Hello! My name is Rebekah Stuckless and I am a 22 year old 3rd term Electrician Apprentice/Electrical & Control Technician at Darlington Nuclear Power Plant. As an apprentice, my schooling is a little bit different from your typical college or university route.
Initially, I got into my skilled trade by taking a Pre-Apprentice Program at Georgian College, Owen Sound in 2020-2021. My trade consists of 8160 working hours which is divided into 5 terms with 3 levels of schooling. The program that I took was an extended first term schooling for the 309A trade which lasted 7 months with a 3 month probationary period at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station(Bruce Power).
Within the program I gained welding certifications and the basic electrical knowledge needed for an excellent start. After its completion, I became a full member of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers who hold the training agreement for my apprenticeship.Two years later, I have worked in 3 different areas as an apprentice, in and out of the nuclear industry.
I have currently completed 2 terms of working hours and 1 level of trades school, about half way there!