For the electrical construction industry, as National Electrical Contractors Association members know firsthand, building and maintaining a skilled workforce must include apprenticeship.
Several pertinent items of interest have been in the news recently. One specifically focuses on the importance of training young electricians and work being done by a union in Pennsylvania.
Delaware County Daily Times reporter Kathleen E. Carey interviewed Michael Garvey, an IBEW journeyman and instructor, as well as IBEW 654 President Bill Adams and several apprentices. The article can be viewed here (www.delcotimes.com/business/20170326/ibew-trains-young-electricians-for-a-lifes-career).
“This is just a better opportunity,” Fred Ries of Springfield, a Marine reservist who’s in his second year in the IBEW apprentice program, told the newspaper. “You get more training and you’re working with better electricians, guys who have been through the training already and know the ins and outs. You come to school at night, but you’re also learning while you’re at work with guys who have already been through the program.”
An informative video from the Electrical Alliance that looks at the high quality of that work produced by contractors in the area. This level of quality is made possible by employing a workforce of highly-skilled electricians, trained at the JATC in Washington, DC.
The video can be viewed here (www.electricalalliance.org/a-skilled-workforce-starts-with-apprenticeship).
The Electrical Alliance is a cooperative effort between electrical contractors and skilled craftsmen designed to provide quality products and services to customers and set the standard for efficiency and productivity within the electrical industry. It is jointly sponsored by the NECA and IBEW Local 26.
For more information on the Electrical Alliance, go to www.electricalalliance.org. To learn about careers in electrical contracting, visit www.necanet.org/professional-development/careers-in-electrical-contracting.