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IEC National President Participates in White House ApprenticeshipUSA Summit

Gillespie.jpgIEC National President Mark Gillespie participated in the first-ever White House ApprenticeshipUSA Summit. Gillespie was one of more than 100 organizational leaders who were invited to the White House to discuss ways to expand apprenticeship in America.

Over the next five years, the Obama Administration has set a goal to double the estimated 375,000 current apprentices in the U.S. The efforts are focused on six industry sectors: healthcare, advanced manufacturing, information technology, transportation, energy, and construction.

With IEC's highly-successful registered apprenticeship, Gillespie was able to provide the many benefits of establishing a program and the steps necessary to ensure prosperity for apprentices and employers.

"I was proud to represent IEC at such an important event," stated IEC National President Mark Gillespie. "For years, IEC members have witnessed apprenticeship provide many people with a pathway to a successful career in the electrical industry. We support the expansion of apprenticeship and commend the Administration for committing to develop more on-the-job training."

Among the speakers at the Summit were Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.  IEC looks forward to continued involvement in ApprenticeshipUSA and participation in the newly created National Apprenticeship Week which begins November 2.