2018 NECA Convention Launches New Efforts to Battle Skilled Workforce Shortage

The 2018 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Convention
& Trade Show will feature the latest incentives to reduce the
industry’s critical skilled workforce shortage—a systemic problem across all
building trades.

The convention’s first Town Hall meeting on the growing electrician
shortage to meet current and future building demands and the latest
apprentice incentives runs on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center. Presenters include NECA President David
Long, IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson and NECA CEO John M. Grau. The
event runs during an expanded Apprentice
Appreciation Day sponsored by the NECA
Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter in partnership with the Philadelphia
region’s premier Local Joint Apprentice and Training Committees (JATC).

“Our $160 billion industry offers rewarding, high-paying careers to meet
future building demands with paid on-the-job training and no college
debt,” said NECA President David Long, president, Miller Electric Co.,
Jacksonville, Florida, who started his career as a construction wireman
in the mid-1970s.

As millennials
increasingly show an interest in skilled trades, NECA targets high
school students seeking college alternatives, former military personnel
and related tradespeople. Electrical apprentices currently commit to a
five-year, paid program with a guaranteed job upon completion.

NECA 2018 offers the largest audience of decision makers with
approximately 300 exhibiting companies demonstrating the latest
technology, superior education and training. Exhibitors will showcase
thousands of solutions that contractors can use on the job, in the shop
and in the office. Sixty-eight percent of attendees purchase new
products, and 66 percent do not attend any other trade show.

Featured special events and speakers include:

NECA 2018 is open to all electrical professionals, including nonmembers.
Free trade show admission: go to Attendee
Registration and use code NECA18.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), is the voice
of the $160 billion electrical construction industry that brings power,
light and communication technology to buildings and communities across
the U.S. (301)215-4506 / http://www.necaconvention.org/
/ Twitter @necanet.

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