Training Day: From Apprentice to Journeyman

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the electrician trade is expected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024 – which means nearly 86,000 new jobs. As the industry grows, proper training and skills development for professionals in the field is critical, which is why NECA and IBEW are making a significant investment in joint apprentice and training programs. These programs are gaining attention for the opportunity and value they offer. In fact, Local 654’s Upper Chichester training facility was recently featured in the Delaware County Daily Times for training the skilled workforce of tomorrow.

The NECA-IBEW Local 654 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) offers a quality apprenticeship program with more than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, 900 hours of classroom and lab training, and competitive salaries – allowing program participants to earn a paycheck while learning valuable skills. The five-year, state-approved program is fully funded by IBEW members.

“This program gives you such a head start,” Michael Garvey, an IBEW journeyman and instructor, told the Delaware County Daily Times. “I went through this program and I graduated with not one cent of debt – on top of making money.”

Fred Ries, a Marine reservist in his second year in the IBEW apprentice program, said, “This is just a better opportunity. 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.”

Applicants who meet the basic requirements of the apprenticeship program are interviewed and selected by the committee. The apprenticeship is complete with:

  • Compensation and long-term benefits
  • Hands-on experience
  • Job placement assistance from the union
  • Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Training

Learn more about how NECA and IBEW are training young electricians for a life’s career.