Training & Education
For more than 70 years, IBEW/NECA has invested in training a diverse workforce to proficiently deliver ever-evolving complex electrical and communications needs – all at no taxpayer expense.
When launched in 1941, the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis was the nation’s first registered electrical training program. Since then, it has trained more electricians and communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. The five-year, 10,000-hour training program is a time-tested model that includes:
- A high-tech, career-building education that is not only free of charge and requires no taxpayer expense, but allows apprentices to begin earning a living while they learn, including health and welfare benefits.
- A mentoring program pairing skilled electricians/communication technicians with apprentices. It helps the training center sustain a 90+ percent graduation rate.
- Effective outreach to ensure the training center’s excellent programs are available to all who are committed to a career in the electrical/communications industry. Over the past five years, 30% of apprentices accepted to the program have been minorities.
- A 78-course curriculum producing pacesetting skills and safety essential for advanced manufacturing, the digital age, cybersecurity, voice/date/video, renewable and traditional forms of energy.
- Continuing education – free of charge – to advance career goals. In addition, the training center partners with area colleges to build a pathway to associate degrees.
In all, the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership invests $3 million annually in training. Every year, more than 400 apprentices are enrolled in four separate programs registered with U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, more than 700 skilled journey workers engaged in continuing education courses annually.
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