Community partners step up to answer San Diego's demand for skilled workers

November 13, 2018

IBEW Local 569, San Diego NECA, San Diego Electrical Training Center, and elected officials highlight the importance of apprenticeships for our workforce and economy

San Diego – With the San Diego and national economies growing by leaps and bounds, where will the trained workforce to meet those demands come from? The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 and its partners, the National Electrical Contractors Association – San Diego and the San Diego Electrical Training Center, are stepping forward to fulfill the employment demands of the 21st century. For the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week, beginning Nov. 12, the partners will educate leaders in business, organized labor, education, and the community on the importance of apprenticeships to the workforce and economy.

Local San Diego events will include a Nov. 14 Roundtable discussion among local elected officials, labor and business leaders, on the importance of apprenticeships for veterans, career-seeking young people, and the economy.

Additionally, IBEW 569, NECA San Diego and the San Diego Electrical Training Center are kicking off their new program of media-friendly “Apprenticeships for the Day” events in which local high school and elementary school students will get hands-on learning about the many options available to them in the electrical industry. The Apprenticeship of the Day events at the San Diego Electrical Training Center begin a new, monthly training program for young people and others interested in careers in electrical and low-voltage line work.

 

Building Our Workforce with Apprenticeships Roundtable
 

11/14 - 11 a.m., San Diego Electrical Training Center, 4675 Viewridge Ave., San Diego.
 

Participants:
 

  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, California Legislature
  • Dr. Eduardo Reyes, Chula Vista Elementary School Board member and San Ysidro High School Principal 
  • Nick Segura, IBEW Local 569 Business Manager
  • Kevin Johnson, San Diego Electrical Training Center TrainingDirector
  • Andy Berg, National Electrical Contractors Association – San Diego Executive Director
  • Arthur Page, U.S. Department of Labor

 

Apprentice for the Day Events

 

11/13 - 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Apprentice for the Day event with high school students from the Poway Unified School District, San Diego Electrical Training Center, 4675 Viewridge Ave., San Diego. 

 

11/14 - 9:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Apprentice for the Day event with high school students from the Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego Electrical Training Center, 4675 Viewridge Ave., San Diego. 

 

11/15 - 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Apprentice for the Day event with high school students from the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Electrical Training Center, 4675 Viewridge Ave., San Diego.

 

11/16 - 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Apprentice for the Day-Solar Array event with elementary school students from the National School District, John Otis Elementary, 621 E. 18th St., National City.

 

Video, radio and print reporters welcome. Apprenticeships for the Day events and training will include students working hands-on with solar power and other electrical systems. To RSVP and for day-of contacts, call Launce Rake at (702) 917-7541. 

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