How Apprenticeship Works
Apprenticeship is a comprehensive program of career training that combines the necessary classroom-based related study in combination with actual hands-on job skills. The basic premise of Apprenticeship is that the individual apprentice will be learning all of the related theory of his or her career and be able to practice this theory in real-life job experiences.
Apprenticeship is not a new concept. In fact, since the Middle Ages, master craftsmen have used Apprenticeship Programs to pass on, train and teach all of the knowledge and skills necessary for individuals to become highly skilled specialists in their respective trade.
With the advent of the ever-advancing technologies in today's world, the question of how to keep abreast of these advances can only be answered by Apprenticeship.
What Does It Cost?
Individual participants in the IBEW-NECA Program receive a training scholarship that covers all of the tuition. Individuals are responsible for the purchase of required tools, and classroom textbooks as required.
"The union sector has always excelled in craft training through the joint labor / management apprenticeship programs." -The Business Roundtable Construction Cost Effectiveness Task Force.
- Free Education / Classroom Training (approximately 180 hours per year)
- Safe Working Conditions
- Excellent Wage Rates coupled with an ongoing progressive wage scale
- Paid Health Insurance
- Guaranteed Pension Benefits
- Tax free Annuity
- Quality On-the-Job Training
Inside Wireman Electrical Apprenticeship
Electrical apprentices are training in the field and in school to become Journeypersons working in the electrical maintenance and construction industries. The Electrical Apprenticeship Program is a 5-year program where the apprentice attends evening school or day school while learning the hands-on portion of the trade on the job site. The individuals working in the Electrical Trade perform work including but not limited to:
Inside Wiremen install and maintain all raceway, electrical wiring and related systems for distribution of electrical light, heat, power, radio, and signaling above and below ground.
Installation of Solar Photovoltics and Wind Power equipment and systems.
Control installations, new and maintenance, consisting of raceway, wiring methods for energy management systems, HVAC equipment, advanced lighting control, motor control and fire/life safety systems above and below ground.
They work in new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and installations of all conduit and raceway systems, wiring methods above and below ground, on street and highway lighting, traffic signals, and other outdoor installations including trenching and shoring.
They weld, lift substantial loads, climb, crouch, work in confined spaces and at heights.