19 Successfully Graduate Electrical Apprenticeship Program from IBEW
(Albuquerque) – An electrical apprenticeship program that took place over 5 years is set to hold graduation for 19 individuals who successfully completing the program. This registered apprenticeship program is offered by the New Mexico Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The program has been approved by the New Mexico Apprenticeship Office that is housed within the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place today, Saturday, August 17, 2019.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Local Union 611 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) jointly sponsor the training programs that offer apprentices the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while they learn the skills needed to be successful in the electrical industry. Upon graduation the apprentice’s will become journeyman and be eligible to receive higher wages.
“We feel the IBEW has the best trained journey persons in the electrical industry and are proud we have a part in the training of those members,” said NMJATC Director Charles Humiston.
Recognition will be given during graduation to eight apprentices’ who had perfect class attendance throughout the program. Each year JATC holds a contest for the 5th year apprentices, the winner of the local contest goes on to a district contest to compete with apprentices from five states and 25 programs. Their outstanding apprentice Justin Arnold, won the district contest this year and will be recognized for the achievement.
“The department congratulates each apprentice on their achievement and dedication to developing their skills right here in New Mexico,” said NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley. “As the agency in charge of workforce pathways in the state, we are working to fulfill Governor Lujan Grisham’s vision of a workforce plan that assures businesses they can obtain the skilled workforce they need, and in turn, provide workers with jobs that will allow them to take care of themselves and their families.”
Information on apprenticeship programs available across New Mexico can be found on the NMDWS website at www.dws.state.nm.us/Apprenticeship.