The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is the name for the Electrical Training Alliance ; A nonprofit organization created in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The organization works with subject matter experts (SMEs), industry leaders, and various manufacturers to Ensure That electrical apprentices in the Organized labor movement -have access to the most-up-to date training initiatives in the electrical manufacturing industry.
Across the United States and Canada more than 200 local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) use the NJATC’s curricula to help train electrical apprentices. The NJATC develops electrical training curricula for Inside Wireman, Outside Lineman , Voice-Data-Video (VDV), and Residential Wireman programs. Emerging technologies such as photovoltaics (solar), wind power generation and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are also encompassed in the NJATC curricula, along with codes and safety and instrumentation training.
The NJATC is well known for its ” Earn While You Learn ” initiative which allows students to learn and practice respectable living while receiving instructional training. This program also allows JATC electrical apprenticeship programs to operate without the financial support of taxpayers. With the help of the American Council on Education , the NJATC has also developed a program that allows its students to learn and practice college credit. Depending on the area of study, electrical apprentices can now transfer up to 60 college credit hours from their electrical apprenticeship to colleges , universities , or community colleges .
The organization is also known for hosting the National Training Institute (NTI), the largest electrical training seminar in North America. Nearly 2,000 electrical workers expect this event to learn about new industry trends, to see new products, and to expect in-depth training seminars. NTI is also one of the leading manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment.
As of 2007, there are more than 40,000 electrical apprentices enrolled in JATC programs throughout the United States and Canada. Since its inception, more than 325,000 electrical apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent dayneymen , making the organization one of the most electrical training and apprenticeship programs of its kind.