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August 6, 2013

Ion/Apex brings structure and NCCER compliance training to the OJT portion of the apprenticeship program. 

Within the Ion/Apex Electric organization, all individuals whose duties involve the installations of electrical equipment and/or systems are declared an apprentice until the individual obtains a Kentucky electrical journeymen or master license.  Certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians, Foreman and Field Superintendents, oversee and provide quality control for all installations conducted by apprentices. While the primary responsibilities of Foreman and Field Superintendents is to manage the overall project, certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians are primarily responsible for the installations and training, and the advancement of apprentices.

All certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians are NCCER certified. The NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 60 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States. 

Apprentices complete a minimum of 8,000 field hours for participants in the CAP and 12,000 field hours for participants in the non-CAP. During this time, apprentices have the benefit of being mentored by certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians. Each new apprentice is indentured to a given certified instructor or mentoring journeymen electrician. Starting with safety, tools, dress and conduct, the apprentice is the responsibility of the certified instructor or journeymen electrician. The apprentice and the certified instructor or journeymen electrician will report to the job site and works under the direction of the Foremen and/or Field Superintendents as a team. 

During the first two years (first and second period of the four period process) the apprentice is assigned to multiple certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians to learn different skill sets and methodologies. Throughout the process the certified instructor(s) and/or journeymen electrician(s) will provide documentation detailing the advancement of the apprentice to the Human Resource Department and to OVCEF.

Quarterly the team of certified instructor and/or mentoring journeymen electrician, and the Human Resource Department meet and discuss the overall advancements and needs of each apprentice. An action plan and/or career path for each apprentice shall be reviewed, updated and implemented. Standardized written evaluation forms will be used for documentation. This team will determine if and when an apprentice is ready to begin working under their own direction (approximately 24-36 months into the program). Within the first 1000 hours that an apprentice participates in either program (CAP on non-CAP), the team must determine if the apprentice has the mental and mechanical skill sets and determination to complete the program.

There is a period of time (during the third period of the four period process) when the apprentice reports directly to the Foreman and/or Field Superintendents. During this time Foreman and/or Field Superintendents uses the same standardized written evaluation forms to report the apprentice’s progress. These reports will be reviewed by the team of certified instructor and/or mentoring journeymen electrician to determine if additional oversight and training is required.

In the fourth period the apprentice shall be reunited with certified instructors and/or mentoring journeymen electricians to learn and master the more advanced skills such as motor controls, load calculations, mastering the NEC, and “trouble shooting”.

At the completion of each program the trained apprentice will be encouraged to test for their Kentucky electrical license. This program, along with all involved parties, shall be measured based on retention rates, skills learned, quality of life, and electrical licenses obtained.  

To our knowledge, no other electrical contractor in the Greater Cincinnati market, mandates and brings such structure to the OJT portion of the apprentice’s training and development process.

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