Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (NWENWEJATC)
To provide the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet customer needs and ensure job satisfaction for electrical workers, the IBEW and NECA have teamed up to sponsor the most rigorous and respected apprenticeship training programs.
The Electrical Training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created over 70 years ago as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.
Over the years, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has continually trained the best craftsperson in the industry without cost to the taxpayers. Students in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE training programs earn while they learn by doing apprenticeships. Not only does this allow students to earn an income while in school, it also creates new tax revenue for the economy. Each year, participants in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE programs pay in excess of six hundred million dollars in taxes. This is truly a model program as it takes little to nothing from the taxpayers while training some of the most productive workers in the world who thereby pay tremendous dollars to the country. The Electrical Training ALLIANCE developed uniform standards that are adopted and used nationwide to select and train thousands of qualified men and women each year.
On September 1, 1945 the State of Washington approved Standards of Apprenticeship for the NWEJATC. These Standards provide the legal framework by which the apprenticeship training program operates, setting forth the rights and responsibilities of the program and the apprentices that it trains. Over the years the program has grown with the population of the area and with mergers of Local Unions. There are currently over 200 apprentices being trained in the program in an area covering over 1/4 of the State of Washington.
The training functions of the NWEJATC are controlled by a Committee made up of six members: three representing labor, who are designated by the Local Union and three representing management, who are designated by the NECA Chapter. The financial matters of the program are controlled by a Board of Trustees, made up of the same individuals who serve as NWEJATC Committee members. Click here to view committees.
In addition to training apprentices, the NWEJATC offers training to journey-level electrical workers in various subjects such as electrical code, theory and applications. Licensed journeyman electricians are required to engage in continuing education at their trade in order to maintain their licenses and offer such training to well over 1,000 journeymen each year.
The training program is funded by employer-paid hourly payroll contributions, some of which were given by the employees during contract negotiations. The Washington State Community and Technical College system also funds a portion of the apprentice training. There is no cost for the training for apprentices or other IBEW construction members, other than the purchase of books.
Most of the training is done at the NWEJATC training center in Mount Vernon, with various classes held on weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. Journeyman classes are also held at the IBEW #191 offices in Everett, the Wenatchee Labor Temple and Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
HOW APPRENTICESHIP WORKS
Apprenticeship, the "original four year degree", has been used around the world for centuries as a means of training skilled craft persons. It is an "earn while you learn" program where you are paid to learn a trade or occupation. Apprenticeship combines paid work experience working for employers under the supervision of journey-level workers, known as On the Job Training (OJT) combined with classroom training dealing with the technical details of the occupation, known as Related Supplemental Instruction (RSI).
Apprentices are paid a percentage of the journey-level wage rate based on how many hours of OJT and RSI that they have completed. Each increase in progression brings an automatic increase in wages. Additionally, most apprenticeable occupations also provide guaranteed health and retirement benefits. Union building trades apprentices generally receive the same rate of pay and contributions into the same health and retirement programs at every employer that they work for - they are always covered by the same benefit plans as they change jobs.
There are apprenticeships available for many different occupations, including all of the Building and Construction Trades. In Washington State, apprenticeships are regulated by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, which sets the administrative rules, and approves the Standards of Apprenticeship, of apprenticeship programs. These Standards provide the legal framework by which the apprenticeship training programs operate, setting forth the rights and responsibilities of the programs and the apprentices that they train, and are registered with the Apprenticeship Section of the Department of Labor & Industries. They have a website which provides information for students, parents and educators on apprenticeship and the various apprenticeship programs in Washington State.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association jointly sponsor apprenticeships for several occupations across the United States. Click here for more information on these programs and training locations.
Electrical apprenticeship can be a stepping stone into a wide variety of careers in the electrical industry. Students, parents and career counselors can visit electrifyingcareers.com for more information.
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Visit the NWEJATC website for more information: https://www.nwejatc.org/program.php