National Apprenticeship Week 2017
It’s National Apprenticeship Week and we wanted to share some highlights about our apprenticeship program. We are proud to have our own in-house, Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship Training program. Currently, Interstates has around 100 apprentices registered with the Department of Labor. Training runs year-round and includes field and classroom training at our Sioux Center location. Our apprentices send time increasing their skills by working in the field and completing a minimum of 144 hours of related training. Related training includes the National Electric Code, technical information from in-house instructors going over the related materials, and hands-on training.
Interstates apprentices come from across the United States. These apprentices are looking for a way to build a career, while making a living. Our apprentices have a wide range of backgrounds when starting their electrical career. Some are right out of high school who did not feel that going to college was a route they wanted to take. For others, this is a change after going to a college for a while. Some are starting a completely new career. Many move from where they grew up to come to work for Interstates and travel the country or find a new home at one of our regional office locations.
Building a Rewarding Career
Working in the electrical field can be very rewarding. There are incredible opportunities for growth even if you start as a new apprentice. Our apprentices have the opportunity to continue learning on the job and ask questions from others in the field. We’re always looking for people who want to improve themselves in the electrical trade. At Interstates we believe in working to create a career, not just a job. If you have the desire and passion, we can teach you what you need to know to be successful.
Lowell Reith, Interstates Training & Licensing Officer