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New Jersey Program Targets The Ideal JATC Apprentice

September 2001 IBEW Journal

A new apprentice recruitment program is looking for a few good trainees. And IBEW Local 400, Asbury Park, New Jersey, is going into the schools to find them.

The program, called Earn and Learn to Earn, seeks high school and vocational school graduates to train for openings for electrical wiremen, linemen and voice‑data‑video technicians. New Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee liaison Ann Grace will be visiting schools in Monmouth and Ocean counties to demonstrate the benefits of a career in the IBEW.

Grace proves to the students that an electrical career pays off by showing the entire pay scale, from starting apprentices through full journeyman status. She tells them the ideal student must have two years of high school algebra and one or two years of technical electives.

If you meet the requirements, this can be a very lucrative career for you, Grace tells the students. Grace also tells the students of the shortage of trained workers in the emerging telecommunications field of voice‑data‑video.

In the coming months, Grace will be making presentations to students, guidance counselors and principals.