Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Careers in the Electrical Construction Industry. (in the News & Calendar)

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Careers in the Electrical Construction Industry. (in the News & Calendar)

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The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have begun an unprecedented recruiting campaign in every high school in the country in an attempt to battle a critical shortage of professional electrical and technical workers. NECA and 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 maps, 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.

The 3- to 5-year apprenticeships offer high school grads competitive pay and benefits while participants receive extensive on-the-job training and the opportunity to earn college credits. NJATC apprentices typically earn between $80,000 and $150,000 over their full training period. …

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