The national AFL-CIO posted the following blog.
IBEW Mentoring Program Prepares Local Residents for a Career in the Electrical Trades
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 has a successful mentoring program designed to help underserved communities prepare for careers in the electrical trades. Before applicants take their entrance exam at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Institute in Commerce, Calif., IBEW mentors provide support and guidance for obtaining GEDs, make sure candidates have the algebra requirements and help them to study for the exam.
“People from every community can come into our program, raise their level of education, raise their level of expertise and technical know-how and become part of a movement and a career they can hold onto for the rest of their lives,” says Shomari Davis, IBEW 11 business representative, in a new video on the mentoring program.
“I was living in a one bedroom, just a room with my wife and daughter. Since I started working for the union in just three months I’ve gotten my own apartment,” says Isaac Castro (pictured above), IBEW 11 first-year apprentice, featured in the video.