NECA’s Labor Relations staff have recently attended very important gatherings that directly affect the industry’s effort to attract, recruit, and retain the current and future electrical construction industry workforce.
To identify and develop strategic partnerships with external organizations and stakeholders, we have forged meaningful relationships with the senior leadership of the ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education), the ASCA (American School Counselor Association), and the NASCLA (National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies).
All these groups (and many more) have local chapters in some form, and they would all love to hear our elevator speech (earn while you learn, great benefits, industry leading training, etc) and once you have them hooked, you can delve into the multitude of career opportunities that lie ahead. Our apprenticeship programs have produced many great leaders in our industry, and the sky's the limit for those willing to work hard and strive for excellence.
With the growing awareness amongst parents and school leaders of skyrocketing costs of college (and unrivaled debt), the tough job market upon graduation, and the real opportunities a career in the trades presents, now is the time to get in front of local schools to sell our message. Career days are a perfect opportunity to do just that. All schools (elementary, middle and high school, community college) will welcome your offer to share what you are doing in the real world, and what doors can be unlocked by joining the industry. As the Director of the ASCA stated to Kevin Tighe, Executive Director of Workforce Development at the annual ACTE Conference last week, “You have an inspiring message, and our members would love to hear it!”.
When delivered, our message is truly well received by both parents and professional educators. Now we must deliver it! Go visit your schools. Start with the principal and work your way down. Let them see your passion. And make recruiting a part of every conversation, every day.
Remembering Edwin D. Hill
NECA joins the organized electrical construction industry in mourning the passing of IBEW International President Emeritus Edwin D. Hill. Mr. Hill passed away Saturday at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Ed Hill began his career in the electrical industry in 1956. He became an active member of Local Union 712 in Beaver, Pennsylvania and made the growth of the industry and the IBEW his calling. From his apprenticeship through his tenure as International President and even after his retirement in 2015, he worked to improve his industry and union.
Respected on the national stage as well as in his Western Pennsylvania home, he was a dynamic leader of the IBEW and an effective partner with NECA in responding to the changes being thrust upon our industry. He was responsible for many initiatives that have contributed much to the health of the organized electrical construction industry today. Hill honored the past while embracing the future and recognizing the need to prepare, rather than simply react. The innovations he championed continue to affect and improve the lives of the union members and the contractors that he sought to serve during his more than 60 years in the industry.
NECA has lost a friend and true partner.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family during this difficult time.
Viewing will be at Local Union 712 per President Hill’s request:
Edwin D. Hill Complex
217 Sassafras Lane
Beaver, PA 15009
- Wednesday, December 5, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday, December 6, 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Funeral Mass Friday at 11:00 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Church
200 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009