Reflections On The 2018 Intake
It is our intention to help you be successful when you apply to the JAC Pre-apprenticeship Program. To ensure that, in 2017, we put a significant amount of time and effort into redesigning and revamping the JAC website and all its content. We also knew that we were going to be updating the actual Intake Process and be implementing an online application. There were some technical issues as we worked our way through the new process and modifications have already been initiated for the next Intake.
The Intake Process is a monumental task for the JAC staff. In 2018 there were a total of 710 applicants. Each applicant needed to have their documents assessed. Each applicant had to complete their application. Each applicant had to take part in the Job Awareness Activity. Each applicant needed to complete the Mechanical Aptitude test. With the 4 full days at the IBEW Mississauga Training Centre there was additional work done behind the scenes. In order for the process to be fair, equitable and thorough for all, we needed to look over each and every application. If we only spent 5 minutes on each application (which is a conservative figure), that is 710 x 5 minutes which equals to 59.16 hours. If you were moving forward in the process then reference calls were made to help gather more information about you and the essential skills you demonstrate in a work environment. That required us to contact all three of your references and spend approximately 5 minutes with each of the references that you provided to gather further information. If we were to look at say 250 of the top candidates, times 3 calls of 5 minutes each that’s now an additional 62.5 hours. These are just approximate figures used to present the complex process that has gone to carefully pick the best candidates suited for this line of work.
Listed below are some short explanations of where applicants ran into trouble, or how they did NOT promote themselves or their application.
The number one issue was abundantly clear. Applicants did not read the material provided on the website. The content was updated in order to provide specific information for applicants and to answer all the Frequently Asked Questions we traditionally receive. The FAQ are also there to help you NOT make mistakes. Applicants were encouraged and reminded at different stages to go back and read the content BEFORE starting the online application process. A large number of applicants were disappointed and unable to complete applications because they had not read the content and did not have the documentation or the minimum education required. Anyone interested in a career as a 309A Construction and Maintenance electrician MUST dedicate their time to read all the content on the website in detail to ensure they are aware, informed and qualified. From the JAC’s point of view you are one (1) of 710 applicants and we are looking for the best of the best. Not following instructions, not being prepared and not being aware of the requirements do not demonstrate the essential skills we would be looking for in an applicant.
All applicants regardless of Post-Secondary Education or work experience MUST meet the minimum education requirements as stipulated, in order to be able to apply. There are no exceptions. Once those are met, the additional education or specific trade related experience will help to make your application stand out.
Applicants were asked for three (3) references that “are not a personal friend or related to you by blood or marriage. These references will be contacted. You need to ensure that your references know that you have given their name to the JAC and that they are prepared to give you a positive evaluation”. If your application is of interest to us we will call the references you have provided. We need to find out more about you, your work ethic and your essential skill sets. When we are given family members or personal friends to contact they cannot provide us with the information we are looking for, then your application is removed from further consideration. If we receive negative feedback, then your application is removed from further consideration. If we contact the references and they fail to return our phone calls or emails, then your application is removed from the further consideration. An alarming number of references did NOT call us back after reminder calls and reminder emails. You need to ask yourself if your choice for a reference was a good one.
All applicants needed to complete the application themselves. There were a large number of online applications completed by someone other than the actual applicant.
It was clearly indicated that throughout the Intake Process the JAC would contact you through email. There were a surprising number of applicants that entered their email addresses incorrectly, or it was not legible. Those applicants were not able to continue in the process because we could not send them information about the next steps.
When completing Part B of the application in person (at the IBEW Mississauga Training Centre), there were a significant number of applications that we were unable to decipher due to poor penmanship. We simply could not make contact with you or your references because what was written was illegible.
We ask you to write us an essay on why you want to become a 309A Construction and Maintenance electrician. Not completing that, telling us to look at your cover letter, or putting down two or three point form notes doesn’t help you. Part of the essential skills you need to have is the command of the English language and the ability to be able to communicate in both the written and spoken word.
You need to understand that we ask you to do certain tasks, or follow certain procedures for a reason. We are looking at 710 applicants and are looking for the most outstanding candidates. It is EXTREMELY important that you follow instructions. If we instruct you to read the FAQ, then there is a reason for that. If we ask you to bring documents, then you need to bring them. With the enormity of this process we do not have the time or manpower to contact those that cannot follow instructions. You are simply eliminated from this Intake process.
For the most part, these are simple mistakes made by individuals that are not paying attention to detail. You are not applying for a counter job at McDonalds. You are applying for an opportunity to become part of the largest JAC in Canada with 1700+ apprentices and start on a career as a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician.
We encourage you to continue visiting our website for any announcements relating to future intakes.