IBEW Local 24 and National Electrical Contractors Association, Maryland Chapter - Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)
“The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s demonstrated commitment to apprenticeship makes them the perfect advocate for apprenticeship in Maryland,” said Labor Secretary Schulz. “Over their 56-year history, they have trained almost 2,000 apprentices. That experience will help us build upon our already successful program and expand apprenticeship to all industries and occupations throughout the state.”
Comprised of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24 and the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has a long history of training electrical apprentices.
“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 24, along with our partners the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), is committed to apprenticeship training,” said John Rankin, president of the IBEW Local 24. “For more than 55 years, the apprenticeship program has provided the opportunity for men and women to work alongside highly skilled union electricians, in addition to classroom training at our state of the art training center. They earn while they learn, leading to a career – not just a job – earning $70,000 a year, plus benefits.”
Over the past 30 years, 1,331 electrical apprentices have completed apprenticeship training. Today, 343 electrical apprentices are in the program.
"Apprenticeship offers training, skills, and financial benefits that will change lives,” said Jonathan Thomas, executive director of the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. “The Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program is a great promotional tool, and I applaud Governor Hogan and Secretary Schulz for acknowledging that apprenticeship offers a solid foundation, not just for a better career, but for a better life. The Baltimore electrical apprenticeship program and its affiliated contractors are honored to be recognized by the ambassador program.”
First year electrician apprentices from ages 17 to 50 with (left to right) Neil Wilford, JATC Training Director; Kelly Schulz, Maryland Labor Secretary; Jonathan Thomas, NECA Maryland Chapter Executive Director; John Rankin, IBEW Local 24 President; Pete Demchik, IBEW Local 24 Business Manager.
For more information about the program and how to apply, download the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Summary and the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Introductory Letter, or contact Britta Vander Linden, Director of Partnerships and Program Development, 410-230-6242.