The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job market for new electricians should continue to grow through 2018, making this skilled trade an attractive one for those interested in hands-on work. Electrical apprentice training generally lasts about four years, but apprentices get paid throughout the training period. For a high-quality education, look for a program registered by the United States Department of Labor. There are many ways to get your foot in the door, and companies may carve out registered positions for attractive candidates.
Earn your high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a diploma is the minimum requirement for work as an electrical apprentice. Brush up on your math skills too, since electricians have to be comfortable with calculations for solving electrical problems.
Speak with a counselor in your high school guidance office. The office can give you contact information for local organizations and may be able to suggest networking events and job fairs you can attend.
Contact your State Bureau of Apprenticeship or State office of the U.S. Department of Labor. According to an apprenticeship document published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these local branches can offer information about apprenticeship programs running in your area, and they may help you contact companies near you to organize new apprenticeship opportunities. Your phone book can help you track down the right numbers, or check the Contact Us section on the Registered Apprenticeship website operated by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Email the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for more information on unionized apprenticeship opportunities. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is a partnership between the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Use the Contact Us form listed in the Resources section. The Training Committee offers programs around the country to become a residential wireman, journeyman lineman, journeyman tree trimmer, journeyman inside wireman or telecommunication VDV installer-technician.
Get in touch with independent associations to learn more about other electrician training opportunities. If you're interested in becoming an electrician for the construction sector, contact the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) at email@example.com to find the local office chapter closest to you. The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) also run a training program -- call (703) 549-7351 to learn more. The Home Builders' Institute (HBI) offers construction-related electrical apprenticeships. Call the office operating in your region of the country for more information.
Submit targeted resumes and cover letters to local electrical companies. Watch for contractor vans driving around your community and peruse local classified ads. If you can sell your skills to a business, they may make an apprenticeship training space for you.
Meet with guidance staff at your local community colleges. If you can't find anyone who's hiring entry-level professionals, you can get a head start by taking courses at a college or vocational school. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this training usually qualifies you to start an apprenticeship training program at a higher level.