The NECA/IBEW Powering America team is very interested in recruiting a skilled and productive workforce of tomorrow. They know there are talented people out there, and they’re going after them.
Some evidence of the NECA/IBEW Powering America team’s recruiting efforts was on display at a recent NECA trade show convention in Philadelphia. More than 2,500 apprentices gathered to hear from the national leadership on what it means to be a part of the NECA/IBEW partnership.
David Long, President, National Electrical Contractors Association, said, “When I looked out at all these apprentices, it gave me a warm feeling that the future is bright. We understand these men and women are going to be out not only driving our services trucks and working on construction jobs, but also on our management and union leadership ranks. We’re in great hands.”
Seeing more than 2,500 local area apprentices is impressive, yet it represents just a small percentage of the apprentices coming into the ranks nation-wide. This is due directly to ramped up recruiting efforts by the Powering America team. They started taking their message to potential new craftsmen and women on social media, and they’re launching video campaigns from coast to coast.
Lonnie Stephenson, President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said, “There’s so many opportunities today. If they get experience, move into foreman or general foreman, or go the union route and get active in their local union, the sky is the limit.”
The apprenticeship school is known as the Electrical Training Alliance, and features 285 facilities nationwide. They all teach the same curriculum to more than 40,000 apprentices, 10,000 of which are new hires this year alone. 70,000 of the journeymen are also currently enrolled in either continuing an education or a skills upgrade classes. This is all funded to the tune of $300 million annually. This is money invested by the NECA/IBEW Powering America team, without a penny of government help or taxpayer dollar. The customers have the comfort of knowing the NECA/IBEW Powering America team takes it upon themselves to invest the best, regardless of the job or location.
David Long President, National Electrical Contractors Association said, “Our jobs have to be successful. Our future starts in the first year apprenticeship class. We’ve got to continue to drive our numbers. It’s our goal to have our apprenticeship numbers up to 75,000 by 2025.”
The NECA/IBEW Powering America team is all about building, from their cities and towns, they’re invested in building a workforce of tomorrow.