Process and Timelines
1. The applicant is invited to complete an application online during a specific window of time. Digital copies of your Official documents verifying your Education will need to be uploaded at this time. The applicant will be then be given specific instructions for Stage 2.
2. Stage 2 will require the applicant to arrive at a specified location at a specified time and present all required documents (Official High School Transcript, Credit Counselling Summary or Comprehensive ICAS Report) and a Résumé with cover letter outlining why they want to become a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician. Applicants will also need to provide three (3) references that are NOT related to them by blood or marriage as well as photo I.D. (Passport or Drivers License). Applicants listing additional Education, personal accomplishments or safety certificates which are noted in their resume MUST provide documentation to verify. Failure to provide verification will render those accomplishments invalid and unacceptable. Applicants will then complete Part B of the application in person and then take part in the Job Awareness Activity and complete the computerized Mechanical Aptitude test.
3. Candidates moving forward in the process will be invited for a personal interview at the J.A.C. office.
4. Successful candidates being accepted into the Program are placed in a Pool.
5. Successful candidates are then randomly selected from the Pool to attend the Safety and Orientation course were they will spend two (2) weeks being prepared for dispatch. Content of the course includes; an Introduction to the JAC Program, Introduction to electrical theory and basic circuitry, material and tool identification, First aid, WHMIS, Working at heights and other safety courses.
6. If the Safety and Orientation course is successfully completed the applicant will be placed with a GTECA member contractor by the IBEW LU 353. The applicant will now begin the 1,800 hour Pre-Apprenticeship.
Additional Information for Applicants
Applicants need to be aware that there will be specific tasks and due dates included in the application process. Failure to complete the tasks or meet the deadlines can result in you being removed from the process.
It is exceedingly important for applicants to understand that this process is very competitive and that we usually receive over 900 applications during one Intake and that on average, only 1 in 8 are successful and selected for the Program. You (and your application) will be assessed at every stage of the process whether in person, via email or over the phone.
With the volume of applications we receive, if you DO NOT have ALL of the necessary requirements, you really need to evaluate whether you should apply, or wait until you have ALL the necessary requirements, and apply then.
It is absolutely critical that applicants verify all accomplishments they have included in their résumé. If you have additional education, safety certificates or associated work experience it must be backed up with documentation. Failure to do so means that we cannot count that as part of your application.
You are required to provide 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.
During Step 1
The online application will ask you for your contact information, ask you to answer a number of questions related to the career you are applying for, and to upload your Official Transcript or Comprehensive ICAS Report. The system will deliver an email to you with details about Stage 2, or that you are not proceeding forward in this current Intake.
During Step 2
Applicants will arrive to present the original documents they uploaded during the online application. They will also bring their résumé and cover letter outlining why they want to become a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician. Applicants are encouraged to include any additional documentation to verify accomplishments they have listed on their résumé. Applicants listing additional Education, personal accomplishments or safety certificates which are noted in their resume MUST provide documentation to verify. Failure to provide verification will render those accomplishments invalid and unacceptable. The JAC will photocopy all original documents and your photo I.D. so you can take the originals home with you. The Job Awareness is simply an opportunity for the applicant to experience tasks and skills used daily by Construction Electricians. We have found over the years that some applicants are really not clear on what this career entails and that this activity helps to create understanding for them. The Mechanical Aptitude Test includes approximately 130 questions about gears, pulleys, tools, machines, and mechanical apparatus, your understanding of numerous technologies, mechanics, your spatial abilities, measurement, mathematics and deductive reasoning. Your results will indicate to us whether you have mechanical aptitude, or not. This is one of our major determiners for applicants to continue in the application process. Lower scores on this task will remove you from the process. After this Stage the system will deliver an email to you with details about Stage 3, or that you are not proceeding forward in the process.
During Step 3
You and your application are being assessed at every stage of the process whether in person, via email or over the phone. If you are a desirable candidate then your next step would be a personal interview at the J.A.C. office. Up until this point you are only a paper package of information. This will be your opportunity to introduce yourself to us and to demonstrate the essential soft skills we are looking for. After this Stage the system will deliver an email to you with specific details about next steps, or that you are not proceeding forward in the process.
During Step 4
If successful in the interview stage you are placed into the selection pool. Successful candidates are then randomly selected to attend the Safety and Orientation course. Although now in the selection pool, if you are missing any of the mandatory educational requirements, you are not allowed to attend the Safety and Orientation until you have successfully completed the missing education and provided verification.
During Step 5
The Pool itself will hold all of the 100+ successful candidates and it could take a full calendar year to deplete the pool. Being in the pool is no guarantee, you now have your foot in the door but applicants need to understand that they need to pass the Safety and Orientation course in order to carry on in the process and be dispatched. If the candidate is unable to pass the S & O, they are removed from the Program.
During Step 6
Candidates have now successfully completed the Safety and Orientation course and are dispatched to a GTECA member company. You are now starting your Pre-apprenticeship. You are on probation for 1,800 hours and will be assessed / evaluated onsite by your counsellor and direct supervisor a minimum of two (2) times, more if there appear to be issues. Candidates can be removed from the program if essential skill sets and performance are not up to industry standards.