· LOCO 11
what non union apprenticeship are you in?
if I had joined, they were going to make me an R-4. The problem is that I have OJT hours that weren't allowed to be documented in my non union apprenticeship. I also had gaps of unemployment during my 3 years, so I only really have 2 total years in electrical. I would've been an R-5 with 3 full years. I will also have 3 full years of schooling next month. Since I didn't have the OJT hours, they couldn't put me right info the union apprenticeship. I wouldn't had to do the interview process, and hope that I got in. They said that I would also have to pay half for school. I always thought that apprentice paid for school through union dues. Either way, I pay half of my schooling now. With those missing OJT hours, I would've come into the apprenticeship as a 1st year apprentice, going into my 2nd year again. With there being no sure thing that I'd get into the apprenticeship, I decided to to hold off joining the union until next year.There would be a 0% chance they would make him an AJ with only three years experience and no license.
Not knowing his skill level but he would be best served to go through the apprenticeship
I don't think it makes sense for me to pretty much start over. I'm already halfway through my apprenticeship. I'll re-apply after a year. That would put me right where I really should be.It is a process to get in. A lot of guys get discouraged and stop short.
Taking the aptitude test and interview all the way through can take months.
The R program is a joke and just a way to under pay labor. The apprenticeship is where you want to be.
If you are serious start the process as soon as you can by taking the test. They are short on man power now, it really is a good time to apply. Once you are in and follow the program you will be set for 5 years of steady employment. At the end you will be well trained and always have that golden ticket to make a good living.
I was told that if I had just 3 more months worth of OJT, I would be an R-5. I could also skip past the interview process and right into 3rd year, like I will be next August. With a full year of time, I'd be well over the hours. I just don't want to be held back.Do as you see fit, but just curious as to where you think another year will put you as far as the union is concerned?