For Immediate Release Contact: Michael I. Callanan
July 28, 2014 301-715-2385 office
(Upper Marlboro, MD) – The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the
Electrical Industry (NJATC) announced today that the NJATC Trustees have taken the first steps
in the transition of the NJATC into the Electrical Training Alliance. The NJATC was created in
1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical
Contractors Association (NECA) to develop and standardize training to educate the members of
the IBEW and NECA, insuring they are providing the electrical construction industry with the
most highly trained and highly skilled workforce.
NJATC Executive Director, Michael Callanan stated that over the past ten years the NJATC
has become, in effect, “a diverse alliance of IBEW local unions, NECA electrical contractors,
industry training partners and manufacturers, community colleges and universities, and public
and private school systems.” “Today, Callanan stated, we have over 300 joint apprenticeship
training centers in the United States and Canada, over 100 electrical industry organizations and
manufacturers and dozens of public and private organizations that are united by, and committed
to, training the next generation of electrical workers.”
NJATC Director of Operations, Mark Cerulla revealed three primary drivers for the transition
to the new organizational structure from the NJATC to the Electrical Training Alliance. “First,
our new name better reflects the reality of our operation and the way we do business. We
are truly an alliance of very diverse industry partners united by a common cause. Second,
the NJATC, IBEW and NECA, over the course of the past ten years have been in the process
of transforming our apprenticeship model. With the advent of a Core Curriculum Training
Model; new National Guideline Apprenticeship Standards that provide greater latitude to
local training centers; and the implementation of a Blended Learning model that leverages
technology to improve our training outcomes, the timing was right for rebranding our
organization to better reflect the scope and breadth of what we do. And finally, and perhaps
most importantly, our new name and restructured organization will better allow us to meet
the needs of the electrical industry and our customers. There simply is not a better electrical
training infrastructure in the world and we need to ensure that our customers know and
appreciate what stands behind each IBEW and NECA trained electrical worker.”
Callanan noted that “The NJATC as we know it will not disappear but will become a part of
the Electrical Training Alliance.” The NJATC, Callanan stated has “served the IBEW and NECA,
and our industry well for 73 years, I see the NJATC remaining an important part of the new
alliance, perhaps transitioning into a Foundation that supports the greater mission of the new
Electrical Training Alliance.” Callanan concluded, “no matter, what we are called and how we
identify ourselves, the critical point is that we will remain committed to expanding our new
alliance to include all entities and organizations that are united to expanding apprenticeship
opportunities in the electrical industry that provide a pathway to the middle class for young
men and women, through an “earn while you learn” model that ensures the most highly trained
electrical workforce in the world.”