How It Works
The purpose of the IBEW-NECA VEEP pilot program training is to prepare transitioning service members, recently separated veterans, and military spouses to reenter the civilian workforce in a high demand field that offers excellent earning potential. The initial trainings of this pilot will be held in Alaska in January/February of 2019. Depending on demand, additional trainings may follow in subsequent months. The entire training program, including materials, will be provided at no cost to the participant or to the U.S. Military.Industry
The United States is experiencing a major shortage of skilled labor, with Electricians being among the most sought-after occupations. The record low unemployment rates and a booming construction industry have increased the demand. The training that participating veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses will receive through the VEEP program will be done locally in Alaska, but the apprenticeship and employment opportunities will be available on a national level to individuals who satisfactorily complete the course.
Outcome of Training
Prior to attending the training, candidates will select a location in the United States where they would like to live and work following program completion and separation. The electrical training ALLIANCE will seek to facilitate an agreement for direct entry into the apprenticeship program having jurisdiction in that location. Once a direct entry agreement is reached, the applicant will be approved to participate in the training at the Alaska JATC as scheduled. Upon successful completion of the training program and release from active duty, the participant will receive automatic entry into the apprenticeship program in the agreed upon location. Additionally, since all NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship Programs are state & federally accredited, participants will be eligible to collect their GI Bill benefits while working towards becoming a journeyworker in their field.