Massport and Boston’s electrical workers union and its highly rated joint apprenticeship training center are teaming up to create more career pathways in the communities they serve.
On Fri, Oct. 27, Massport CEO Lisa Wieland and Local 103 IBEW Business Manager Lou Antonellis toured the Greater Boston Joint Apprentice Training Center (JATC) in Dorchester together and observed new apprentices learning hands-on skills as they begin to forge their careers.
With an IBEW apprenticeship, students “earn while they learn.” They are paid competitive wages and receive first class benefits as soon as their training begins.
Last April, Massport and Local 103 IBEW signed a three-year contract ensuring the highest standards of electric and technician services for Massport’s infrastructure and facilities.
“Massport is proud to partner with IBEW Local 103 and the Greater Boston Joint Apprentice Training Center (JATC) to hire East Boston resident and apprentice electrician Alejandro Cardenas at Boston Logan International Airport,” said Wieland.
“Supporting programs like these ensure employment opportunities that are reflective and inclusive of Massport’s surrounding communities,” she added. “The hands-on experience Alejandro gains at the airport will be essential throughout his multi-year training program.”
JATC Training Program apprentices complete 10,000 hours of on-the-job training with experienced workers, plus 1,000 hours of intensive classroom instruction with qualified instructors, and leave with a Journey level electrician or Systems Technician Commonwealth of Mass electrical license.
“We deeply value our partnership with Massport,” said Antonellis. “Workforce development and training are crucial to keep creating the kind of good, union jobs our communities need.”