Electrical, VDV & IBS Training Event Celebrates 15th Year

The national training organization of NECA-IBEW -- the NJATC -- holds its 15th annual National Training Institute in August.

The National Training Institute (NTI), a NECA -IBEW event dedicated solely to improving and extending the training of professional electricians, line workers, and datacom technicians, celebrates its 15th year July 29 -Aug. 7 in Knoxville, Tenn.

At its 1990 founding, the NTI attracted just over 100 attendees. Last year's event attracted more than 1,200 professional registrants. Each year's events include a weekend trade show - focused on training aspects of products and technologies; in 2003, more than 90 manufacturers and service providers participated.
Open to IBEW members, NECA -member and other contractors who work under NECA -IBEW contracts, local training directors, and instructors, the NTI features a variety of training. Events include:
• Instruction in new technologies;
• Productivity -enhancing learning about existing technologies;
• Train -the -trainer events, teaching instructors how to transmit information about specific topics and technologies;
• Sessions that are especially designed to upgrade the knowledge of training directors and instructors on educational issues;
• Training sessions for JATC committee members, training directors, local union business managers, and NECA chapter managers on apprenticeship training issues; and
• Special events for contractors and other industry leaders.
More than 50 technical training sessions are included. Individual sessions are devoted to electrical, datacom, powerline, residential, and integrated building systems. Expert instructors from industry suppliers such as Fluke (electrical) to Tyco Electronics (datacom) to Echelon/LonWorks (building systems) - and many more - lead the classes.
Event sponsor is the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), the NECA -IBEW national organization that oversees electrical and datacom apprentice training and journeyman skill improvement courses.
In 2003, more than 300 local electrical JATCs and AJATCs were involved in the training of nearly 50,000 apprentices. Additionally, 70,000 journey -level electrical, datacom, and line workers attended skill improvement courses.
For more information, see: www.njatc.org/nti.htm. Contractors, professional electrical workers, and others can obtain more information from their local NECA chapter, IBEW Local Union, or JATC.

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