In NHSScotland, electricians make sure that electrical systems, instruments and equipment are safe and in good working order, as well as finding and fixing electrical faults.



I’m Peter. I’m an electrician and I work for Astley Ainslie Hospital. I started as a mature apprentice…

The Role(s)

Working as an electrician in NHSScotland, you would be responsible for essential maintenance and repair work. You would also ensure that hospital electrical systems, wiring and equipment is well maintained and in good working order. This may include specialist and life saving equipment.

You may also be called out in an emergency to repair an electrical device at a patient's home.

As an electrician, you may work alone or as part of a team with other electricians and people from different technical or building trades.

Skills, Interests and Abilities

The skills, interests and abilities you’ll need to work as an electrician include:

  • good practical and technical skills
  • problem solving skills
  • attention to detail
  • willing to work in different environments, including outdoors
  • good communication skills
  • teamworking skills

Useful abilities include:

  • the ability to think creatively
  • the ability to work alone
  • the ability to understand instructions
  • the ability to work safely and accurately



Entry Requirements

To apply for a job as a fully qualified electrician in NHSScotland, you will need to have a recognised qualification, such as an SVQ Electrical Installation – Level 3 (SCQF Level 7), awarded by SQA. It is also useful to have some experience of electrical maintenance activities, either from paid employment or voluntary work.

The specific entry requirements will depend on the Agenda for Change (AfC) band for the job. Qualified electricians usually start at band 4. The qualifications asked for may also vary depending on the recruiting NHSScotland board. You are advised to contact each individual board to find out its specific entry requirements.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 paid employment with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

Modern Apprenticeships in Engineering (Engineering Maintenance Electrical) at SCQF Level 6 or Electrical Installation at SCQF Level 7 are frameworks for people interested in working as an electrician. Find out more about these Modern Apprenticeships on the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) website:


Learning and Development

You will be encouraged to develop your career in NHSScotland and you’ll be given the training you need for the job including:

  • an introduction to the department and its procedures
  • health and safety
  • risk management

During your career, you may have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications, such as:

Visit the VQ Finder website to find out more about the full range of SVQs available.

Gaining new qualifications will help your career prospects, leading to more senior roles with a greater level of responsibility. With further experience and qualifications you could progress to a job as a higher technician or a site manager or head of facilities. A head of facilities manages the whole team of estates and facilities staff across a health board.