Electrical Construction Industry Takes Recruitment Campaign To Every High School in U.S.

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from NECA-IBEW National Labor Management Cooperation Committee

    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To battle a critical shortage of
 professional electrical and technical workers, the organized electrical
 construction industry is taking aim at every high school in the country with
 an unprecedented recruiting campaign.
     "Although most young people today are wired into high tech, too few are
 exploring the technical side of electrical and electronic careers," says John
 M. Grau, chief executive officer of the National Electrical Contractors
 Association (NECA).  "The U.S. desperately needs skilled electrical and
 technical workers to equip buildings for the technology age.  Students and
 guidance counselors need to take a closer look at these promising careers
 outside the traditional four-year college track."
     To start, NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 (IBEW) have blanketed 30,000 high school and vocational guidance counselors
 with "Career Action Kits" detailing the high-paying jobs and outstanding
 training opportunities available through their National Joint Apprenticeship
 and Training Committee (NJATC) apprenticeships in electrical construction.
     The kits contain career map posters, brochures, background materials, and
 two interactive CD-ROMs.  One CD-ROM covers the specifics of four different
 NJATC apprenticeships; the other catalogues 59 different occupations in the
 electrical and high-tech cabling industry.
     NJATC apprentices typically earn $80,000-$150,000 over their training
 period.  Upon graduation, they can expect to enter the job market earning
 $50,000-$70,000 a year, depending on their specialty and location.
     Over the next decade, NECA-IBEW officials estimate they need 100,000
 additional electrical and IT system installers to meet the wiring and cabling
 needs of business and industry.
     "The demand for electrical and IT professionals will be red hot for years
 to come," says Hill.  "Add that to the income, college credits and training
 benefits of an NJATC apprenticeship, and you've got a winning recipe for a
 well-paying professional career."
 
 

SOURCE NECA-IBEW National Labor Management Cooperation Committee
    NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To battle a critical shortage of
 professional electrical and technical workers, the organized electrical
 construction industry is taking aim at every high school in the country with
 an unprecedented recruiting campaign.
     "Although most young people today are wired into high tech, too few are
 exploring the technical side of electrical and electronic careers," says John
 M. Grau, chief executive officer of the National Electrical Contractors
 Association (NECA).  "The U.S. desperately needs skilled electrical and
 technical workers to equip buildings for the technology age.  Students and
 guidance counselors need to take a closer look at these promising careers
 outside the traditional four-year college track."
     To start, NECA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
 (IBEW) have blanketed 30,000 high school and vocational guidance counselors
 with "Career Action Kits" detailing the high-paying jobs and outstanding
 training opportunities available through their National Joint Apprenticeship
 and Training Committee (NJATC) apprenticeships in electrical construction.
     The kits contain career map posters, brochures, background materials, and
 two interactive CD-ROMs.  One CD-ROM covers the specifics of four different
 NJATC apprenticeships; the other catalogues 59 different occupations in the
 electrical and high-tech cabling industry.
     NJATC apprentices typically earn $80,000-$150,000 over their training
 period.  Upon graduation, they can expect to enter the job market earning
 $50,000-$70,000 a year, depending on their specialty and location.
     Over the next decade, NECA-IBEW officials estimate they need 100,000
 additional electrical and IT system installers to meet the wiring and cabling
 needs of business and industry.
     "The demand for electrical and IT professionals will be red hot for years
 to come," says Hill.  "Add that to the income, college credits and training
 benefits of an NJATC apprenticeship, and you've got a winning recipe for a
 well-paying professional career."
 
 SOURCE  NECA-IBEW National Labor Management Cooperation Committee