Originally Posted by Acadian9
Things are getting pretty busy here in Toronto Local 353. My supervisors were saying that they are having trouble getting enough guys for all the new jobs we're getting in high-rise.
Wow, I was just about to post that link (your reply wasn't there when I clicked the thread). I see that the JAC is taking applications in May. Punter, you have to show up in person. If you don't get there then, you'll probably have to wait another year.
The HVAC guys are taking applications too (you can do this online for the first step):
Why not hedge your bets?
Punter, I got into Local 353 through the JAC and I don't have any relatives in the union (or the trade). I didn't have any formal experience doing electrical work. It took almost a year from when I applied to when I started work. Usually it's less.
Of course having experience and training isn't ever going to hurt, so if you can learn some skills elsewhere, even non-union, go for it. You won't get 100% credit for your hours worked, if you aren't a registered apprentice it will probably be 0. Also, don't be surprised if you still have to take out the garbage and fetch coffee as a pre-apprentice.