Employer Apprenticeship Training Basics
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 pre-requisites.
As an employer, you are responsible for:
- Hiring and initial selection of the Trades Trainee
- Registering the Trades Trainee with the JLATA and IBEW Local 258 at the time of or prior to employment
- Providing the Trades Trainee with supervision, exposure to the PLT Trade, basic knowledge and job skills to prepare them for entry into the Apprenticeship Program
- Evaluating and verifying appropriate level of practical skills met for entry into the Apprenticeship Program.
- Determining if the Trades Trainee has the attributes to become an Apprentice.
- Recommending the Trades Trainee for Indentureship into the Apprenticeship
Trades Trainee Program Pre-requisites checklist: Link
Apprentices are employees in training and, as such, Employers must be committed to actively promoting skill development by providing adequate field experience.
As an Employer you are responsible for:
- Supervision, training and instructing as needed for the development of their skills to journeyman level.
- Ensure Apprentice has proper equipment and understands the safety standards of your workplace.
- Allowing the apprentice to be absent during their technical training
- Reviewing Apprentice Logbooks and signing off on Apprentice Monthly Work Reports. (Ensuring accuracy of hours and details of report)
- Submitting to the JLATA all required documentation, including but not limited to: Ratio reports, Field Progress Assessments with Term Status upgrade recommendation.
- Term 7 Final Evaluation of Apprentice
- Report to the JLATA and IBEW Local 258 any changes to Apprentice Employment. Ie. Lay-off, Termination
Apprenticeship and Trades Trainee ratio’s are subject to annual manpower survey and analysis by the JLATA.
As per Appendix “C” of the Master Line Agreement, in no circumstances shall the above Apprentice and Trades Trainee ratios violate BC Hydro, WorksSafeBC or any other safety regulations that are in force at a specified worksite or location.
- Register Journeymen with the IBEW local 258
- Supervise and Sign off on completion of 500 Live Line Hours
- Coordinate PSSP Category 2, 3, and 5 training as applicable as well as Limits of Approach.
Requirements to work on BC Hydro System
- Proof of 500 logged Live Line Hours, (a minimum of 300 hours in LL3 Phase)
- PSSP Category 2, 3 are mandatory, while PSSP 5 authorizes right to SPG’s and Live Line permits
- To be authorized to BC Hydro PSSP Category (5), Journeymen must provide proof of an IP Certificate and completion of 500 Live Line hours
Journeymen with NO IP or Red Seal Challenge Pathway
- Register Journeymen with the IBEW Local 258
- Verify completion of 9,525 documented hours of directly related experience working in the occupation including minimum 500 hours completed with a crew doing “Live Line” work.
- Apply with Industry Training Authority to Challenge the Certification