Apprenticeship returns to the classroom as COVID-19 threat subsides

With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to subside as more Americans become vaccinated and herd immunity is reached, registered building trades apprenticeship classes are getting back into full swing.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 President Mike Muzic expressed gratitude for things returning to normal when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. He also provided listeners with an update on work in the Local 38 jurisdiction.

Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic

As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, educational programs such as registered building trades apprenticeship programs are looking to return to a sense of normalcy after shrunken class sizes and virtual learning.

Muzic explained how classroom and lab instruction is just as important as the on-the-job training. Working with their peers allows apprentices an added level of comfort. While instructors and training directors did what they could to make things work, Muzic said it will be good to finally be back.

Local 38 is working to improve their marketing strategy in order to attract more apprentices, as the threat of a shrinking workforce is ever present. They are connecting with counselors, teachers and administrators like never before, and educators are buying in and urging their students to consider a career as an IBEW member.

Electrical work in northeast Ohio

Muzic was excited to talk about some of the projects going on or in the works within the Local 38 jurisdiction. While there is plenty of work within the city of Cleveland, there is plenty of work in the surrounding areas as well.

Beyond the Local 38 jurisdiction, Muzic said work throughout Ohio is booming. Central Ohio is seeing an influx of residents and construction, while many rural Ohio towns are investing in renewable energy projects where electricians are needed.


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