National Apprenticeship Week Celebration Here in Rocky Mountain!
“Apprenticeship” is an ‘earn while you learn’ training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom teaching using the highest industry standards. At IECRM we educate over 2300 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually. IECRM and our members are dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the electrical industry.
We did so November 12-16 with an active schedule of celebration, recognition, discussion, and public outreach. In fact, across the country, especially in the skilled trades, organizations and companies celebrated and communicated about programs, training, and career opportunities for job seekers and the benefits of apprenticeships as a point of job entry. IECRM had a week packed with a variety of events and activities including 9NEWS morning show live newscast feeds and Facebook “live” from the IECRM training lab and a feature in The Denver Post.
On Tuesday, November 13, the Adams County Board of Commissioners issued a special NAW proclamation and Marilyn Stansbury spoke following the reading about IECRM and the importance of apprenticeships. Several counties throughout Colorado held similar events and issued proclamations as well as publicized the NAW activities of many organizations.
Each Day Apprenticeship was Celebrated!
Every evening, Monday-Thursday, November 12-15:
4-5:30 pm: We welcomed and celebrated IECRM apprentices as they arrived to class. Lots of hot dogs, chips, cake, and beverages were hungrily consumed.
6-8:30 pm: Hands-on Tool demos in the lab were conducted during students’ classes. Plus a flash sale on IECRM logo gear was available for sale to students to sport their school pride.
A special thank you to the members and partners who participated in the week: Atcore, Casey Bergquist, DeWalt, Emily Griffith Technical College, IDEAL, I-Pro, Milwaukee, Northglenn Winlectric, Plan Grid, Rexel, Southwire / Ryall Group.
Tuesday – Friday: Additional Activities:
5-8pm Tuesday, 11/13: Emily Griffith Technical College helped celebrate our apprentices with special cupcakes for IECRM apprentices and presented IECRM with a new EGTC partner banner for the lab.
2-5 pm Wednesday, 11/14: We held an Open House for the public and visitors to learn more about the IECRM Apprenticeship Program, electrical career opportunities, and how IECRM trains the next generation electrician. Building and lab tours took place every half hour and included a visit from the staff of the US
Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program. Plus, a special presentation was made by Marilyn Stansbury to Officer Brian Kidwell from the Northglenn Police Department for their fund drive to support seeking a cure for cancer in honor of one of the city’s police officers.
7-9 am Thursday, 11/15: We held our annual IECRM Policy Forum, hosted by the IECRM Government Relations Committee, which included a recap of the November 6th elections and preview of the 2019 legislative session. Special guest, Jason Todd, IEC VP of Government Affairs, presented a perspective on the federal post-election landscape and stressed the importance of building relationships with new lawmakers going forward. See the Forum recap in this newsletter (add link to the recap?)
5:30-7:30 am Friday, 11/16: Dozens of apprentices used to an early morning start time reported for duty to shine a spotlight on the industry as part of the live 9NEWS segments featuring Gregg Moss, CEO and president of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce. Every Friday, Gregg hosts live broadcasts from a special location called Where in the Town is Gregg Moss? During NAW the IECRM lab was the featured location and Gregg highlighted National Apprenticeship Week and the benefits of apprenticeships (link). IECRM also appeared in a Facebook live segment. (link) It was a fitting way to end this very special week.
Looking ahead to next year, The Department of Labor has launched a new website around all things apprenticeship.
Check it out here:https://www.apprenticeship.gov/