In February, Zeran, who graduated from his five-year apprenticeship
last July, joined 150 IBEW members from across Minnesota for a lobbying
day in St. Paul, where renewable energy was a main focus. “I participated because I realized—early on in my electrical
career—that just showing up at work every day is not enough,” says
Zeran, who needs one more installation to become certified as a solar
specialist by the North American Board of Certified Energy
Practitioners. The legislature's green jobs task force was
already considering more than 20 bills—including bond measures for
public projects on green energy—before Congress passed the $787 billion
stimulus package. The state has some of the strongest ...Read More
A large solar panel is mounted outside the training center.
Today, Labor Secretary Solis testifed before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her testimony entitled “Empowering Workers to Rebuild America’s Economy and Longer-Term Competitiveness: Green Skills Training for Workers” was held on Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.
To compete and win in the global economy, Registered Apprenticeships are a key in growing a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. This video is made to increase awareness of jobs that require technical...check it out!
During the Memorial Day break, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
will invite congressional representatives to tour union job-training
centers around the country to show them why they are the right choice
when it comes to creating a renewable energy work force. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
- a partnership between the IBEW and union electrical contractors -
unveils its Green Jobs Curriculum next month, which collects more than
70 green training lessons the NJATC has been using into one single
curriculum. . Read More.
These are tough economic times but there's never been a more exciting time for Registered Apprenticeship,
the public workforce system, education and other partners to collaborate to get more Americans re-skilled and
ready to compete for good-paying jobs as our nation recovers and puts people back to work.