As 2013 comes to a close, it is always interesting to look back and reflect on what went on during the year. This “look at the numbers” can give us perspective on the progress we have made (or lack thereof) and hopefully some insight on where we go from here.
The Training Center registered 203 apprentices into the program in 2013, the largest number in a single year on record. Possibly even more impressive is that all but 4 have stayed on through the year. This demonstrates the quality of applicant in their commitment to the industry as well as the great job the interview and selection committee do on picking quality candidates. This number brings the program total up to 532 total, 4 Residential, 67 Limited Energy and the remaining Inside.
Although the overall numbers do not match the total in the program back in 1999, reaching over 600, they do show an increase and the number of incoming students is exceeding the number of those graduating.
Another interesting category is the number of women and minorities entering the program. The number of female apprentices account for 11.2 % of the total at 60, with minorities making up 13.3 % of the total with 71 total. The Training Center, along with NECA and IBEW continue to look at opportunities to enhance application and retention and promote growth in the programs. These effort will continue to evolve and include new and different options, community based organizations and methods. We encourage new ideas and invite you to offer your expertise in reaching new audiences that will promote our basic goals of inclusion and diversity. We also have 24 Veterans in the program.
Along the lines of apprenticeship come the contractors and members and their involvement in the program. We have 176 signatory contractors that are registered training agents, making them eligible to employ and train apprentices. Of that total, 48 are currently active in employing those approximately 200 apprentices. In terms of JW members, we had 485 of the approximate 3077 JW members attending continued Education classes this year. We expect that number to increase substantially in 2014 due to the upcoming adoption of the 2014 NEC.
In terms of code and CEU classes, it appears that as the states of Oregon and Washington go about the process of evaluating and creating the OESC and WAC, There is going to be a much more similar code being applied on both sides of the river. Both states are planning to move forward on a 2014 adoption, July 1 in Washington and Oct. 1 in Oregon. Additionally both states seem to be heading towards adopting the NEC in its native form on a much greater scale, modifying less and less, and therefor having a much greater consistency for the border states.
A number that often goes unnoticed but deserves to be recognized is eight. That is the number of Trustees from NECA and IBEW that continuously guide the JATC toward excellence in Apprentice and Journeyman training. They meet monthly, providing leadership and direction to the Training Center. Investing nearly 400 hours per year in meetings, Interviewing, and generally helping. We must recognize them as the backbone of the Training Center. Their efforts and commitment to the industry cannot be ignored. We have many areas to work on and will continue to strive for excellence. Given the efforts of everyone involved, I expect we will continue to see great things in our future.