The electrical training ALLIANCE's goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the electrical training ALLIANCE develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today's global market economy.
In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade-related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. Quite often, local training committees provide special classes with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.
HOW CAN I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?
The three areas of electrical work share common skills and knowledge, but each requires specific skills and knowledge in their chosen area. Therefore, each type of work has different apprenticeship programs associated with it. Basic requirements for becoming an apprentice in any of the programs are similar. The following requirements are typical for individuals applying to be accepted into an IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) or IBEW/NECA Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJATC).
- Minimum age 18 (at the time of final application)
- High School Diploma or GED
- One Year of High School Algebra
- Qualifying Score on an Aptitude Test (administered after an application has been made)
- Drug Free
Each local JATC or AJATC may have additional requirements specific to the geographical area. Applications must be made to the training center in your area.
Pros of an APPRENTICESHIP:
As you’ve read, the best way into a construction trade is through a certified, reputable apprenticeship. Besides a little or no cost education (which means ZERO DEBT for the apprentice), apprenticeships offer a look into the day to day work you’ll be doing in your trade. Below is a list of just a few of the numerous benefits of training through an apprenticeship:
- Learn the trade while you earn a living: Apprenticeships enable you to start working and earn a decent, living wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualifications that future employers want. As your skills progress, so will your pay. This not only helps out your bank account, but also helps keep you actively engaged in your apprenticeship.
- Never get bored: Because your education doesn't end after your apprenticeship, you’ll continually have the opportunity to learn new and exciting things and advance your career. That also means your pay scale will most likely increase as well. The more knowledge you have, the better the paycheck.
- Support: One of the largest advantages of getting the qualifications you need in your field, while being able to put the skills you learn into practise at the same time, is that someone will always be on-hand to show you how things are done. If you have any questions about techniques, terminology or anything related to the industry, you can instantly ask your mentors, co-workers, or managers.
That support doesn't end once you're off the job site, either. You’ll be able to work with the men and women in your trade to negotiate contracts with your employers to determine the terms of employment including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, and much more.
- Varied learning, lots of experience: Apprenticeships offer a varied learning experience. You won’t have to spend all of your days studying; most of the time you’ll be working in the field. You will also have classroom time, but your days will not be spent staring at four walls and a white board.
- Confidence: Being new to any job is stressful and, on your first day, it’s hard to feel confident in your skills and ability. In an apprenticeship, everyone is on the same page. Whether you're on a jobsite or in the classroom, everyone understands that you’re there to learn. You can feel confident and ready for your apprenticeship as long as you’re prepared to work hard and learn.
- Good career prospects: Your apprenticeship will be very rewarding, even if at times it may seem demanding. Once you have finished your apprenticeship, you'll have a world of options open to you. Being able to show that you've got industry experience plus qualifications will give you a huge advantage in your trade.