Apprenticeship Opportunities

IBEW and NECA – Providing Quality Training for the Electrical Industry- The Local Union 488 IBEW-NECA Apprenticeship and Training Committee is part of a national training program overseen by the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA). The ETA, as well as our local Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), is made up of representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Our local JATC maintains the highest standards of training for the entire electrical industry. Throughout the program, apprentices are trained in the various areas of electrical work and provided with the skills needed to have a successful career as an electrical worker. Our program accomplishes this with absolutely no cost to the taxpayers of Connecticut.


KNOWLEDGE-SKILLS-ATTITUDE-The JATC looks for candidates that have the ability to maintain the positive attitude needed to learn the skills of the trade through on the job training assignments as well as the willingness to complete five years of schooling. By doing this, the candidate will receive the tools and the knowledge to become one of the most highly trained electrical workers in today’s workforce.

Program Length:

Our program consists of five years of classroom instruction and over 8,000 hours of on the job training. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from September through May.

Program Cost:

Selection into our program is essentially like being accepted into a university with a scholarship. Program tuition is free, with the exception of the cost associated with the purchase of books.

Wage Information:

Starting pay for new apprentices is $18.16 per hour with an aggressive wage increase schedule leading to Journeyman Wireman wages. Benefits such as annuity, pension plans, health care, dental, prescription service and other employee plans that are among the best in the industry and are also included in the package.

How to Apply:

Applications are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. through 12 p.m. noon and must be completed in person. (Holiday’s excluded)

*Applicants will need High School Transcripts or GED transcripts, and photo ID at time of applying.

Applicants may be 17 years of age to apply, but must be 18 at the time of selection. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a High School Graduate or have a GED
  • Provide Photo ID
  • Provide High School or GED transcripts with proof of one full credit of Algebra
  • Complete the application in person
  • Receive a qualifying score on NJATC Aptitude Test
  • Complete oral interview

The JATC will notify qualified applicants as to the date, time, and place of the NJATC Aptitude test and interview.

Our program can earn you up to sixty (60) training credits through the American Council of Education that may be applied to a two (2) or four (4) year college degree in qualified areas of study all while learning the electrical trade.

Selected applicants into the IBEW-NECA Local 488 Apprenticeship program will obtain employment with a Local 488 signatory employer for full time work within the jurisdiction of Local 488, and will attend evening classes from September through May at the Local 488 IBEW-NECA training facility in Monroe, CT.

For More Information Contact:

Thomas Sportini, Training Director

IBEW Local Union 488

721 Main Street

Monroe, CT 06468

Phone: 203-459-0836

Fax: 203-459-2553   


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