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Surge in numbers of people training to be electricians

In the last year, the electrical industry has been the most popular career choice for nearly 100,000 students.

This boost for the industry and the consumer has been welcomed by Trade organisation NAPIT, the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers, is pleased that there has been an increase in the number of electrical industry students.

The latest figures show that 97,411 people signed up for courses in the electrical trade, more than 34,000 ahead of 62,987 who chose social care, while hairdressing came in third with 47,506 City & Guilds students. Fourth and fifth places, respectively, went to 43,474 enrolling for construction courses while 43,335 students signed up for the catering industry.

Commenting on the figures, NAPIT chief executive John Andrews, said: "These figures really are encouraging, what many people fail to realise with the constant pressures on young people to go to university is that the world we live in is designed, built and maintained by electrical engineers. Without electrical engineering and the many benefits it brings we would still be living in the middles ages or having a lifestyle reflected by third world countries." He continues; "These youngsters choosing electrical apprenticeships today can expect an exciting and rewarding career in the years ahead."

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