Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions By Introductory Training Participants
1. ARE ROOMS AND MEALS PROVIDED?
Yes, arrangements will be made for your lodging and your meals.
2. AM I REQUIRED TO STAY AT THE TRAINING CENTER ON THE WEEKENDS?
You are not required to stay at the school on the weekends. Generally, you will be dismissed each week on Friday afternoon and may go home for the weekend, at your own expense.
3. WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL?
Items to bring include clothing for working outside, boots with steel arches suitable for climbing poles and personal necessities. Bring climbing tools, if you have them. You should definitely bring a notebook, pen and pencils to use for studying and taking notes during the extensive day and evening class sessions.
4. THE INSTRUCTION LETTER STATES THAT I SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE TRAINING CENTER WITH KNOWLEDGE OF MY MEDICAL HISTORY - DOES THAT MEAN I AM REQUIRED TO GO TO MY DOCTOR AND GET A PHYSICAL?
No. It is not required for you to go to the Doctor to get a complete physical; however, you should be aware of the last time you received a tetanus shot, your blood type, and whether you have any allergies to drugs, such as penicillin, in case you do receive an injury at the climbing school.
5. WHAT WILL I BE DOING DURING THE THREE WEEK TRAINING?
Introductory Training is designed to cover safety procedures, OSHA regulations, pole-top/bucket rescue and the development of basic climbing skills, familiarization of tools and equipment, general construction methods, knot tying and rigging, first aid and CPR. You will also receive basic math and electrical theory classes. This training helps prepare you to begin your work assignments and your on-the-job training requirements during your apprenticeship.
6. WILL I BE PAID ANY WAGES WHILE I AM AT TRAINING SCHOOL?
No. You will not be paid any wages while you are at the "Introductory Training" school.
7. WHAT FEES WILL I INCUR?
You will be responsible for purchasing course material. Payments of the course material fees will be collected in three installments as you progress through the Program:
- Payment #1 -- Due at "IT" School
- Payment #2 -- Due after promotion to 3rd period
- Payment #3 -- Due after promotion to 5th period
Also, like most skilled trades, you will be required to have a personal set of tools to use on the job, such as a body belt, climbers and hand tools. We will provide information regarding where you can purchase the tools. Prices vary from $300 and up.
8. WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP LOAN AGREEMENT?
This agreement will require you to repay the ALBAT Program for the cost of your apprenticeship training if you should voluntarily quit or be terminated from your apprenticeship after the 2000-hour probationary period, or if you do not remain employed under a collective bargaining agreement between the IBEW and NECA for at least three years after you complete your apprenticeship training. Appeal rights apply to all apprentices who have entered into the Agreement; the Committee will consider written appeals on an individual basis.
9. WILL I HAVE A JOB AFTER I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE THREE WEEKS OF "INTRODUCTORY TRAINING"?
Applicants are not scheduled for "IT" unless we have a job opportunity for them. Unfortunately, on rare occasions, job opportunities in construction work could change during your training period. If this should occur, you will be assigned to work as soon as an opening is available.
10. WHAT IF I REFUSE THIS OPPORTUNITY OR DO NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE THREE-WEEK TRAINING?
Applicants who refuse this opportunity and do not appear will be rejected for a lack of interest. If you voluntarily quit or are dismissed prior to completing the training, your apprenticeship opportunity will be canceled. However, if you leave school because of an injury, you may receive consideration for an opportunity to return to the school and complete your training, based on the recommendation of your instructors.