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The New York State Department Of Labor Recognizes The Success Of The New York Power Authority/IBEW Apprentice Training Program During National Apprenticeship Week

Published Friday, November 15, 2019
by NYS Department of Labor Press Release
The New York State Department Of Labor Recognizes The Success Of The New York Power Authority/IBEW Apprentice Training Program During National Apprenticeship Week

(WESTERN NEW YORK) - The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) this week recognized 52 Electrical Workers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 2104 and 2032 for their participation in a Statewide Apprentice Training Program.

The Clean Energy Jobs Program, now running for two successful years, helps prepare Trade and Technical Workers for jobs in the energy sector supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Green New Deal,” a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York on a path to carbon neutrality.

The NYSDOL certified the NYPA/IBEW Apprentice Training Program in 2018 and regularly audits the program to ensure it meets the State’s Apprentice Program Certification Standards.

“As we move our state aggressively toward a carbon-neutral economy, we need qualified, trained professionals who understand their integral role in realizing Governor Cuomo’s vision for a cleaner and greener energy sector,” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “This NYPA/IBEW Registered Apprenticeship Program is training our current and future workforce, and I am incredibly proud of each participant in this innovative Apprenticeship Program.”

The NYSDOL Apprenticeship Program Certification followed several years of coordinated efforts by NYPA management and its Union-represented Labor Force from the IBEW Locals to bolster training and meet State Certification Criteria.

The NYSDOL certification covers training programs for Mechanics, Electricians and Operators at NYPA’s Upstate Facilities that are located in Marcy, Massena, Niagara Falls and the Schoharie Valley – which are all represented by the IBEW.

“The development of NYPA’s Clean Energy Apprentice Training Program is a great success story for New York State, NYPA and the IBEW - but most importantly for the men and women who are giving their all to these Apprenticeships each and every day,” NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said. “The program reinforces the traditional role of Unions as a springboard for career advancement and has been a tremendous benefit to NYPA, ensuring the steady supply of trained, qualified and motivated Workers as we work to help realize Governor Cuomo’s vision of a carbon-neutral electric system by 2040.”

IBEW Local 2023 Business Manager William Brown, Jr. said: “We are proud of the collaborative effort put forward by the NYPA-IBEW Joint Labor Management Committee to accomplish such a monumental endeavor.  The opportunities created by this program will work to strengthen NYPA’s 2030 vision for a reliable, more resilient energy system.”

Apprenticeships are the traditional career starting point for NYPA’s Specialized Energy Craft Workers.

The NYSDOL’s certification means that Workers who complete one of the approved Apprenticeship Programs will be awarded a Journeyperson Card from the state, attesting to that individual’s qualifications and proficiency in their Trade discipline.

To Read NYPA Apprentices Sharing Their Training Program Stories, Click Here.

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