November 13, 2018

The Apprenticeship Movement Gains Momentum

IECRM Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 12-16

The Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter (IECRM) will observe National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) through a week-long celebration that highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.  The fourth annual NAW runs November 12-16.

Numerous events will honor IECRM’s apprentices and offer leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeships.

Being an apprentice can be a life-changing experience for the young, women, military veterans, and career-changers. (Watch this and hear first hand from IECRM apprentice/graduates about their experiences  //

On-the-job training along with teaching the theory and application produces highly skilled workers. IECRM works daily to challenge the belief that a college degree is the only pathway to success. The “earn while you learn” apprenticeship model is an ideal win-win for the employer and the employee. An apprentice comes out of IECRM’s training program with a job and virtually no college debt because the program is paid, either all or in part, by the employer. Employers win because they find apprenticeships help with retention, as workers who come up through apprenticeship see the investment their employers are making in their career. Additionally, they benefit from an employee who has been trained in world-class safety – an essential skill set for any worker.  

IECRM National Apprenticeship Week Line-Up of Events

Each evening, Monday-Thursday, November 12-15:
4-5:30 pm: Welcoming Celebration for apprentices as they arrive to class. Hot dogs, chips, cake, and beverages will be served.
6-8:30 pm: Hands-on Tool Demos in the lab during students’ classes. Flash Sale on IECRM logo gear for students to sport their school pride. Industry Partner Trunk Sale and special offers for students.

Additional Activities:

5-8pm Tuesday, 11/13: Emily Griffith Technical College appreciation celebration with cake for IECRM apprentices.

2-5 pm Wednesday, 11/14: 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 every half hour.

7-9 am Thursday, 11/15: Annual IECRM Policy Forum. This year will include a recap of the November 6th elections and preview of the 2019 legislative session. All contractor members are encouraged to attend. The Forum is hosted by the IECRM Government Relations Committee. 

5:30-7:30 am Friday, 11/16: Tune in to 9NEWS as Gregg Moss, CEO and president of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, hosts live broadcasts from the IECRM lab on 9NEWS’ Where in the Town is Gregg Moss? Gregg will be talking about National Apprenticeship Week and the benefits of apprenticeships.