ETV Releases Video on Veterans Job Training Programs

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Documentary Highlights Veteran's Problems and Solutions From Electrical Workers Union and Contractors

Veterans Issues
The NECA/IBEW team is extending a helping hand to US Armed Forces Veterans in need of skilled job training and placement.

This Memorial Day, the NECA/IBEW team is extending a helping hand to US Armed Forces Veterans in need of skilled job training and placement. At any given time, veterans face difficulties finding meaningful work, leading to more than a quarter million being unemployed and/or homeless as a result of the psychological after-effects of their tour(s) of service. Emblematic of their dedication to the construction industry, the NECA/IBEW team’s joint apprenticeship training system is uniquely positioned to educate and train these individuals – and help them become electricians, technicians and outside linemen and women.

A relatively new job training and placement program, VICE (Veterans in Construction Electrical), has sent 175 veterans through a 12-week accelerated electrical apprenticeship program at a NECA/IBEW training school in the Seattle suburbs. These participants earn membership into the IBEW so they can go from no job to a fulfilling career in as little as 90 days. VICE is more than an acronym - it's a pathway to a career in construction and it has been a HUGE success.

This program is highlighted in a new short documentary video from online television network Electric TV. It shows how the labor union IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 46, in partnership with their signatory NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) contractors in the Puget Sound Chapter, are helping change the lives of veterans; giving them skills, a career, and a fighting chance right here at home.

You can view the ETV documentary on ElectricTV.net.

ABOUT ELECTRIC TV: ETV is a project of the IBEW and NECA, consisting of a series of short online video presentations designed to educate the general public about trends in the electrical industry and raise awareness on the benefits of professional unions and training.

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