This is the sixteenth in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of the cable jointer.
There are regional differences in the skills and occupations where employers are experiencing shortages and throughout this series we will endeavour to provide information on where the greatest demand for the occupations and skills exist geographically.
What does a cable jointer do?
A cable jointer is sometimes called an electricity distribution worker. Cable jointers maintain and repair over and underground power lines and cables that supply electricity to homes and businesses.
Day to day you would test equipment and keep it in good working order, install and remove cables and components and configure electrical systems.
How do you get a job as a cable jointer?
For work of this kind you need to have normal colour vision and you need to be okay with working high up.
Studying electrical engineering at school, college or through an apprenticeship would be a good way of getting into this career. At GCSE level, maths and physics are important. You’ll also need:
- A practical approach and skills
- The ability to work alone and on your initiative
- Problem solving ability
Pay for cable jointers
The average starting salary for a cable jointer is £16,000, rising to around £35,000 with experience.See skills shortage occupation 17