IEC Apprenticeship Program Trains Over 12,000 Electrical Apprentices
The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is proud to announce that it has officially surpassed a 61-year record of 12,000 electrical apprentices in 50 IEC campuses across the country. IEC has a world-class curriculum that is a registered apprenticeship program of the United States Department of Labor and the educational program is administered in IEC chapters throughout America.
Through the focused efforts of the most highly skilled professionals in the industry, the Curriculum Development Group (a subcommittee of the IEC National Apprenticeship and Training Committee) and American Technical Publishers (ATP), a new layout of the manual was developed and a Content Management System (CMS), increasing online tools available for education. With these key enhancements and the dedicated efforts of recruitment of job seekers by local IEC chapters across the country, IEC has nearly doubled the number of apprentices trained nationwide over the last five years, with 6,820 trained in 2013-2014 and 12,018 are active now in academic year 2018-2019. In addition to these increased numbers, the American Council on Education (ACE) has bolstered the higher education equivalent up to 41 college credit hours.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of electricians is projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026 resulting in 85,900 new jobs by 2024. In addition, BLS notes that because many employers have reported “difficulty finding qualified applicants,” the job outlook for those going into this profession continue to be well above the demand for many other popular career pathways.
IEC is preparing tomorrow’s electrician to fill this growing need for qualified workers. Through efforts such as MyElectricCareer.com, a website dedicated to attracting job seekers into a promising career pathway to last a lifetime. IEC is giving future electricians and skilled tradespeople direct access to a world-class education and all while they are employed through a true earn-and-learn educational experience.
For more information about the IEC apprenticeship program, visit https://www.ieci.org/apprenticeship.