In July, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) for the electrical industry announced a name change to the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA). As the first step in a structural reorganization, the transformation reflects a number of changes, although the mission, goals and objectives remain essentially the same. Leaders embrace the new name as more reflective of the group’s nature as an alliance of diverse industry partners.
ETA has implemented several changes to its apprenticeship model, including a core curriculum training model, new National Guideline Apprenticeship Standards, and a blended learning model that leverages technology to improve training results.
NJATC Executive Director Michael Callanan said the old group may not disappear but instead may become a foundation that provides financial support for the greater mission of the newly formed ETA.
Created in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the organization offers standardized training and education for the industry. It boasts more than 300 training centers in the United States and Canada.