Monday, 18 June 2012

how to get an electrical apprenticeship

How to find an electrical apprenticeship

If you want to be an electrician, you have to complete an apprenticeship. There are many perks to apprenticeship—it’s cost-effective (no high tuition fees), offers hands-on experience, and allows you to earn while you learn—but it’s just like a job search in that you have to be professional and prepared. Here’s how to get started.
Meet the minimum requirements
Before applying for electrical apprenticeships, make sure you have the necessary education and/or training. These are different in each province/territory, so check with your provincial/territorial authority to confirm what the minimum requirements are where you live. In general, aspiring electricians should attend high school until at least the 10th grade, but many employers prefer them to have a high school diploma. This is especially true for unionized positions and can drastically improve your chances of future advancement.
Think about what you want to do
Electricians can work in many different environments (residential, industrial, and power systems) and have various specialities (for example, retrofitting old systems to make them more energy efficient, or designing brand new electrical setups for large buildings). When you’re starting out you’ll want to apply just about everywhere you can, but having an idea of the work you’d like to do can help direct your apprenticeship search and highlight skills you’ll want to learn.
Spruce up your resume
Having a well-edited and designed resume is key to making a good impression, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience. Include details on your education, mentioning any classes you’ve taken that relate to electrical work, as well as your current skill set. Really set on being an electrician but feel like you need some related work experience? Consider applying for non-electrician jobs with electrical companies or contractors, such as office management, reception, or whatever positions need filling. You’ll become familiar with the business environment and make valuable contacts that can lead to being hired as an apprentice.
Start applying
Once you’ve done all this, it’s search time. Don’t just browse online and newspaper listings though, many jobs are found by going to businesses in person. Apply even if companies have no advertised openings. You never know what might come up.
For more information on apprenticeships, visit the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

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