Experience has demonstrated that the most practical and sound method of preparing workers for employment in skilled occupations is through planned apprenticeship; a training concept that provides for employment and training under actual job conditions supervised by skilled craft workers and at wages commensurate with the Apprentice's skill. In addition, the Apprentice's knowledge and understanding of the occupation is enhanced through participation in approved courses of related and supplemental instruction.
The Sponsor recognizes this need for continuous training to maintain the high level of skill and competence demanded by this industry. Further, recognizing that the responsibility for training rests with those in industry who are the benefactors of a skilled workforce, the Sponsor has formulated and adopted these Apprenticeship Standards for the training of Apprentices in this industry.
To provide administration of apprenticeship and training programs for rural telephone cooperatives and any other subscribing entity related to the telecommunications industry.
To encourage careful selection of persons entering the trade with due regard to health, physical fitness, aptitude, attitudes, and physical characteristics.