Why Hire An NECA-IBEW Contractor?

5 Reasons to Hire and NECA-IBEW Contractor

  • NECA-IBEW contractors have a better trained workforce
  • NECA-IBEW contractors have a better safety record
  • NECA-IBEW contractors hire directly from the local community
  • NECA-IBEW C10 contractors hire only certified workers
  • NECA-IBEW contractors give back to the local community through various outreach programs

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. Founded in 1891, the IBEW is one of the oldest, largest and most respected unions in the world.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the VOICE of the $100 billion industry responsible for lighting power and communication systems in buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 120 local chapters advance the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. NECA celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001.

NECA-IBEW offers the best-trained, safest and most experienced electrical workers in the country. NECA-IBEW together provides a model education partnership through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) that produces the best-trained VDV technicians and electrical apprentices in the country. All of the $100 million annually is privately funded and the schools operate on a local level.

NECA-IBEW contractors emphasize the importance of on-the-job safety. Safe job sites save money on general liability insurance and also reduce claims and liability risks to both clients and contractors.

NECA-IBEW VDV technicians are hired directly from the local community, and contribute back to the economy of the local community by spending their paychecks locally. NECA-IBEW contractors also participate in many community outreach programs, including scoreboard donations to local schools, free energy and safety audits, as well as contributions to Habitat for Humanity, Toys and Tots and other programs to benefit seniors, children and the underserved.

VDV students in Northern California (www.NORCAL-jatc.com) must complete 150 hours per year of classroom training, along with 4,800 hours of on-the-job training over the three year period. The NORCAL JATC is monitored and funded by local electrical contractors and communication system contractors (see our contractor directory) who help to guide the curriculum and set apprenticeship standards.

Apprentices who graduate to become technicians must receive state VDV certification and are also encouraged to participate in on-going continuing education programs offered by the NORCAL JATC.

Most non-union contractors, by contrast, don’t participate in a formal industry-based training program. Some non-union VDV workers receive as little as 40 hours of training and have no experience before they join the workforce.