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.



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.


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.


  • Age: Minimum age of eighteen (18) years
  • Health: Physically capable of performing the work
  • Testing: Aptitude test administered by the Eletrical 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 4:00pm
  • Apply at: IBEW Local 96, 242 Mill Street, Worcester, MA 01602

Please note:
Prior to the onset of this pandemic, the application period deadline for acceptance into our program was February 28, of each year.

However, as part of our application process requires all applicants to take a written aptitude test based on reading comprehension and algebra, followed by an oral interview for those that receive a qualifying score on the aptitude test; we have been unable to move forward in our acceptance process since the spring of 2020.

Our office is currently closed to the public due to the current uptick in Covid-19 illnesses, so we are not accepting applications at this time. If you would like to complete an application (must be done in person) please call first to confirm that our office has re-opened.

Once we are able to assemble, we will resume the acceptance of applications and ask that you please re-visit this website for up-to-date information.

Thank you.


Upcoming Events

Please note that under the State of Massachusetts’ current Corona Virus Guidelines, gathering size limits have been reduced to 10 people inside and 25 people outside. Therefore, the following monthly meetings have been suspended until further notice:

  • All Local 96 Union meetings, which were held at 6:00 PM on the first Monday of the month.
  • All Local 96 Retiree Meetings, which were held at 10:00 AM on the last Thursday of each month.
  • The Local 96 Motorcycle Club, which was held on the 3rd Thursday of the month has suspended meetings through the winter and will resume meeting in the spring.
  • The RENEW Committee does not have any meetings planned at this time - TBA

December 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall

January 2021

Tuesday, January 25, 2020 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board Meeting at the Union Hall

February 2020

Tuesday, February 23, 2020 5:00 PM – LU 96 Executive Board & Building Corp. Meetings at the Union Hall