As the world becomes more electric, electricians have an essential role to play installing and servicing new electrical technologies. Electrical work is a fast-growing field, with more than 84,000 open positions expected each year over the next decade. This demand requires training to keep up with it.
The Electrical Training Alliance (etA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW, providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. The etA runs 285 training centers across the country that employ more than 4,000 training instructors to train 42,000 apprentices and 100,000 journeymen every year.
For several years, nVent has partnered with the etA to provide nVent products for electricians to practice with during training programs and with NECA to send nVent product managers to conduct workshops on emerging technologies in the industry.
nVent’s dedication to training helps ensure the NECA contractors who employ IBEW members remain up to date on the latest product offerings in the industry. This also provides an opportunity for nVent to gather feedback about products and solutions from the people who use them in the field.
“It is a great feeling to partner with a company like nVent that has such recognizable brands like nVent CADDY, ERICO, HOFFMAN, RAYCHEM and TRACER,” said Todd Stafford, executive director of eTA. “We will work hard to represent them well to our students as the IBEW, NECA and etA family know from experience the value of such respected products.”
The responsibilities of electricians will only grow as the electrification of everything drives demand for new technologies. As a provider of products and solutions that connect and protect, it is important for nVent to support the growth of this field.
“We have a long history of helping electricians be more efficient while also ensuring they are protected on the jobsite,” said Eric Osborn, VP for the nVent CADDY brand. “It is our pleasure to partner with the etA in the essential work of training the next generation of electricians.”