NECA’s professional development programs provide education and training on safety,
innovation, business trends and effective leadership, keeping our members on the forefront
of the electrical contracting industry. At the end of the year, NECA will have trained 1,737
students at 40 NECA Chapters over 90 courses.
Online training is necessary in many areas due both to time and geographic constraints,
and is becoming the norm for a younger generation accustomed to using online resources.
To best serve its membership, NECA’s Management Development Committee put forth an
Ordinary Proposal in 2015 recommending that NECA make a substantial initial investment in
both the content and delivery system for online training. This investment will create a critical
mass of on-demand online courses. These courses will include high-quality content and be
timely, relevant and easily accessible.
NECA has continued to grow in its partnership with the electrical training ALLIANCE, which
was created in 1941 and transitioned from the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training
Committee in 2014. NECA has increased its collaboration with the ALLIANCE on technology
solutions for training as well as the creation of content that spans the industry from the
apprenticeship to executive management.
Education was a major theme at this year’s convention and trade show in San Francisco.
In addition to the technical workshops and classroom sessions — covering business
management; leadership and communications; project management; standards and safety;
and technology, process and innovation; and labor relations — one of the week’s keynote
speakers was Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a global nonprofit with the
mission of providing free, high-quality education to “anyone, anywhere” in the world.
NECA is working to address the current and growing need for skilled workers. By 2019, it is
estimated that the projected shortage of skilled workers in the U. S. will number 1. 5 million.
Industry Nights, while not a new concept, is a strategy that is being utilized by NECA. Their
focus and emphasis has been updated and improved. NECA Chapters and The International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are approaching Industry Nights with more of an “open
house” feel than in the past. In late 2015, they have specifically focused on finding skilled
workers in larger numbers. To accomplish that objective, Industry Nights have become more
of a job fair, with NECA members present at the event to not only represent the industry and
share facts about electrical careers, but also to conduct interviews and, in many cases, make
job offers on the spot.
The IBEW Membership Development team has an extensive network geared toward
outreach and marketing of these events. These efforts have historically provided adequate
attendance for these outreach events. But, with the changing demographics of skilled
workers, additional methods for reaching a tech-savvy prospective employee must be
NECA is dedicated to providing
top-quality education on the
topics members need most.
Innovations in the way we
deliver training will expand
our reach to further assist
NECA understands that a skilled
workforce is the cornerstone
of our industry. Together with
our partners, we are committed
to finding and maintaining the
most highly skilled workforce
in the specialty contracting