Who We Are
The Electrical Apprentice Training Alliance (The Alliance) has been in existence for 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 Alliance is comprised of an equal number of representatives from the Greater Toronto
ECA and the IBEW LU 353 which creates a governing body called the Council. The
Council sets the Policies, Procedures, and Expectations (PPE) for which the Alliance operates under as well as takes direction regarding
the Apprenticeship Program. The Council meets on a regular basis to discuss
content and direction for the Program. The Council also works to address any changes imposed by the Ministry of Training
Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
Alliance's purpose is to recruit, select, counsel
and educate 309A Construction and Maintenance electrical apprentices and
Network Cable Specialists (NCS) 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.
Program we offer has been developed to guide and support apprentices from
application through to passing their Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) for
Journeyperson status. As this apprenticeship is hours-based, the length of time
it takes to complete the apprenticeship can vary between individuals. Generally
speaking, the average time to complete
the program is approximately 6 years.
The intake process is
based on labour demand and the Alliance is
informed of this demand by the Local Joint Conference Board (LJCB). The LJCB
determines how many workers are required, and in turn the Alliance opens an intake process based on those numbers.