Apprentices: Don't Procrastinate, Get That Journeyperson Rate!
Are you an apprentice? Here are the dos
and don’ts of advancing your career and
getting that journeyperson pay rate.
Don’t delay your school terms
(unless absolutely necessary)
It’s never easy to go a few months
without a paycheque, even with CLAC
apprentice bursaries, EI benefits, and
apprenticeship grants. However, a few
delays can put you in a spot where
you’re nearly done your hours, but you
have multiple school terms to complete.
Do keep your paperwork in order
Paperwork isn’t fun, but it’s vital to completing
your apprenticeship. So get over
the mental hurdles and make copies of
and file your registration papers, school
transcripts, previous letters of employment,
and ministry papers.
Do jump through the bureaucratic
Even if you disagree with them, jump
through the required hoops. File what
you need to file. Pay what you need to pay.
Get signed what you need to get signed.
Do keep track of your hours
In most trades, apprentices are entitled
to move up every 1,800 hours. You’re
even credited some hours for school
terms. Don’t miss out on a raise of hundreds
of dollars per month. Some employers
may need a reminder when you
hit the next threshold. Don’t be afraid to
tell your boss, “Heads up, I’ll be a fourth
year next week!”
Don’t leave money on the table
CLAC apprenticeship bursaries are available
to member apprentices whose employer
participates in CLAC’s training
fund. Apply as soon as you’ve completed
a school term. Government funds are
available in each province, and many apprentices
qualify for EI while in school.
In addition, you may qualify for CLAC’s
Frank Kooger Apprenticeship Award,
Matthew Manuel Memorial Award, and
Don’t fear the exam
Test anxiety can get the better of the
best of us. Don’t delay writing because
of a fear that you may fail. Study hard.
There are good test prep books and
courses available (also available from CLAC). Once you have your hours,
start studying and book your exam. If
you don’t pass the first time, try again.
Getting the license means a raise of as
much as $7 or $8 per hour!