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Wyoming Chapter NECA
Apprenticeship Training

To Meet the skilled workforce needs of the electrical contracting industry,
NECA and the IBEW sponsor comprehensive apprenticeship and training
programs for future electrical workers, as well as continuing education and
training programs for journey-level electricians, linemen, and
telecommunication technicians/installers.

Apprenticeship training has been a part of the organized electrical
construction industry since as early as 1891. That year the “National
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers” union adopted a constitution at its first
convention that established an apprentice training system requiring the
apprentice to work for three years under a journeyman’s supervision before
being admitted to membership . The training program was expanded
considerably over the years with the addition of structured course work and
requirements to pass written examinations.

When NECA and the IBEW began to work together in earnest, the program
gained greater effectiveness. In 1941, following passage of the Federal
Apprenticeship Training Ace, joint co-operation produced the National
Apprenticeship Standards for the Electrical Construction Industry. By 1952,
the organizations agreed to appoint a full-time director to administer a training
system that would eventually evolve into the National Joint Apprenticeship
and Training Committee.

Today, more than 300 training centers around the U.S. are jointly operated by
NECA chapter and their corresponding IBEW local unions. Apprenticeship
recruitment efforts are made on a national, regional, and local level, with local
joint apprenticeship committees reviewing program curricula and accepting
applications for apprenticeship. Apprentices are usually “indentured” to
receive the on-the-job portion of their training through employment with local
IBEW-signatory electrical contractors. Apprentices who successfully complete
their training and exams are referred to as “journeymen”.

While the content of apprenticeship programs may vary from area to area, the
curriculum is, for the most part, developed through the National Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee. As the training arm of the organized
electrical construction industry, the NJATC is completely funded by the
IBEW and NECA, without any governmental assistance.

NJATC courses are developed in conjunction with industry experts. Training
partners from electrical manufacturers often assist in preparing the course
material, serving as instructors or providing demonstration equipment for
hands-on learning in JATC classrooms. The apprenticeship programs for
electricians, linemen, and technicians are all multi-year and involve classroom
instruction and extensive on-the-job training. All NJATC programs are
registered with and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of
Apprenticeship and Training (BAT).

Each year, more than 30,000 apprentices undergo IBEW-NECA training.
And each year, more than 50,000 journeymen return to the classroom to
upgrade their skills through courses on telecommunications, fiber optics,
programmable logic controls, safety, the National Electrical Code, and much
more. These numbers make NJATC the world’s largest construction training
organization.

The NJATC is a permanent, on-demand resource for NECA contractors and
their employees. Most of its programs can be brought to local IBEW-NECA
collective bargaining areas where demand warrants. NECA contractors can
also send personnel to the NJATC’s International Training Center in
Knoxville, Tennessee for specialized training as the need arises.

The training center, which was established in-cooperation with the University
of Tennessee, is open year round to provide as-needed training for contractors
and their employees and for the preparation of an outstanding corps of
instructors to deliver NJATC-developed training programs around the
country. It is also the home of the NJATC’s National Training Institute, an
annual event held each summer which offers a trade show combined with
cutting-edge technical training programs for contractors and their key
personnel.

Electrical contracting employees are ht focus of other NECA training
programs, as well. Business, technical, and project management courses are
offered through NECA’s Management Education Institute, www.necamei.org,
in subjects such as electrical project supervision, estimating, productivity, and
succession planning. NECA also publishes materials for employers to use in
their own training programs.

Construction management and engineering skills are highly desirable in today’s
job market. NECA’s student chapters at universities and colleges are also
important in developing the next generation of electrical contractors. Many
NECA contractors offer internships to college students interested in
construction career.

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