We do not hand out applications year round, only when the JATC determines a need. Once the JATC has determined application process will be open, you may come into the main office to pick one up or call and one will be mailed to you. Check the website at the end of each month to see if application process will be opened up in the upcoming month. The duration in which the applications will be available is normally 2-4 weeks. It is important to return your completed application in a timely manner.
Along with your completed application you will need to turn in proof of your age; a copy of your driver’s license, birth certificate, passport or other government issued ID and a copy of your high school diploma and transcripts or GED and test scores. These documents are MANDATORY.
The JATC also likes to see at least three letters of recommendation. They can be from anyone such as current employer, former employers, instructors/teachers or Local Union members. In addition to the above documents, copies of anything that will make you stand out from the other people applying such as awards, certificates or licenses, even if they are not in our trade, are beneficial. Even if you think they are insignificant, bring them in!
Once you turn in your application with all the mandatory documents you will be scheduled for an interview with the JATC. When a time and date for the interview has been set you will be notified by Certified Mail approximately two weeks before the interview date. If your contact information has changed, be sure to contact the training center to keep your information correct in our system.
Based on your application and your interview with the JATC, you will be given a score between 0 and 100 and merged into the Ranking List according to your score. When a contractor is in need of a first period apprentice we begin calling applicants starting with number one on the list. Once you receive a call letting you know there is a job for you and you accept the job is when you will officially begin your apprenticeship. Typically apprentices work during the day and attend school two evenings a week. If after two years you have not received a call to go to work your name will be removed from the Ranking List and you must reapply.
Please keep in mind that we cover the entire state of New Mexico and nine counties in the El Paso, Texas area, so there is always the chance that you will be called for work that is not near your home. Also, applicants that refuse job calls or do not show up to be indentured after accepting a call will be removed from the Ranking List.