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Looking at starting an apprenticeship in Ontario but not finding it so easy. Found on the forum here to apply to a supply place so that is what I am doing.

My question is should I reveal to them that I am actually looking for an apprenticeship and most likely wont be there for more than a year?

Also if you have any other tips on breaking into the trade I would like to hear them.

Is it worth getting things like fall arrest, confined spaces, first aid courses etc. now or should I wait until I find something?

What else can I do? So far I have pre apprentice certificate (prob. not needed according to the forum), lots of my own tools, drills, steel toe boots, hard hat, a little basic residential experience, drivers license, own vehicle.

What do you like to see on an apprentices resume?

And if anyone in Ontario has any leads LET ME KNOW! :thumbsup:
 

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Leave Ontario, that's your best bet. As a third year in Alberta I'll make more than a lot of journeymen in Ontario.
Can you recommend any places to work in Alberta. I really want to try and avoid oil field and man camps but that is where the money is at.
 

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Looking at starting an apprenticeship in Ontario but not finding it so easy. Found on the forum here to apply to a supply place so that is what I am doing.

My question is should I reveal to them that I am actually looking for an apprenticeship and most likely wont be there for more than a year?

Also if you have any other tips on breaking into the trade I would like to hear them.

Is it worth getting things like fall arrest, confined spaces, first aid courses etc. now or should I wait until I find something?

What else can I do? So far I have pre apprentice certificate (prob. not needed according to the forum), lots of my own tools, drills, steel toe boots, hard hat, a little basic residential experience, drivers license, own vehicle.

What do you like to see on an apprentices resume?

And if anyone in Ontario has any leads LET ME KNOW! :thumbsup:
The supply-house is a good place to learn about the stock that is used in the field,don't tell them you'll be moving on until you've got a job lined up,then give 2 week notice.
 

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That's how I got into the trade. I was driving the delivery truck for a wholesaler and a contractor asked me if I wanted to work for him. I wasn't even thinking about getting into the trade.
 

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Looking at starting an apprenticeship in Ontario but not finding it so easy. Found on the forum here to apply to a supply place so that is what I am doing.

My question is should I reveal to them that I am actually looking for an apprenticeship and most likely wont be there for more than a year?

Also if you have any other tips on breaking into the trade I would like to hear them.

Is it worth getting things like fall arrest, confined spaces, first aid courses etc. now or should I wait until I find something?

What else can I do? So far I have pre apprentice certificate (prob. not needed according to the forum), lots of my own tools, drills, steel toe boots, hard hat, a little basic residential experience, drivers license, own vehicle.

What do you like to see on an apprentices resume?

And if anyone in Ontario has any leads LET ME KNOW! :thumbsup:
Yes. And while you're at it, when you meet a wonderful and nice young girl, be sure to tell her father that you are only after a piece of you know what from her...........
 

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Looking at starting an apprenticeship in Ontario but not finding it so easy. Found on the forum here to apply to a supply place so that is what I am doing. My question is should I reveal to them that I am actually looking for an apprenticeship and most likely wont be there for more than a year? Also if you have any other tips on breaking into the trade I would like to hear them. Is it worth getting things like fall arrest, confined spaces, first aid courses etc. now or should I wait until I find something? What else can I do? So far I have pre apprentice certificate (prob. not needed according to the forum), lots of my own tools, drills, steel toe boots, hard hat, a little basic residential experience, drivers license, own vehicle. What do you like to see on an apprentices resume? And if anyone in Ontario has any leads LET ME KNOW! :thumbsup:
http://www.electricalapprenticeship.ca/apply/construction.html
Also check out IBEW Local 353
 

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Looking at starting an apprenticeship in Ontario but not finding it so easy. Found on the forum here to apply to a supply place so that is what I am doing. My question is should I reveal to them that I am actually looking for an apprenticeship and most likely wont be there for more than a year? Also if you have any other tips on breaking into the trade I would like to hear them. Is it worth getting things like fall arrest, confined spaces, first aid courses etc. now or should I wait until I find something? What else can I do? So far I have pre apprentice certificate (prob. not needed according to the forum), lots of my own tools, drills, steel toe boots, hard hat, a little basic residential experience, drivers license, own vehicle. What do you like to see on an apprentices resume? And if anyone in Ontario has any leads LET ME KNOW! :thumbsup:
http://www.electricalapprenticeship.ca/apply/construction.html
Also IBEW Local 353
 

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What's wrong with oilfields? It's great experience. There is plenty of work in town too.
I'm kind of tied up in Ontario for at least a couple months. I would consider Alberta more if I could find a first year position. Can't seem to find anything like that although I have not done a lot of looking in Alberta just yet.

If an employer lists they are looking for a 1st year apprentice does that mean they are looking for someone who is already registered? It seems to me that is the case.
 

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I'm kind of tied up in Ontario for at least a couple months. I would consider Alberta more if I could find a first year position. Can't seem to find anything like that although I have not done a lot of looking in Alberta just yet.

If an employer lists they are looking for a 1st year apprentice does that mean they are looking for someone who is already registered? It seems to me that is the case.
Registering someone as an apprentice is no big deal, having enough licensed employees to have the correct ratio is what's difficult. Being a registered apprentice in itself is pretty useless if the company doesn't have enough journeyman to take you on.

You usually start off as a "helper" and if you work hard and a spot opens up on the ratio for an apprentice your boss will register you. There's work in Ontario, but you may have to work as a "helper" for a year or two.
 

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Registering someone as an apprentice is no big deal, having enough licensed employees to have the correct ratio is what's difficult. Being a registered apprentice in itself is pretty useless if the company doesn't have enough journeyman to take you on. You usually start off as a "helper" and if you work hard and a spot opens up on the ratio for an apprentice your boss will register you. There's work in Ontario, but you may have to work as a "helper" for a year or two.
I can't even seem to find a position as a helper right now. Is it just the wrong time of year?
 

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I can't even seem to find a position as a helper right now. Is it just the wrong time of year?
It's slow for a lot of contractors right now, but good help is always hard to find. If your remain persistent you'll get something. It's all about being at the right place at the right time.

Six or seven years ago I started in the trade and hopped around from shop to shop as a first year, never finding anyone with enough work flow to keep me busy. I ended up getting a job with the local cable utility for a year, I was 18 years old and had my own van to take home every night, pretty sweet gig. A year later I realized I was wasting my life away, so I started reapplying with my cable utility service technician experience on my resume. I got a few part time offers, but nothing worth leaving my job for. About 2-3 months after starting my search, one of the contractors I had met with called me. He was able to offer full time hours and take me on as an apprentice. Well it turns out he was nothing but a liar and had to lay me off two months later after giving me 20-30 hours a week. The next day after he laid me off I was calling around looking for work and someone invited me in for an interview. The owner was on vacation and his general foreman hired me (the owner never hired anyone he didn't know), I've been with that company now for five years and am slated take over for the guy who hired me within the next few months. I'm still well into my early 20's and never left my hometown. Ontario is doable, just be patient and work hard when given the opportunity. Say yes to overtime, and think like a boss, always treat the company you work for like it's your own.
 

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YoungBud, take everything you read on these forums with a grain of salt. There are lots of the guys on these forums that are not registered journeyman yet, apprentices happy to tell you 'how it is done' and 'the best way' to do things. In my opinion it's foolish to think there is one said way to get an apprenticeship. Be it here in Ontario, or Alberta, there is lots of work to be had. Beat down every door, call every number, put the effort in and your hard work will pay off.

Choose for yourself if you want to tell a potential employer your plans to use them as a stepping stone to leave them a year down the road. They will most likely not be too interested in spending a great deal of time, money, and effort training and teaching someone only to have them leave in a year.

Where have you looked in Barrie so far? I know the area and what's around a bit.
 
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