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Pre-Apprenticeship FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the pre-apprenticeship only open to certain demographics?

The pre-apprenticeship is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor whose goals are to address the unique needs of the American workforce and population.  The demographics served have been historically under-represented within the electrical industry.  Our population is becoming increasingly diverse and we are facing a shortage of workers in our industry.

  • If I go through the pre-apprenticeship and am later accepted into the apprenticeship, will I displace anyone on the ranked list?

No.  The pre-app students do not displace any applicants. We have a projected number of new classes that we are going to take for the year. Apprentices for those are taken from the ranked list. Those classes are paid for by the RJATC (the resources, instructor, etc.). The pre-apprenticeship is completely funded through the Department of Labor grant and not paid for by the RJATC, and the pre-apprentices are not merged onto the ranked list.

  • If I go through the pre-apprenticeship will I still have to meet the minimum program requirements for the apprenticeship program?

Yes. Minimum program requirements are stat standards and everyone must meet them.

  • I am 17 years old but meet all other eligibility requirements – can I still apply?

You must be 18 years or older by September 24, 2018.

  • I have applied to the apprenticeship program in the past. Do I need to turn in my qualifying transcripts again?

If it has not been longer than five years since your application, we will forward your school transcripts. Please make a note of this on your application. We will not forward any material other than transcripts.

  • If I go through the pre-apprenticeship will I still have to pass the aptitude test that everyone else has to pass for the Inside Wireman Program?

No. Direct entry upon completion of Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

  • Will there be homework?

Yes. There will be occasional homework. 

  • Is 100% attendance required? I have a vacation/wedding/graduation/etc. planned.

Attendance is critical. Pre-apprentices are required to attend all related training classes and on-the-job training. Documentation of any attendance or tardy related issue is encouraged (tow receipt, doctor’s note, etc.)

The following rules will apply:

Absences during Classroom Training

Three absences are allowed over the duration of the 220-hour classroom training.

1st   Absence: Verbal Warning

2nd Absence: Written Warning

3rd Absence: Written Warning

4th Absence: Termination

Tardiness during Classroom Training:

Tardy means arriving up to 2 hours late to class in the morning, from break, from lunch and/or leaving up to 2 hours early. Over 2 hours late is an absence. Two tardies are allowed. Three equate to an absence.

1st Tardy: Verbal Warning

2nd Tardy: Written Warning

3rd Tardy: Counted as an Absence and the above rules apply

Absences and Tardiness during On-the-Job Training

This will vary per contractor policy. Repeated absences and tardiness could be cause for termination.

  • Can you explain how Direct Entry works?

Pre-apprentices who successfully complete all classwork, demonstrate a good attitude, and receive favorable reports for their on-the-job training are offered one opportunity for direct entry into the Inside Wireman program. This offer expires after 180 days. All application requirement must be met. Think of the pre-apprenticeship as a long interview.


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