In recognition of the need for improved safety and employee engagement, ULCS launched its Apprenticeship Program. We understand a formalized apprenticeship program will both attract new employees as well as benefit existing employees by providing better training that will in turn create a safer, more productive workplace with increased engagement.
What: At the start of employment, ULCS employees have the opportunity to enroll in the apprenticeship program. It begins with several different courses, each having its own requirements. Currently, we offer the following apprenticeships:
How: The program is made up of several subjects broken down by year which are referred to as “modules.” Each module comprises a video, text, a test and a Field Performance Requirements (FPR) sign off sheet. The videos, text and test are delivered and evaluated entirely online while the FPRs are verified in the field and approved by a foreperson, general foreperson and/or Regional Safety Supervisor. Typical modules have 30 to 60-minute videos accompanied by a PDF text file, a 20-question multiple choice test and 5 to 10 FPRs that are approved by a supervisor when completed in the field. Once the video and multiple-choice tests are successfully completed, the FPRs can then be performed, documented and approved. Then the module is complete, and you can continue on to the next module within your curriculum.
At the end of each year of progression, the last module test will be administered at an office and the FPR will be signed off by the Regional Manager/Vice President. The apprenticeship program takes four years to complete.
Why: Every individual who pursues a certificate of completion will need to spend a minimum of one year in the program and complete all the required modules. For example, a seasoned lineman with 10 years’ experience will still need to spend at least one year within the program and complete all modules. Nobody will be “grandfathered-in” and receive a certificate.
Interested in joining the Apprenticeship Program?
Contact your General Foreperson or Regional Safety Office to learn how to register.