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Old 11-15-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hi There!!

I am new to the site and was just wondering if anyone out there had any tips on how i should go about trying to become an Electrician Apprentice! I want to work in the ICI sector and have no idea where to start or how to get in. I have been looking into a pre-apprenticeship program through The Pre-Apprentice Training Institute (which is a private college), just wondering if that was a good idea or if there is another route i should take. Just looking for anyone and everyone general advice on this topic and maybe some information on how you got into this career personally.

Thank you all for your time, help and knowledge!!!
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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Apply for a job. That's what an apprenticeship is in Ontario, a job.

The college is a BS cash grab. Once you're a registered apprentice, you'll get sent off to college when the time is right.
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Join the union.

http://www.ibew.org/1stdistrict/
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Don't do this.

Unless you want a wrecked elastic.

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He said he wants to work, not sit.
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OK but where can I apply too, I have been searching and searching for weeks now and no one want to hire someone without experience! All i Found were ads for 3rd 4th and 5th year electrical apprentices!
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OK but where can I apply too, I have been searching and searching for weeks now and no one want to hire someone without experience! All i Found were ads for 3rd 4th and 5th year electrical apprentices!
Nobody is going to do the foot work for you dude. Apply to every company under the sun.
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As a pre-apprentice, you are in for a tough road ahead in Ontario.
Pati is an option, they are tied into a network of employers in the Provence (I know some that work with them), but it can be expensive and there are no guarantees. Same with the tech courses that are offered in Ontario colleges, they can be costly and you still are not registered. I know some in the TO area do offer courses that offer co-op placements.

As other posters pointed out, you've got to be banging on doors and getting your face out there. Most employers are restricted with the 3:1 ratios and may not have many apprenticeship opportunities at the moment.

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This is what I did at the very beginning when I applied to the apprenticeship. For me, it was a very good move.

While I worked on getting into the apprenticeship, I joined the Union as a Sound and Comm. Tech (basically pulling cables, terminating and doing patch panels). I got a sneak peek at the electrical industry and what it's like to be in the union. Then I could make an informed decision as to whether pursuing an apprenticeship with the IBEW/NECA was for me. I was also able to prove myself in the field and had good references from a few Union contractors once it was time for my interview.

Although work has been slow, doing sound+comm has taught me some good things, and even though electricians may not do sound + comm stuff very often, at least I know a little bit about it- and that might come in handy.

Maybe you can try the same thing?

Good luck with everything!
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Mohawk College (in Hamilton, Ontario) has a good Electrician's course if you are willing to live outside of Toronto, or commute while you are doing your studies. Look into it.
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I am new to the site and was just wondering if anyone out there had any tips on how i should go about trying to become an Electrician Apprentice! I want to work in the ICI sector and have no idea where to start or how to get in. I have been looking into a pre-apprenticeship program through The Pre-Apprentice Training Institute (which is a private college), just wondering if that was a good idea or if there is another route i should take. Just looking for anyone and everyone general advice on this topic and maybe some information on how you got into this career personally.

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A great way to find this out is to lookup local companies that work as contractors or builders. Many, specially smaller, local family run businesses will be willing to help you find a place or even take you in.

This is actually how I started in the business about 20 years ago. I was lucky to be friends of one of the owner's sons, so I was able to learn a great deal and eventually got my electrician license for Florida.
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Indentured slaves bound for sparky fields,
Sold in the market, we all know the deal
Scarred old EC know he's doin alright.
Hear us whip the newbies just around break time.


Aaaaaprentice , you'd best be dancing good now
Aaaaaprentice, , just like a newbie should now
A-huh.

Code beatings, we're right even if were not,
Nfpa speak gonna help you to the top
We might even say that your doin alright.
You should a heard us just around breaktime.

Aaaaaprentice , you'd best be dancing good now
Aaaaaprentice, , just like a newbie should now
A-huh.

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Maybe your mama was a code geek queen,
but you can't even find art 310.16
Indentured servitude , we all know what it's like,
You should have heard us just around breaktime.

Aaaaahprentice, you'd best be dancing good now
Aaaaaaaprentice, just lie a newbie should now

I said yeah, I said yeah, I said yeah, whooo
Oh just like a, just like a newbie should.

I said yeah, I said yeah, I said yeah, whooo
Oh just like, just like a newbie should.


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Why does every desk jockey think that when their cushy office job falls through they can just "become" an electrician? "oh I tried the easy way first, now maybee I'll do this".... Good luck
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