Pittsburgh Training Program Hosts U.K. Delegation
In December, a group of businessmen, educators, union representatives and investors from the United Kingdom visited the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) complex in Pittsburgh, Pa. The building, located at 5 Hot Metal Street, houses the $4 million Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) facility. The U.K. delegation came to study ways to duplicate the state-of-the-art facility and learn about its degree-based curriculum. They also hope to establish a student exchange program with Pittsburgh.
The $4.6 million annual training budget gives apprentices at the facility hands-on skills training, and each student attends the program free of charge. Through a partnership between the JATC and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), the program also requires every student to earn an associate's degree in electrical construction technology.
Tony Henry, the leader of the group from the United Kingdom, is deputy chief executive officer of the City College of Birmingham in England. "We believe this is the best training facility in the world, in terms of the way curriculum is delivered through state-of-the-art teaching and learning methods," says Henry. …