Union Electrical Apprenticeship Programs in America get a Boost from Schneider Electric in Materials and Funding
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Top-of-the-line training is the single biggest reason that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and its management allies in the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) consistently provide excellent work, keeping customers returning year after year.
Maintaining the high quality of this training requires the right equipment for students, and through a special Platinum Sponsorship program, manufacturers get the opportunity to have students from coast to coast be exposed to their equipment early on in their educational development. That only makes the soon-to-be journeymen electricians' or technicians' apprenticeship that much more valuable on the job to the people who matter most: owners.
Schneider Electric is one of NECA and the IBEW's Platinum Sponsors taking advantage of this unique industry alliance.
The NECA/IBEW training arm, the NJATC, constantly looks at ways to improve its curriculum--this is just another way they're evolving to meet the market. A mix of classroom instruction and online "blended learning," where future electrical workers complete some of the class work and lectures via the internet, allows increased time for hands-on experience in labs to work with actual equipment, such as Schneider Electric's Square D load centers.
In this edition of "Industry Today," get an up-close look into Schneider Electric's manufacturing facility in Lexington, Kentucky. You'll see the process of how the Square D load centers are manufactured, starting from rolls of galvanized steel through the final packing process to ship the units worldwide.
ABOUT NECA: The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, has provided more than a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA's national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.
ABOUT THE IBEW: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, represents approximately 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.
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