IBEW NECA Electrical Training Alliance

The IBEW conducts apprenticeship programs for electricians, lineman, & VDV (voice, data & video) installers (who install low-voltage wiring such as computer networks), in conjunction with National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), under the auspices of the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (NJATC), which allows apprentices to “earn while you learn” through on-the-job training (OJT).

Who We are

The IBEW represents approximately 775,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads & government. The IBEW has members in both the United States & Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.

As union members, we bargain collectively with our employers over wages, benefits, and rights.

Most of us have very limited bargaining power as one person, but as a group, we are strong. And, with a good negotiated contract, we have legal protections we would not have otherwise.

The IBEW conducts apprenticeship programs for electricians, lineman, & VDV (voice, data & video) installers (who install low-voltage wiring such as computer networks), in conjunction with National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), under the auspices of the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (NJATC), which allows apprentices to “earn while you learn” through on-the-job training (OJT).

Apprenticeship Training

The electrical training ALLIANCE’s goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the electrical training ALLIANCE develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today’s global market economy.

In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade-related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. Quite often, local training committees provide special classes with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.

Apprenticeship programs are designed to have students work and go to school at the same time. This allows students to make a living, learn valuable on-the-job experience, and complete the education requirements needed to become a licensed electrician.

How You Can Become An Apprentice

The five areas of electrical work share common skills and knowledge, but each requires specific skills and knowledge in their chosen area. Therefore, each type of work has different apprenticeship programs associated with it. Basic requirements for becoming an apprentice in any of the programs are similar. The following requirements are typical for individuals applying to be accepted into an IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC).

  • Minimum Age 18
  • Be a high school graduate or have your GED
  • One Year of high school algebra or post-high school algebra course with a passing grade.
  • Drug Free

How To Apply

Applications are taken each Wednesday of the month from 1—5 PM at 6111 Jacksboro Hwy., Wichita Falls TX 76302.
Interviews are held in January & July for School starting every August.

Must Bring:

  • Drivers License and Social Security Card
  • High School Transcript or Certificate of High School Equivalency or GED

JATC Training Director

Crystal Gilley

Email: wfjatc@ibew681.org
Cell Phone: (940) 322-1661
Fax: (940) 723-9301