Apprenticeship Opportunities

The Worcester Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program was set up by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 96 and the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) over forty years ago.

Our mission is to educate and train the members of the IBEW so we may provide our signatory contractors with apprentices, trainees, technicians, and journeymen who have superior skills, knowledge, and abilities; making them leaders in the electrical industry.

The Worcester Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee oversees the program and is made up of three trustees from the IBEW and three trustees from NECA.

The Program has a full-time training director, an administrative assistant, six instructors dedicated to apprentice and trainee education and four others who instruct continuing education classes. The electrical apprentices and voice/data/video trainees attend school two nights a week, for over 160 hours a year; and are also required to do community service for each year of their schooling.

Our instructors and committee members are active in all aspects of the electrical industry.   It is with their combined knowledge and backgrounds that we are able come together and provide the highest level of training and education to those working in the electrical industry in Central Massachusetts.

PROGRAMS OFFERED:

INSIDE JOURNEYMAN-WIREMAN

This classification is responsible for the installation of all electrical system wiring and equipment required by commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.

Requirements:  Complete 5 years of schooling, 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, and obtain a Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician license.


VOICE-DATA-VIDEO TECHNICIANS

This classification is responsible for the installation of all equipment and wiring associated with communications, computer, security, and video systems.

Requirements:  Complete 3 years of schooling and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Age: Minimum age of eighteen (18) years
  • Health: Physically capable of performing the work
  • Testing: Aptitude test administered by the Electrical Training Alliance
  • Education:
    High school diploma, GED, or HiSet Certificate accepted
    One year of algebra with a passing grade of C
  • Residency requirements: Must reside within the jurisdiction of Local 96 (Central Massachusetts)
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License 
  • Application Period:
    Monday through Friday
    8:30am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Apply at: IBEW Local 96, 242 Mill Street, Worcester, MA 01602

**APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE PERIOD**

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022/2023 school year between Monday, May 17, 2021 and Monday, February 28, 2022.   Masks must be worn and we are limiting the number of applicants to complete an application to one at a time.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Thank you.

MASSACHUSETTS LABOR NEWS

Upcoming Events

As COVID restrictions within the State of Massachusetts have been lifted as of May 29, 2021, IBEW Local 96 will be able to resume activities previously restricted due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

June 2021

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2021 6:00 PM – RENEW Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:30 PM - LU 96 Motorcycle Club at the Union Hall
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall

July 2021

  • Monday, July 5, 2021 – Independence Day Observance – IBEW Local 96 Holiday
  • Monday, July, 12, 2021 6:00 PM – LU 96 Union Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Thursday, July 15, 2021 5:30 PM – LU 96 Motorcycle Club at the Union Hall
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:00 PM – RENEW Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2021 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall

August 2021

  • Monday, August 2, 2021 6:00 PM – LU 96 Union Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:00 PM – RENEW Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 5:30 PM – LU 96 Motorcycle Club at the Union Hall
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall

September 2021

  • Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day Observance – IBEW Local 96 Holiday
  • Monday, September 13, 2021 6:00 PM – LU 96 Union Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:00 PM – RENEW Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 5:30 PM – LU 96 Motorcycle Club at the Union Hall
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2021 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 – LU 96 Retiree Group to resume their monthly meetings on the last Thursday of every month at 10:00 AM at the Union Hall.