WASHINGTON, November 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is proud to celebrate this year’s annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which is held November 14-20. The US Department of Labor (DOL) developed this important event to highlight the importance of recorded learning to industries, job seekers and communities.
NAW is an opportunity to focus on how recorded learning provides a critical talent pool that can help address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges. Challenges such as providing good jobs, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, meeting critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, and modernizing our cybersecurity.
“There is nothing more important to securing the future of our industry than promoting apprenticeship programs,” said David Long, CEO of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). “Focusing on opportunities to produce the next generation of leaders and skilled workers in the electrical construction industry will play a huge role in overcoming today’s workforce challenges.”
The Electrical Training ALLIANCE, NECA’s joint training program with the IBEW, has trained more than 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs, developing the best electricians in the industry. Four decades ago, when he began his apprenticeship in electrical construction, Mr. Long could not imagine the career and friendships it would afford him today. This success is what NECA is trying to provide future electrical contractors today. “I know firsthand that this industry is a wonderful avenue to provide people across America with more than just a job, but a career of fulfillment and security,” Mr. Long said.
NAW 2022 also celebrates the 85th anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act which established the modern apprenticeship system that exists today to meet the talent needs of the industry while protecting the safety and well-being of workers. apprentices. For more information about the ELECTRICAL TRAINING ALLIANCE, visit www.electricaltrainingalliance.org.
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NECA is the voice of $202 billion the electrical construction industry that brings power, light and communication technologies to buildings and communities across North America. NECA’s national office and 118 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. Go to www.necanet.org for more information.
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