This year, at the National Training Institute Trade Show the IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson and NECA president David Long appeared together speak about their unified message to increase the apprenticeship program and grow membership. Both presidents weren’t afraid to speak about what they believe or where they want the industry to go.
They also discussed how to fill the work force with programs involving outreach to veterans, pre-apprenticeship, and post-secondary education. These programs need to reach out to let everyone know there are opportunities for them in the IBEW. President Stephenson also stressed the need to reach out and share our industry with the young people earlier than every before.
World-class training business does not stand still. It takes an enormous investment of time, knowledge, and materials, and it takes a united commitment from NECA and IBEW leadership to keep pushing it to new heights.