National Apprenticeship Week Celebrates the Skilled Trades Workforce

by | Nov 17, 2021 | Industry Info

The 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is here and takes place November 15 – 21, 2021.

NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeships for rebuilding our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeships, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as responding to critical supply chain demands and supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, addressing public health issues, and rebuilding our country’s infrastructure.

We partner with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to offer apprenticeships for anyone looking to enter the skilled trades workforce. Our partnership with the IBEW and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is known as the Electrical Training Alliance. The ETA offers structured classroom and online training along with on-the-job training so that you can “Earn While You Learn.” This is specialized training that will prepare you for a career as an electrician. Educational topics offered in our apprenticeship program include safety, electrical codes, best practices, installation skills, theory, tools, material, and equipment.

The Electrical Training Alliance’s goal is to provide the electrical construction industry with the highest trained and skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the ETA develops enhanced national education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today’s global market economy. In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each student is provided with trade-related classroom training that produces confidence and pride that leads to true craftsmanship. Classes with hands-on training are conducted to support classroom lectures and discussions.

Sample Core Curriculum: 

• DC Theory
• AC Theory
• Blueprints
• Safety
• Transformers
• Grounding & Bonding
• Motor Controls
• Audio Visual Systems
• Voice & Data Systems

Career Paths:

• Licensed Electrician
• Safety Manager
• Security Technician
• Video System
• A/V Production
• Estimator
• Project Manager
• Business Owner
• Engineer
• Inspector

As an electrical apprentice, you earn while you learn. During your classroom training, you are placed with a member contractor who will employ you and send you to a job site to learn from veteran electricians. All while getting paid! You graduate with no student debt because tuition is free. You also receive nationally-recognized industry credentials and college credit.

Superintendent Brad Litchfield’s shares here his apprenticeship journey. He is soon to graduate with his Bachelor’s degree.

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