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Utilizing the Right Tools for Training

The IEC Atlanta Chapter incorporates "The Training Advantage" into all of our apprenticeship classes in order to benefit IEC contractor members, students, partner members, and the electrical industry. We strive for excellence by starting the training process with instructors who are technically competent and trained to deliver the curriculum to adult learners while incorporating hands-on, active learning techniques in each class. This article will focus on how the IEC Atlanta strategic plan works to engage the students of the apprenticeship program to ensure that they learn the core concepts that lead to improved field productivity, reduced errors, and better customer satisfaction for the contractor and the student.

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A Timeline for Training

How long does it take to become an electrician? No, this is not the beginning of a joke, but a serious question that I ask high school students, parents, and others considering a career in the electrical industry when I speak at the Central Pennsylvania IEC Annual Apprenticeship Open House.

Answers are called out from around the room. "Nine months," calls out one high school student, obviously remembering the television ad for the local for-profit career institute. "Two years," responds a parent who is thinking that community college and an associate's degree is what they need.

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Online Apprentice Training: Working in IEC Chapters

A number of IEC chapters have been implementing online apprenticeship training. While such endeavors always present challenges, they can end up being highly successful. IEC Atlanta and IEC-Dakotas are two such examples.

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Rebuilding and Expanding the Electrical Contractor Workforce for the Green, Digital Age

Electrical contractors, like many industries, were impacted by the economic conditions of the past few years and had to evolve their businesses to remain competitive. As the economy gradually recovers, contractors are preparing for an increase in work after years of operating lean. As the industry continues to rebuild, contractors are finding that not only is there more demand from customers, but there is a wide range of new services that customers are considering. In order to meet this evolving demand, the industry needs to expand their skill sets and begin recruiting and preparing the new workforce with the necessary skills.

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Full-Cycle Job Costing

Maintaining business growth and consistent profits is an ongoing challenge for any business, but especially so for electrical contractors. However, there are steps contractors can, and should take to increase their profits and grow their businesses, no matter what the prevailing economic conditions may be.

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