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Dec 2, 2020
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IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)

So I have a chance working as an electrical apprentice thanks to a friend's dad. Thing is don't know much about the trades other then that it's not that stable, environment isn't the best, intense training period. I think in 10 years you can maybe start a business. So should I look into this further? I saw a lot knowledge here so I made an account just to ask this.
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Nov 28, 2020
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Go to school for 4 years and be in debt for 20.

Go trades and you are paid to learn. IBEW are paid well with pension and benefit plans. There will be a significant shortage of electricians in a few years as the old timers retire. It will take a while to bring in new apprentices and get them up to speed. This is an ideal time to get in.
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Oct 5, 2009
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Do you know how IBEW works? You could be laid off for 8 months, and only work for 4 months in a calendar year.
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automation wrote: Do you know how IBEW works? You could be laid off for 8 months, and only work for 4 months in a calendar year.
Or you can get into a family business, like the OP, and work full time for 25 years with no layoff.

Heck, even the big guys like State and Plan have a steady, permanent crew. The guys rotating in and out of the hall are usually the guys no one wants.
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Oct 5, 2009
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But, that did happen to a lot of members as far as I know. And you could be dispatched to work far away from your home, and stay overnight in the hotel. Ask yourself, when you get married, is it the life you and your honey want?

Of course, you could be end it up work for TTC, Bruce power as a full time, but the chance is slim.
ChesterCheetoh wrote: Or you can get into a family business, like the OP, and work full time for 25 years with no layoff.

Heck, even the big guys like State and Plan have a steady, permanent crew. The guys rotating in and out of the hall are usually the guys no one wants.
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Will you enjoy working in this trade?
Are you prepared to work in harsh and dangerous environments?

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