Electricians Attract High School Grads With High-Paying Apprenticeships, College Options

November 14, 2006

Barbara Miller (202) 207-1113
Natalie Klein (212) 297-2107

WASHINGTON, DC -- The organized electrical construction industry has mounted a
million-dollar campaign to attract ambitious high school seniors to the electrical profession,highlighting the financial, career and college benefits of its highly respected apprenticeship program.

Over the past two years, the National Electrical Contractors Association and International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (NECA-IBEW) have blanketed the nation’s high schools with career kits, posters, and interactive CDs detailing the outstanding educational and high-paying career rewards of their NJATC apprenticeship program.

NJATC apprenticeships are earn-as-you-learn programs for individuals seeking to
become commercial-industrial electricians, linemen, IT systems installers, or residential
electricians.. Apprentices receive extensive on-the-job training and classroom instruction, earning a competitive wage, benefits, and regular pay increases throughout the program.

Overall, NJATC apprentices typically earn between $50,000 and $150,000 in total wages
and benefits over the course of a three-to five-year apprenticeship period. Graduates of the most rigorous NJATC apprenticeship specialties can enter the job market as union journeymen earning $45,000 to $70,000 a year.

In addition, the program offers participants the opportunity to earn tuition-free college
credits for completed apprenticeship course work, and to link their apprenticeship studies to accredited college degree programs. Government officials compare top-notch professional apprenticeships like the NJATC program to paid career scholarships, and NJATC officials agree.

"Our registered apprenticeships provide a proven and financially feasible way for
students to combine college learning with the advanced technical proficiencies necessary to secure a rewarding, high-paying career," says NJATC Executive Director A.J. Pearson.
"The challenge is to spread the word among high school students, educators and parents
that apprenticeships are today’s winning ticket to post-secondary education and career success."