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Apprentice Guidelines

Recording Work-based Hours

The total amount of hours recorded for a day should be the same as that worked/paid for.  This means that from the time of arrival at the job site to the time of departure, those hours shall be recorded in the Log Book in the appropriate section according to the type of work.

Every page must consist of the following:

  • Date
  • Weather
  • Job location
  • Co-workers that day
  • Specific details of the job
  • Forwarding totals of hours per category

Reporting Work-based Hours

The JLATA monitors and reports Apprentice work-based hours through the submission of monthly Work Reports.  At the end of each month, the Apprentice will be responsible for completing and submitting their Work Reports to the JLATA office.

  • Work Reports must be submitted by the 15th of every month for the preceding month.
  • Work hours are transferred from the Log Book to the Work Report.
  • The Work Report must be accurate and completed in full.
  • The Work Report must be reviewed and signed-off by the Employer.

Reporting Progress on the Job

Apprentices are responsible for ensuring that their Supervisor evaluate their progress on the job by completing a Field Progress Assessment quarterly each year.  As  part of the assessment the Supervisor will determine whether the Apprentice meets the practical skill level for their term and if they recommend the Apprentice for Term advancement. Term advancements may be extended if the Apprentice requires additional exposure to key areas of the trade to ensure adequate skill development is achieved.

Quarterly Field Progress Assessments must be submitted for the following quarters each year:

  • 1st Quarter: January – March
  • 2nd Quarter: April-June
  • 3rd Quarter: July – September
  • 4th Quarter: October- December

Advancing in Term Level

Apprentices progress through 7 Term levels during the course of 3.5 years.  Each Term is 6 months in duration, provided the Apprentice is meeting program requirements.  Apprentices start at Term 1 on the actual date of Indentureship and are scheduled to advance in Term Status every 6 months.

In order to advance to the next Term level an Apprentice must ensure:

  • Work Reports and Quarterly Field Progress Assessments are up to date and have been submitted to the JLATA office.
  • Apprentices meet the minimum hours required for Term level as indicated below.
  • The Employer recommends the Apprentice for Term advancement on the Quarterly Field Progress Assessment.
Term 2 – 686 hours Term 3– 1372 hours Term 4– 2058 hours Term 5– 2744 hours Term 6 – 3430 hours Term 7 – 4116 hours Top-out – 6350 hours.

Transferring Companies

  • Movement from one Employer to another is facilitated through the JLATA Board and done ONLY with the approval of the Board.
  • Transfers are standardized in consideration of the established ratios of Journeyman to Apprentice, per the Collective Agreement.
  • Apprentices with extenuating circumstances are required to make a request in writing to the JLATA office explaining reason and must wait for the JLATA to contact you.

Employment Changes

Employment Changes such as (Loss of Driver’s License, injury, illness, requesting leave of absence, lay-offs or termination in employment) must be reported immediately verbally or in writing to the JLATA and Local 258 IBEW.   

Layoffs and Termination

Apprentices that have been laid-off or terminated should contact the IBEW Local 258 DISPATCHER who can be of some assistance about future employment opportunities.

  • Please be aware that, while unemployed, you are still responsible for monthly union membership costs.  Please contact the dispatcher for “A” member unemployment rates.

Academic/Attendance Policy

  • Apprentices must maintain a minimum acceptable grade of 70% in all levels of technical training, including final mark on the Interprovincial Red Seal Examination.
  • Full time attendance in school during both in class and practicum is mandatory.  Absence, late arrival and early departure will count against attendance requirements for the level of technical training.
(An Apprentice who is absent for any cause, for more than 2.5 days of the prescribed level of training, may result in failure.)

Apprentice Conduct Expectations

  • Apprentices are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner throughout their Apprenticeship and adhere to Apprentice Responsibilities and Guidelines as set out by the JLATA and their Employers.  Where an Apprentice’s efforts or progress is not considered satisfactory, the JLATA will counsel the Apprentice of expected standards and requirements to remain in the program.  Failure to program expectations could result in suspension or removal from the Apprenticeship Program.

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