including Great Britain Construction Training Info Package


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Downunder Tradies will assist you in acquiring the necessary documents and accreditations required for you to work in the UK Construction Industry before you leave Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. We will facilitate the required steps, taking the stress and inconvenience out of these timely processes, avoiding you weeks of potential complications on arrival. Our packs are designed to prepare you quickly and efficiently for commencing work soon after you arrive, as well as providing a smooth transition to help you settle in to life in the UK.

The following is a comprehensive list of how we can help you get started on your great adventure.


1. Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Health & Safety Assessment – ECS Certificate

Electricians must gain an ECS Certificate to demonstrate health and safety awareness in order to work on any UK construction sites. The Certificate is gained through passing a 30 minute, computer based, Health & Safety Assessment consisting of 40 multiple choice questions. You will be provided with a Study Booklet to prepare you for the assessment before you arrive. On your arrival in the UK we will schedule an assessment date convenient for you. The ECS Certificateis compulsory when applying for Joint Industry Board (JIB) Grading (see point 3 below). The ECS Assessment is held at the Great Britain Construction Training Centre in Isleworth, London.

2. City & Guilds 2382-10 (17th Edition) Course - For Level 3 Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installations

You will need to gain the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in order to be graded at the highest level for electricians in the UK Construction Industry (see point 3 below). By gaining this qualification you are demonstrating having a sound knowledge of the format, content and application of the IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition BS 7671:2008 (the national standard for the electrical industry in respect of safe use and operation of electrical equipment and systems in the United Kingdom). This qualification is gained through passing a 2 hour, GOLA online exam, consisting of 60 multiple choice questions. We will provide you with the IEE Wiring Regulations Seventeenth Edition Book and Home Study Course Digital Download (online) to thoroughly prepare you for the exam (Printed study material is available on request for those without a PC). On your arrival in the UK we will schedule an exam date convenient for you. The City & Guilds 2382-10 (17th Edition) Exam is held at the Great Britain Construction Training Centre in Isleworth, London.

3. Joint Industry Board (JIB) Grading - JIB Card

The JIB will issue you with a Card (licence) to show the level of grading you have achieved within your occupation, taking into account all the qualifications you have gained. An application form will need to be completed and your qualifications submitted (Certificate of Apprenticeship and Transcripts/ECS Certificate/City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate & results) along with employer references, to the JIB to be assessed. You will then be issued with either:
- A JIB Senior Electrical Trainee Card (if you have not gained the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installations). Although this card will get you on site, you will not be able to carry out all of the electrical duties that may be required.

The processing time for JIB Applications can be anywhere up to 8 weeks. A ‘fast track’ option is available giving you an appointment at the JIB in Sidcup, Kent for same day processing of your Card. If you wish to fast track your JIB Application an additional fee will apply


1. Registration with Downunder Tradies

A one on one interview is available upon your arrival in the UK to register your details with Downunder Tradies and finalise any requirements to get you on site.

2. Self-Employment, Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and Unique Tax Reference (UTR)

To work in the UK Construction Industry you will need to register as self-employed as you will be working as a subcontractor. You will also need to register within the CIS. This allows you to work in the Industry at the standard tax rate of 20%. If you do not register you will be taxed at the higher rate of 30%. Once you have registered within the CIS you will receive a UTR. This number is used to verify you in the Construction Industry.

You must have a NI Number to register within the CIS.

We will assist and advise you on the necessary steps that must be taken to address all of these requirements.

3. Tools

A range of tools are required when working on construction sites in the UK. We have teamed up with a local wholesaler, that are able to offer you tools at an affordable price. It is advisable to bring your hand tools and cordless drill over with you and purchase any additional tools once you are here.



Are you arriving in the UK and need help getting started?

1. A UK informative guide

2. Assistance with opening a UK bank account

3. National Insurance (NI) Number Assistance

4. And much much more!


1. Oyster Card

The public transport system in London is very well connected. We will provide you with an Oyster Card with £10 credit so you can start using it as soon as you arrive. The Oyster Card can be used on Buses, Tube (Underground), Trams, DLR, and some National Rail services in London.

An Oyster Card uses credit when you need it and doesn't expire, and ensures you are always charged the cheapest fare.

2. TNT Guide to the UK & Ireland

This guide contains relevant and up to date information for your move to the UK – tips for moving overseas, latest visa information, travel information and more.


UK Start Up Pack - Electricians - Buy Now!

All Downunder Tradies UK Start Up Packs are designed to assist tradespeople in beginning work in the UK as soon as possible – either with Downunder Tradies or another company.

Purchasing this or any UK Start Up Pack does not guarantee you a job placement with Downunder Tradies.
All of our job placements are determined after completing our registration process and a one on one appointment with a Downunder Tradies team member where qualifications, past experience and individual suitability for the job are taken into consideration.

Full Terms and Conditions for UK Start Up Packs can be found here