Electrical Industry Training Center2300 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63139
THE IBEW LOCAL 1’s WORLD CLASS TRAINING
The IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center is the Midwest’s largest resource for skilled electrical workers.
The Training Center is jointly managed through a labor-management partnership between the IBEW Local 1 and the St Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
Our mission is to train and educate apprentices and journey-level electricians and telecommunications technicians to the highest level of quality, skill, integrity, value, and safety in the industry.
It is estimated that at any given time 500 apprentices, or 15% of the existing IBEW workforce, are progressing through the programs with an additional 300-500 journey-level members attending continuing education classes.
There are several unique aspects of our Earn While You Learn registered commercial-industrial electrical apprenticeship program that sets it apart from programs offered in other construction trade specialties. Our apprentices are paid for their time in the classroom. Their pay, along with the operation of the center, is fully funded through our labor-management partnership at no expense to the taxpayers.
As our apprentices progress through the program they are closely monitored to ensure they receive a diversity of work experience. Employers and journey-level mentors regularly evaluate the performance of the apprentices they supervise.
More than 96% of our apprentices graduate to receive journey-level certification from the US Department of Labor.
The Center’s 6 full-time & 20 part-time journey-level instructors are certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).
Full-time instructors sharpen their instructional skills and review emerging technologies during an annual weeks-long training at the National Training Institute and are continually working in concert with personnel from NTI affiliated centers across the country to enhance the curriculum to meet the ever-changing advances in the industry.
The facility is equipped with the finest array of state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the country. Hands-on labs include motor control, pipe bending, welding, electronics, fire-alarm, structured cabling, programmable logic controllers, high-voltage, BIM modeling, craft certification, and photovoltaics.
Apprentices completing the commercial-industrial electrical apprenticeship qualify for up to 49 hours of college credit. The credits can be applied to an array of degree programs. Participating institutions include: Fontbonne University, Jefferson College, Lindenwood College, Logan College of Chiropractic Medicine, Maryville University, Mineral Area College, Louis Community College, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Rolla, and Webster University.
The center has received numerous awards for excellence from the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, the local arm of the Business Roundtable.
We are proud of our program and our graduates. Our effort to bridge the divide and grow a more diverse workforce are unmatched in the unionized construction industry in St. Louis.
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Veterans Electrical Entry Program
The Veteran’s Electrical Entry Program (VEEP) is designed by the electrical training ALLIANCE to fill two needs facing the United States currently. The first is providing transitioning service members, spouses, and recently separated veterans the ability to reenter the civilian workforce in a high demand field that offers excellent earning potential. This helps VEEP accomplish its second goal, providing high quality electricians to an industry facing a major shortage of skilled labor.
VEEP understands that the transition to civilian life can be stressful. To help alleviate that, the program is provided at no cost to the participant and can be done while transitioning out of the military. Prior to attending VEEP, participants decide where in the United States they would like to live and work after completion of the program. The electrical training ALLIANCE then facilitates an agreement for direct entry of the candidate into the training center (JATC) that has jurisdiction in that location. Once an agreement has been made, the participant is approved to attend VEEP.
Participation by active duty personnel also requires approval via the service members’ chain of command and once enrolled, training is in lieu of daily duty requirements while still on active duty. The training must typically be started within the final 180 days of service, to take advantage of this aspect, check with your base Transistion Assistance team for details.
Once approved, the training will take place locally at a participating JATC over the course of several weeks. After completion of VEEP, the participant receives direct entry into the apprenticeship program at the agreed upon location. Since all NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship programs are state & federally accredited, participants are eligible to collect their GI Bill benefits while working towards becoming journey-level worker in their field.