Electrical apprenticeships provide aspiring electricians with on-the-job skills and knowledge under the direction of an experienced professional. Apprenticeship programs are designed to have students work and go to school at the same time, allowing them to make a living, learn valuable on-the-job experience, and complete the education requirements needed to become a licensed electrician.
Apprenticeship programs are offered by local unions and their affiliates, as well as non-union contractors. The programs normally take four years, and include 144 hours of class time and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training each year. By joining an apprenticeship, you “earn as you learn” through on-the-job training (OJT). You’ll also receive hands-on training in a classroom environment similar to daily work situations.
One of the more well-known apprenticeships is a joint training program between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). NECA sponsors over 300 joint training apprenticeship programs. This joint program in particular is referred to as the Electrical Training Alliance (previously called JATC).
The Electrical Training Alliance blends classroom and online learning to improve the experience for all IBEW apprenticeships. The electrical apprenticeship training programs offer students the opportunity to learn the skills needed for a trade that is both challenging and rewarding. Students will use their minds and physical skills, to complete work in a variety of settings with the constant opportunity to learn something new.