These are answers to FAQ about the FALL 2020 Modified ETAP. For general FAQ, please scroll past this section.
Common Questions about the FALL 2020 Modified ETAP:
Q. How many students will be accepted into the Fall 2020 ETAP?
- With social distancing requirements in place, we can accommodate 12 students.
Q. Why is this program only open to people on the ranked list?
Because of the COVID outbreak, we were not going to hold a pre-app at all this year and canceled the summer program which did not have the added requirement of being on the ranked list.
Because the program is grant-funded we did not want to lose that funding so we decided to hold a very small, modified pre-apprenticeship that would allow us to maintain social distancing guidelines and reduce the need for the public to enter our building which is closed to the public.
The bulk of the pre-apprenticeship has been math review for preparation for the required Electrical Training Alliance aptitude test, and our math teacher is unavailable in the fall. If someone is on our ranked list it means that they have already passed the aptitude test and do not need that prep.
Q. I have applied to and qualified for the Inside Electrician and/or Limited Energy program in the past. Do I need to turn in my qualifying transcripts again for the modified Fall 2020 ETAP?
- No. You have met the minimum qualifications and we have your transcripts on file.
Q. Will there be a Summer 2021 ETAP that has not been modified to include the ranked list requirement?
- The US Department of Labor has grant funding available through August 2021. It is possible that we will hold a 2021 ETAP in the summer, but because of the uncertainty of the times, we advise that you monitor the website for future developments.
Q. What wages will be paid for the on-the-job experience?
- Pay-period 1 wages will be paid dependent on which program the pre-apprentice earns entry into. The current pay-period 1 wage for Inside Electrician is $19.14/hr and the current pay-period 1 wage for Limited Energy Technician is $19.44/hr.
Q. What steps are the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center has established recommended protocols to help prevent the spread of infection. This includes health surveys, hand-hygiene practice, the wearing of face coverings or masks, reduced class size to maintain distancing guidelines, and classroom/lab/tool sterilization practices. For information on jobsite protocols please visit the IBEW Local 48 website: www.ibew48.com/covid-19-coronavirus-updates
Q. Why is the pre-apprenticeship only open to certain demographics?
- The pre-apprenticeship is made possible through a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor whose goals are to address the unique needs of the American workforce and population. The demographics served have been historically under-represented within the electrical industry. Our population is becoming increasingly diverse and we are facing a shortage of workers in our industry.
Q. I meet the ranked list requirements. How do I qualify as a low-income applicant?
- See US Department of Health and Human Services. To prove your gross annual income, submit one of these items:- Current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub (at least 3 most recent consecutive months)
– 2018 state, federal, or Tribal tax return
– Unemployment or Worker’s Compensation statement of benefits
– Federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
– See US Department of Health and Human Services.
Q. I meet the ranked list requirements. How do I qualify as a disability applicant?
- Please submit signed documentation from medical provider of disability and necessary accommodation. This documentation must be dated within 5 years.
The following FAQ apply to our standard, non-modified ETAP program:
Q. I am 17 years old but meet all other eligibility requirements – may I still apply?
- You must be 18 years or older by August 14, 2020 so that you can begin work.
Q. I am a High School senior and will be graduating in June but will not have my diploma by the application deadline. What can I do?
- Please submit a letter from your school indicating that you are on track to graduate from High School with at least a 2.0 GPA and a full year of Algebra with a C or better. The completed transcript will be required at the time of your interview.