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Marc Pendleton, Vice President and Organizer at Local 520, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, a national, labor-focused podcast, and talked about the benefits of IBEW apprenticeship training.
At the end of the five-year training, apprentices become journeymen making at least $40 an hour without incurring any student debt, he told AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc on Nov. 14.
Pendleton appeared during National Apprenticeship Week, held Nov. 14 to Nov. 20.
Pendleton also spoke about the Lone Star Program, which provides those considering an apprenticeship with hands-on experience to help decide if the program is right for them. The week-long course takes place at the JATC’s training center. Students practice hands-on skills such as installing plugs and switches.
They also earn a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) New Electrical Apprentice License and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification. The program is completely free and funded by sponsorships.
He said that if the students like the training, they can walk down the hall and sign up for Local 520’s apprenticeship program.
Pendleton also explained how IBEW apprenticeship training has evolved to include the latest technologies like the installation of battery charging stations for electric vehicles and solar panel installation. These jobs will be plentiful in the near future, thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, he added.
Lastly, Pendleton discussed the growth of the apprenticeship programs of Local 520’s affiliated JATCs. About 500 apprentices are currently enrolled, which is higher than normal, he said.