By definition, Apprenticeship is a discipline that combines on-the-job training with classroom related instruction to properly prepare an individual for the career of his/her choice. Keeping this in mind, no member of Local 355 or 363 can argue the fact: “The future of our industry depends upon the successful development of our apprentices.”

It is of utmost importance for me to convey to our current Journeymen how critical it is that they appreciate the vital training role they play in the development of the apprentice on the job. The JATF provides the required classroom-related instruction at our training center and, in some subject areas, can also provide exposure to jobsite work processes; but, please don’t forget what on-the-job training means—it means just that: on-the-job.

The JATF exposes the apprentice to a minimum of 1,000 hours of classroom-related instruction over the course of his/her apprenticeship. The jobsite provides the apprentice a minimum of 8,200 hours of on-the-job training over the course of his/her apprenticeship. In terms of percentages, that means that the overall development of an apprentice—in order to become a competent Journeyman—is achieved by approximately 15% exposure from classroom-related instruction and 85% exposure from on-the-job training. This difference in percentages only reinforces the fact that the interaction between the apprentice and Journeyman on the job is a crucial component to the overall success of the apprentice.

As a Journeyman you play an important role; it is your responsibility to coach, mentor, and discipline the apprentice on the job, resulting in the development of a proud, competent Journeyman. On behalf of the JATF and our apprentices, we thank you for your expetise and efforts.     

—Kevin Barry, JATF Trustee