To provide Electrical apprentices the knowledge and background information needed to perform the scope of work required by the industry, and to successfully pass the state exams required to work in the local jurisdiction, the NIETC is tasked with providing instructors that are knowledgeable about the trade, familiar with the codes and able to perform the work.
They must also be expert in teaching, training, and evaluating. These very different skill sets merge at the National Training Institute.
The National Training Institute was started in 1990 and was known as the “Instructor Training Institute.” The initial purpose of the Instructor Training Institute was to professionally train instructors teaching IBEW Apprentices and Journeymen. The instructor training program employs Professional Educators from different colleges and universities from throughout the United States. The Instructor Group classes are called Professional Education classes because of the format and educators used to deliver the training.
There are four years of instructor training groups. First year classes focus on:
- Principles of learning and
- Elements of trade teaching
These two courses introduce professional electricians into the academic world of adult education.
Second year courses are:
- Planning and presenting related material
- Using instructional technology
These two courses provide tactile methods of presentation and delivery of material while employing the latest in technology to accomplish this.
The third year of NTI covers:
- Performance evaluations and
- Teaching and managing a technical laboratory
These two courses continue on with the previous materials while demonstrating fair and effective evaluation methods and specifics about technical lab facilities.
The fourth year concludes with creating an active teaching environment, which includes:
- methods for group discussions
- promoting participation
- and mentoring the learning experience
This four year program occurs each year at the University of Michigan where NECA-IBEW Instructors and staff spend valuable time with Ivy league professors, participating in discussions, recreating labs, managing speaking forums, discussing related curriculum and investing in the future of our industry.
This approach of apprenticeship using electricians with professional education experience, in the classroom has proven to be a true model for success.