JAC Aprenticeship Overview
The duration of the ICI apprenticeship at the JAC is 9000
hours and takes between five (5) and six (6) years to complete. Initially there
is an 1,800 hour Pre-apprenticeship Program that must be completed to become a
Registered Apprentice in the 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician
sector. Apprenticeships in Ontario are designed so that 80% of learning is done
on the job while under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. Once
dispatched to a company an apprentice works on jobsites performing the tasks of
a Construction and Maintenance Electrician and is paid by their employer
(Contractor). The other 20% of learning is done through attending the three mandatory
levels of Trade School (Basic 8 weeks, Intermediate 10 weeks, Advanced 10 weeks).
As part of the JAC program you will also
be required to attend Saturday classes.
Apprentices work for a member company of the Greater Toronto
Electrical Contractors Association. An apprentice is dispatched by the L.U.353
IBEW. The geographical area covered is from Lake Ontario north to Parry Sound, and
from Trenton in the east to Oakville in the west. An employer could send an
apprentice to a jobsite anywhere within this area, so apprentices MUST be able
to provide their own transportation to the jobsite. Work usually begins at 7
Our Contractors are involved in building office towers, hospitals, condominiums and commercial properties greater than 4 floors. Please look at the Links/Resources Additional Contacts sections we have provide for a more detailed explanation.
Once selected for the Program (through the Intake – please see
How to Apply) a successful candidate is placed in a pool. As jobs become
available people in the pool are contacted (a minimum of two (2) weeks prior)
to attend the Safety and Orientation Course. Selection from the pool is totally
random. Once the two (2) week Safety and Orientation course is successfully
completed an apprentice will then be dispatched by the IBEW to a GTECA member company
and the Pre Apprenticeship begins. It could take a calendar year before all
successful candidates in the pool are placed.