The Electric Current Blog
DC Council-member Elissa Silverman toured the NECA-IBEW electrical apprenticeship training facility in Lanham, Maryland on August 28th, as a guest of the Alliance. In addition to learning about the technological aspects inherent in the various disciplines within construction, Ms. Silverman discussed the challenges of recruiting and training people for careers in construction with various trade groups involved.
The Electrical Alliance, in conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26, will participate in Big Build 2018 on Saturday, October 13 at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. from 10 am to 4 pm.
2018 electrical apprenticeship graduates will take their place in high-paying careers within the construction industry as Journeyman electricians.
The Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC), the Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 26 celebrated 174 individuals who graduated to journeyman wireman and technician statuses at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD on Saturday, June 2.
The U.S. Department of Labor established National Apprenticeship Week three years ago as a “National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship”. It gives apprenticeship sponsors, like the Electrical Alliance’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices. The week of events shows the value of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet employers’ needs.
Near the end of 19th century a group of skilled electricians chartered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C. Since 1892, thousands of journeyman electricians have been trained by the union and have worked on countless projects around our region—from remodeling the White House in 1902 to rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Critical data centers are dotted across the DMV region and Washington, D.C. is home to facilities with some of the highest security needs in the world. Installing low voltage—telecommunications, security systems, data/cabling and more—is critical to meeting the demands of the Washington, D.C. construction market. Some Electrical Alliance contractors offer full service solutions that include low voltage while others specialize is this area of the craft.
If you’re one of the many employers who requires the gold standard of BICSI certification, you’ll find the Electrical Alliance has exceptionally qualified workers. Many International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26 members are BISCI certified, thanks in part to free training offered by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Of the nearly 50 training courses that JATC offers each semester in the Washington, D.C., area, four are BICSI certifications.
By Mike Miller, JATC Assistant Director
This year, 27 participants competed in the SkillsUSA residential wiring competition in our area. Fifteen competed in Virginia at the Blue Ridge Technical Center and 12 participants competed at Southern Maryland’s North Point High School. Several JATC instructors acted as judges for the competition.