16. What is the JAC?As an applicant, you will be working with the JAC throughout the apprenticeship application process. And if you are selected as an apprentice, you will also be working with the JAC during the course of your apprenticeship.It is therefore to your advantage, to have a good understanding of what the JAC consists of, its intended mission and just how it operates.The Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), or as it is sometimes referred to the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), is a trade based organization that consists of an equal number of representatives from labor (the union) and management (the contractors).In accordance with state and federal regulations, the JAC implements the apprenticeship program within its jurisdiction. The extent of their authority usually involves determining the frequency and quantity of open apprenticeship positions that are available.The JAC is responsible for establishing the minimum eligibility requirements for application to the program. It determines the nature of all related technical instruction and the required amount of time in class that the apprentice must complete. The JAC is also responsible for determining the nature and validity of related on-the-job training.Since an apprentice is not yet a full fledged union member, any grievances or job related disputes between the apprentice and the employer or instructor are usually handled by the JAC.The JAC is responsible for approving or denying the apprentice's progression from one level to the next, usually taking place in six month intervals. The JAC is responsible for determining whether or not the apprentice merits a wage increase. And the JAC retains the right to expel an apprentice from the program if his work and/or school performance are not up to acceptable standards.17. What are the advantages of going through a JAC sponsored training program?There are many advantages that a JAC program has over other vocational training programs, the most important of which concern:COST: A JAC program usually costs apprentices nothing. There may be some related expenses for supplies and materials, but the costs are usually minimal.ON THE JOB TRAINING: Apprentices in a JAC program usually enjoy relatively high wages and excellent fringe benefits while gaining valuable experience on the job.QUALITY TRAINING: Most JAC programs are well coordinated both at the national and local level. Most of these programs have been tried and tested over the years. Many of the instructors involved with the program are journeymen with years of hands-on experience in their trade.STATE CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of a JAC program, the apprentice is issued a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF APPRENTICESHIP by the state. He is recognized by the state as a full fledged journeyman.