Apprenticeship

A Better Apprenticeship Experience

The IBEW CCO locals provide the best possible training to our apprentices. Our industry-leading education program ensures an IBEW apprenticeship completion rate of 95% or better¹, when the non-union completion rate is 58%².

Unlike non-union apprenticeships, IBEW locals and their ECAO contractors work together to provide apprentices with a positive experience. We support apprentices with:

  • Mentoring
  • A managed process that ensures training is progressing at a reasonable pace
  • Pre-exam courses
  • Pre-college preparation
  • Timely registrations
  • Salary and benefit increases as per the collective agreement

NextGen clubs within the locals provide additional support and friendship for the younger workforce. They are organized and run by members under the age of 35. You can learn more about NextGen here >

It all adds up to a better apprenticeship and better future.

Is an Electrical Career Right for You?

Electricians do complex, difficult work in all kinds of environmental conditions. Our construction and maintenance electricians can work in the freezing cold of winter and the stifling heat of summer. Our powerline technicians venture out into storms any time of day or night to repair downed power lines.

An electrical career is as rewarding as it is challenging. We constantly hear from our members that they enjoy “it’s something different every day” and that they feel immense pride in a job well done. Electricians drive by the hospitals, schools, or power plants they’ve worked on and think, “I helped build that!”

Here’s what it takes to be a great electrician:

  • Good grades in high school physics, math, and English
  • A willingness to work in the outdoors and at heights
  • Take your responsibilities seriously
  • A desire to work with your hands
  • A love of problem solving
  • Be a team player

If this sounds like you, you may be a great candidate for an electrical apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you’ll earn as you learn, with your salary increasing as you progress in knowledge and experience. Learn more in this PDF >

How to Become an Electrical Apprentice

In a nutshell, an apprenticeship will last about 5 years, with periods of on-the-job training alternating with college terms.

To become a registered electrical apprentice contact the IBEW local in the area you reside. Once you begin your apprenticeship, the local will work with you to find placement with an electrical contractor.

Contact the Local in Your Area for More
Information on Becoming an Apprentice

Hamilton Local 105

Contact Rich DePietro

Email rdipietro@ibewlu105.com

Quinte-St. Lawrence (Kingston) Local 115

Contact Jason Kish

Email jkish@kos.net

London Local 120

Contact Taylor House

Email thouse@execulink.com

Niagara (St. Catharines) Local 303

Contact Rob Wall

Email rob@ibewlocal303.com

Greater Toronto Local 353

Visit Website: www.electricalapprenticeship.ca

Thunder Bay Local 402

Contact Glen Drewes

Email ibew402@tbaytel.net

Sarnia Local 530

Contact Frank Harris

Email ibew@lu530.com

Ottawa Local 586

Contact Kurt Metz

Email kurt@ibew586.org

Windsor Local 773

Contact Joe Logan

Email joe@ibew773.ca

Central Ontario (Kitchener) Local 804

Contact Brian Jacobs

Email bjacobs804@yahoo.ca

Northern Ontario (Sudbury) Local 1687

Contact Franco Cecchetto

Email dispatch@ibew1687.org

Footnotes

  1. Internally reported by the various locals.
  2. See “Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates in Ontario’s Construction Industry”, by Sean W. Strickland for the Ontario Construction Secretariat“, Figure 4, page 23: https://www.ifebp.org/inforequest/ifebp/0165085.pdf.