Trades Trainees are employees in an entry-level position that is intended to provide job and crew support, exposure to the trade, and to provide the Trades Trainee with the knowledge and basic job skills to prepare for entry into the Apprenticeship Program.
This is a minimum of 6 months to 1 year probationary position to evaluate practical skills and complete academic program prerequisites.
Skills and Attributes
Trades Trainees should have the following skills and attributes to be successful:
- Good mechanical aptitude
- Physical dexterity
- The capability of working at heights
- Good eye-hand coordination
- Precise and detailed in work
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints
- Safety conscience
How do I get Started?
Initial selection and employment is the first step to an Apprenticeship and is decided by the Contractor.
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Trades Trainee Registration
At or prior to employment date, it is a mandatory requirement that the Trades Trainee is registered with the JLATA and IBEW Local 258.
Trades Trainee Registration Form can be downloaded here:
Confirmation of Registration
Upon registration by your Employer with the JLATA and IBEW Local 258, the JLATA office will send the Employer a Registration Package for the Trades Trainee containing:
- Trades Trainee Information Guidebook
- TT Sticker to be worn on hard hat (hard hat provided upon request)
- Trades Trainee Daily Log Book
The Trades Trainee will be given an opportunity to acquire a sufficient level of understanding, and practical application of job skills to make an informed decision on whether to pursue the trade; and for the Contactor to determine the candidate has the attributes to become an Apprentice.
Complete Apprenticeship Program Academic and Practical Skills Prerequisites for entry into the Apprenticeship Program
Trades Trainees must provide proof of the following:
- Math 11 Algebra or higher program
- Physics 11 or higher program
- English 12
- High School Diploma or a government recognized high school equivalency
- Post Secondary AC/DC Fundamentals Online Course with College of New Caledonia
- Class 3 driver’s license with Air Brake Endorsement
- Registered as a Trades Trainee with the JLATA for a minimum of 6 months
- Up to date Trades Trainee Log Book (specific daily details of job and hours)
- Completion of Training Modules and Field Exercises
The AC/DC Fundamentals online course from College of New Caledonia introduces Trades Trainees to basic concepts required to understand and explain the systems that generate, deliver and sell electrical power. Click here to download the BC Hydro Electric Utility Fundamentals course information. Click here to download the course registration form.
Completed Foundations/Pre-Apprentice Program?
Those who have successfully completed an ITA recognized Foundations or Pre-Apprentice Program will not be required to attend Level 1 Technical Training, if original sealed ITA transcript is provided.
Application for Indentureship
At the end of the Trades Trainee probationary period, your Employer will evaluate and verify that you have the right attitude, keen interest in the trade and possess an appropriate level of practical skills for entry into the PLT Apprenticeship Program.
Employers may then put forward to the JLATA Board for review an Application for Indentureship into the Apprenticeship Program.
The JLATA Board will consider Trades Trainees for Apprenticeship if:
- They have a minimum of 6 months Trades Trainee experience;
- Have submitted proof of the required academic pre-requisites; and
- The Employer is in compliance with Ratio requirements as per Appendix C of the Master Line Agreement
Final Selection of candidates for Apprenticeship shall be made by the JLATA. Trades Trainees being considered are subject to Skill Assessment by the JLA to determine their readiness for Apprenticeship.