their first foot on the ladder and become an electrician in a domestic, i.e. household, environment. It doesn’t cover the full range of topics that would be covered on an NVQ3, for example, but that is designed to cover many more types of situations, many only found in industrial environments.
Ideally what we want our students to do is then work as an electrician’s mate or similar, in order to gain on-site experience and put the knowledge they gain on the course into practice in the real world. We do offer further courses right up to Level 4 for those that wish to progress further.
Where can I find information about the Competent Persons Scheme once I am qualified?
Once qualified as a Domestic Electrical Installer the next step is to register with the Competent Person Scheme – information about this is available on the Gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/building-regulations-competent-person-schemes/overview
What COVID safety measures do you have in place?
To protect students and centre staff we are actively following HSE Guidelines and practising social distancing. If you are experiencing any symptoms you must contact us immediately on 0161 425 7996
The following measures are in place for your safety and comfort:
- Please bring your own face covering
- Any resources eg. reference books or equipment needed to complete the course must be brought with you on day 1 of your course. We are unable to provide spare books or equipment.
- Please queue up on the entrance path (Signs erected in windows to encourage social distancing).
- You will be invited to enter the centre, where the door will be opened by a team member to avoid you touching high contact points. Please respect the distance guidelines as you enter reception – tape on the floors.
- A team member will take the register in reception
- To gain entry after breaks and lunch please make use of the newly installed ‘Elbow Button’
- It is mandatory to use the sanitising stations located in reception and at the top of the stairs throughout the day
- Our refectory will be closed until further notice; you will be asked what drink you would like to be brought to class
- You will be allocated your own desk
- Windows will be open to help with circulation (please bring an extra jumper!)
- During break times the ladies’ toilets will be open to everyone, to avoid increased traffic in the gents
- At lunch time please vacate your classroom and go to the local cafes or your vehicle – the centre staff will need to sanitise the empty classroom at lunch time
- Upon re-entering the centre please re-sanitise your hands
- High touch points will be sanitised regularly throughout the day by centre staff