About the JAC
The Joint Apprenticeship Council (J.A.C.) has been in existence for close to 50 years. It is under the direction of the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association (GTECA) and the Local Union 353 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The JAC itself is under the direction of an appointed Council. This governing body (The Council) is comprised of an equal number of representatives from GTECA and LU353/IBEW. They set the Policies and Procedures the JAC operates under and the direction it takes with regards to the Program. They meet regularly to discuss the content and the direction the Program needs to take as well as react to changes imposed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (M.A.E.S.D.) and the Ontario College of Trades (O.C.O.T.).
The JAC’s purpose is to recruit, assess, select, counsel and educate 309A Construction and Maintenance electrical apprentices within the Greater Toronto Area. Our area of responsibility is from Lake Ontario north to Parry Sound and from Trenton in the east to Oakville in the west.
The Program we offer has been developed over the 40+ years with input from the GTECA and the LU353 of the IBEW. Its purpose is to guide and support apprentices from application through to passing their Certificate of Qualification for Journeyperson status. As this apprenticeship is hours based the length of time varies between individuals. As a general rule from application through to passing the Red Seal Exam takes approximately 6 years. Apprentices will be involved in additional mandatory Safety and Supplementary Training courses throughout their apprenticeship. These courses are held outside of work time in the evenings and on Saturdays. The sole purpose being to help make them more successful at Trade School as well as be the most educated and safe workers in the Electrical Industry.
Our hiring practice is based solely on labour demand and is not on a regular or annual basis. When there is labour demand the JAC is informed by the Local Joint Conference Board (LJCB) that there is a need for additional workers and how many we need to accept into the ‘Program’. The process then begins with notification on this website that there will be an Intake of new Pre-apprentices on a specific date at a specific location. There is no set time of year, or whether it will occur annually as it is solely based upon labour demand.