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Posted on April 25, 2023

Is Maths GCSE important for apprentices?

It’s a poor misconception that ‘trades’ are a job youngsters should consider going into if you’re not so academic or bright (yes pun intended!)   

With GCSE’s approaching, we thought it would be the right time to encourage those studying to really make sure they don’t let their Maths and Science slide. Maths is an essential subject for those wanting to pursue a career in the electrical industry. 

Electrical work involves understanding mathematical concepts such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Understanding these concepts can help apprentices grasp the principles of electrical systems, which can be essential in diagnosing and fixing issues.  

It also requires precision and accuracy. Maths GCSE provides you with a foundation to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills that enable them to solve complex electrical problems.  

Whilst colleges will accept you if you do not pass your Maths and English on an NVQ level 2 or 3, as an employer we will not. When selecting an apprentice, we always look at your predicted or achieved GCSE Maths and those with 5 and above will be considered. 

Doing an apprenticeship to be an electrician will still involve college work and exams for 3 years out of the 4. Do not underestimate the work you will need to put in. Make your GCSEs count, or you will struggle with the course and achieving your qualifications.  

Good luck! 

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