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Phone: 604-599-8422

Email: info@jlattc.ca

How do I get Started?

Step 1

Gain Employment

Initial selection and employment is the first step to an Apprenticeship and is decided by the Contractor.

Find an Employer

If you’re ready to start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to find a job with an employer who will  train you.  To see who our Employer Members are view our Employer Directory

Get a jump start on skills Employers are looking for

The following education is a mandatory pre-requisite for Apprentices to enter the Apprenticeship Program.

  • 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

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.


Step 2

Trades Trainee Registration

At or prior to employment date, it is a mandatory requirement that the Trades Trainee is registered with the JLATA and Local 258 of the IBEW.

Trades Trainee Registration Form can be downloaded here:

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 must be in good health and 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

WaitlistsDue to the limited size of the Power Line Construction industry, there shall be no more than 30 Trades Trainees indentured into the Apprenticeship Program per year.  Applicants will be placed on a waitlist.  As room becomes available Trades Trainees will be accepted in order of receipt of registrations, provided that their employer is eligible for a Trades Trainee.

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


Step 3:

Complete Required Academic and Practical Skills Requirements

Trades Trainees must submit proof of completion of the following to the JLATA office:

Academic Requirements:

High School Diploma or a government recognized high school equivalency

  • Math 11 Algebra or higher program
  • Physics 11 or higher program
  • English 12

BC Hydro AC/DC Electrical Fundamentals Online Course with College of New Caledonia

In addition,

  • 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)

Trades Trainee fulfills minimum 6-12 months supervised work experience requirement:

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.  Please note that Trades Trainee position expires after 1 year and the JLATA will contact your Employer to determine whether an extension is required.

Step 4:

Application for Indentureship

At the end of the Trades Trainee probationary period, your Employer may then put forward to the JLATA Board an Application for Indentureship.

Your Employer will complete and submit a Trades Trainee Evaluation verifying that you have the right attitude, a keen interest in the trade and possess an appropriate level of practical skills for entry into the PLT Apprenticeship Program.

The JLATA Board will review applications if the Trades Trainee:

    • Has been registered as a Trades Trainee with the JLATA and Local 258 IBEW for a minimum of 6 months;
    • Has 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.

ITA Sponsor Registration Form Agreement signed between Sponsor (JLATA) and Apprentice