IS THE TRAINING FREE:
Most of the costs of the training program are paid for by the industry. In fact, NECA-IBEW employers invest nearly $100 million each year to provide state-of-the-art training. You may have to pay some fees, buy some books, and provide yourself with certain "tools of the trade," but in return, you will get a tremendous career education valued at tens of thousands of dollars.
WILL YOUR SKILLS ALWAYS BE NEEDED?
Absolutely. The electrical and information systems industry is large and growing. And thanks to many trends, that growth is going to continue. Houses have increased electrical needs and are becoming
more reliant, on complex "smart house" technologies. Businesses too ore adding -new technologies to compete in the world of "e-commerce. "Commercial construction (building new offices, schools, and stores, or upgrading existing ones) is expected to continue at high levels to meet growing demand. Computer chip manufacturers, as well as manufacturers in older, established industries like cars or furniture, rely on clean electricity to power their plants and modern, computerized systems to control their production lines. The electrical power "grid" that brings electricity from the generating station to our homes and businesses must be updated to meet this increased demand. And, of course, there is the Internet - creating needs for fiber optic networks to link all our homes and businesses, large and small. New technologies are always coming on line - new technologies that only qualified professionals will be able to install properly. To make sure that you are always prepared to install those new technologies, the industry also offers continuing update training.
HOW DO YOU GET COLLEGE CREDITS?
All four of our apprenticeship programs hove been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE) for the awarding of college credits. These credits can be applied toward on associate's degree at many community colleges across the country. In addition, we are working on several enhancements that will allow these credits to be applied to a four-year college degree as well!
WHAT CAREER PATHS ARE OPEN TO YOU?
We offer four different apprenticeships. After you finish your apprenticeship, you will be a qualified professional and can enjoy a long and rewarding career. But if you want, there are dozens of additional careers you con pursue -from technical to managerial to entrepreneurial.