Toledo Electrical JATC
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    Jan 05, 2020

    The Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee was founded in 1937 after the National Apprenticeship Act became law in 1935. It was one of the first in the state of Ohio to be registered with the Department of Labor. It not only complies with the National Apprenticeship Act but also a law referred to as Taft/Hartley. Taft/ Hartley was a law written by politicians who feared that joint labor/management funds would allow treasure chests to be created for political purposes. It was passed by a republican controlled Senate and House of Representatives, but vetoed by then President, Harry S. Truman. The senate was able to override President Truman’s veto by a two thirds vote and has since been law. This is why there are equal number of labor and management trustees appointed in a very structured manner to the Joint Training Trust. The training trust can only be used to benefit the participants, who contribute to the trust. The contributions are collected based on the gross productive payroll of the crafts people performing the work and then distributed to the training trust for training. The training trust is also responsible for creating and training an adequate workforce for the geographical region of which it represents.

                    The number of crafts people employed by signatory contractors have grown from about six hundred in the 1960’s to about twenty three hundred today. The number of applicants applying for the inside apprenticeship program have decreased from two thousand in 1970 to two hundred nine in 2015. We now have three different apprenticeship programs: Inside Apprenticeship, Residential Apprenticeship and Telecommunications Apprenticeship with a total of three hundred twenty one applying for all three programs in 2015. The residential trainee program which was started in 1978 as a two year program has been extended to be a registered four year apprenticeship and the telecommunication apprenticeship was the first to be registered the state of Ohio in 1998. The technical related instruction has changed significantly evolving from what some would describe as a correspondence course to a highly technical Learning Management System supported on the internet by a secured website. Hands on activities are also an integral part of the curriculum today whereas in the past there were no hands on activities in class, it was all done on the job by journeypersons. Today apprentices and journeypersons earn as much as sixty eight semester hours of credit toward and Associate Degree in Applied Science with an Electrical Major. Before 1986 apprentices did not earn any college credit. Apprentices in the past attended classes during the evening after working all day and today they attend classes during the day without the fatigue of working, which leads to a more conducive learning experience.

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