The highest scoring applicants will be selected and contacted by email to be tested by March 31 (intake one) or July 31 (intake two). If you have not been contacted by email by those dates, you have not been selected for the program this year. Testing and interview dates cannot be rescheduled.
Once testing is completed, the Apprentice Intake Committee will review both the application and test scores. Only those with the top application and test scores combined, will be contacted by email to be interviewed. Upon a full evaluation of the top combined application, test results, interview results and grand total scores by the Committee, the overall highest scoring applicants will be accepted to the First year Apprenticeship Program as candidates and will be placed on the ‘Available for hire’ list. This list is accessible all year long by ORAC members on the oraca.ca website and by UA Local 787 member contractors by request through the above ‘Contact us’ section.
Governed by the current Collective Agreements, all potential first year apprentices must first apply during the annual intake period, be accepted to this program and be approved by the Apprentice Intake Committee, in order to be hired as a first year apprentice by any signatory UA Local 787 contractor. Candidates on the list will be contacted directly for interviews by the contractors and if selected, must be hired as first year apprentices as per the hiring date noted on their offer letters. Hiring processes as outlined by ORAC and the UA Local 787 must be followed.
Candidates remain on the list for a maximum of two years. After two years, they can request to extend their time on the ‘Available for hire’ list for a period of one year. After two years or after the requested one year extension, candidates must reapply to the program. There is a $50 fee for a one year extension on the ‘Available for hire’ list. Please go to the Contact Us page to request more information.
The first group of highest scoring GTA program applicants will be processed (tested/interviewed) in February and those accepted will be eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of March. The second GTA group will be processed in March and eligible for hire on the list as of the first week of April. Southwestern and Eastern Ontario accepted candidates will be contacted for testing and interviewing in early April and will be eligible for hire on the list by late April and early May. Northern Ontario applicants must apply during the intake period and will be processed on an as needed basis. Applicants being considered for intake two will be processed in July and August.
This process is designed to ensure applicants meet the requirements of the HVACR trade and to provide contractors with a list of highly qualified first year apprentices, available all year long. All applicants must first apply and be accepted to this intake process prior to beginning any employment as a first year apprentice with all ORAC & UA Local 787 member contractors. Please note that completing this process does not guarantee acceptance into the First Year Apprenticeship Program, employment or an apprenticeship. Any false statement made on this application is sufficient grounds for rejection of the application.