Powerline Technician Apprentice Construction Sector
Christopher is a non-status Aboriginal who was residing in Sudbury, ON. Christopher had been preparing himself for the job market, seeking employment and attending interviews. In August 2010, Christopher attended the Powerline Technician Interview with the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers in Barrie, ON. He was successfully hired as a Powerline Technician Apprentice and commenced employment in late August 2010.
During his apprenticeship, Christopher will receive on-the-job-training and an Apprenticeship Training Standard, which outlines the competencies to be learned on the job. These competencies equip an apprentice to work in the trade as a certified skilled worker or “journeyperson”. As a Powerline Technician Apprentice he will also complete four levels of theoretical training, consisting of 383 hours.
Gezhtoojig provided funding to Christopher for out of town travel to accept his apprenticeship position, related costs while in transit and the purchase of required safety equipment. The Employment Support program assists individuals by encouraging qualified employers to hire and retain apprentices and provides employment supports to unemployed persons. This assistance made available through Service Canada A.S.T.S.I.F Apprenticeship funding has opened up a new and rewarding opportunity for Christopher.
If you are in the process of exploring career options, Christopher encourages learning “what’s out there” by seeking out employment agencies such as Gezhtoojig to learn about the employment supports and services that are available to “guide you on your way”. He recommends doing your research early on before graduating high school.