David Long, NECA CEO, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s newly reinstated Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. The members of this committee provide advice and recommendations on issues related to Registered Apprenticeship.
The advisory committee will also promote greater awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship, foster increased alignment between apprenticeship opportunities and workforce and education systems, expand apprenticeship into new industries and occupations and ensure equity for under-represented populations.
Long joins 28 other members representing employers, labor management organizations, community colleges, and other institutions. The relaunch of the Committee was announced by President Biden in February 2021, and Long will represent NECA as the voice of the $171 billion electrical construction industry.
“I would like to thank Secretary Marty Walsh and the Department of Labor for the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. I am honored to represent the electrical construction industry and join this established group of employers, labor representatives, and other experts from around the country,” said NECA CEO David Long. “I began my career as a NECA-IBEW apprentice many decades ago, so I know firsthand how apprenticeships can lead to a meaningful, rewarding, and successful career. We must work together to develop new strategies and approaches to ensure a more widespread awareness of these opportunities.”
“The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship represents the combined expertise of leaders across industry and workforce sectors,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Their collective voices will inspire innovative apprenticeship and training strategies to boost our economy and build an equitable workforce by delivering a system that is better to aligned with the needs of historically marginalized communities.”
As a member of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, Long will serve a two-year term. The first meeting of the committee takes place on Oct. 6, and all meetings are open to the public.