I have been turned down by the IBEW for their eletrcial apprenticeship.
Does anyone here have other recommendations for apprenticeship
programs, sponsored by trade unions or not, that I can look into if am
in interested in pursuing the electrician trade?
Is 32 an age where I have to start considering age discrimination in
Why were you "turned down"? I think that would be an important
questions that needed to be answered.
Also, how many times have you been "turned down"? We have tons of
members who did make it on the first attempt.
It could be that I may have been too slow with the "peg board test"
during the aptitude test.
I have been traditionally slower with mathematics, which could have
shown on the SR- (whatever number) test. In highschool I never had a
motivation to learn math, I never saw a reason to take it seriously
(how does it apply to life?...the failure to answer this question is
one of the significant weaknesses of the US education system, and one
of the biggest reasons for highschool drop out rates, accordng to one
study). So I neglected it. Anyways, I have been slower processing
numbers anyway. That is the way my brain is. I like to do my work
Math is boring? Ok then... I can go ahead and say that in any
apprenticeship and go straight back to Wal-Mart if that is the attitude
I chose. A 32 year old man in poverty (with his family almost wiped
out) thinks a bit differetnly than an 18 year old in highschool.
It could be that I did not present myself well during the interview. I
get nervous and crack up in public speaking situations, or situations
like it, such as interviews. When I showed up to the interview, I had
already thought of some questions they could ask and wrote down
prepared answers for them. I was almost giving a small speech.
It may be that I explained that my expected time for National Guard AIT
training was delayed untill fall. I was hoping to knock it out by
summer and be ready for the apprenticeship in the fall, but lack of
funding delayed it till October. I explained this situation, provided
documentation for it, and asked that if I was accepted into the
program, could they defer my entry into the program till next year. The
interviewers said they would consider it. Perhaps they turned me down
just on this matter, not opting for the deferrment plan I proposed.
I will only know on Monday.
But anyways, I might as well consider other apprenticeship programs out
there instead of putting all my Easter Eggs in one basket. If people
here can aid in my research for other trade union or non trade union
sponsored (hopefully with 'low tuition')apprenticeships related to
electrical work, please let me know.
Doesn't make much sense to just apply and put all your expectations on
a single college, does it? Same thing applies here...
It could be the work situation in the area. You could find out how
many applications they had and how many apprentices they accepted.
New apprentices were only taken once a year when I got in 1984 (It took
me 4 years)
Keep trying. The age limit was 24 when I was accepted. I was 24. I
think the age limits are higher now.
The apprenticeship courses are heavy into math. I would think anyone's
electrical course would be.
Math is important but 95 per cent of electrical construction work is
nothing more than specialized labor work or what we call grunt work.
There is plenty of need for you in the electrical field. If you can't
get into the IBEW hire out as an electrical helper for a nonunion shop
or try working for an electrical supply house. I have a degree in math
with 53 credits in Mathematics and am a journeyman wireman and
electrical administrator. I just got my 30 year IBEW pin the other
day. So I should have an idea of what I am talking about.
Remember being an electrician requires cognitive learning (book
learning including math), psychomotor skills like using tools and
climbing a ladder, and affective learning or attitude like getting
along with others. Using the tools and getting along with the boss and
your fellow workers is much more important than the math. The IBEW
knows this but have so many applicants that they use the math to
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