Trade Union Apprenticeship Opportunities Hinge on Wind Project Approval
This is a press release from the Operating Engineers Local #3.Please remember that this is not neutral reporting but a press release from one side of a situation:
The Redwood Empire Electrical Training Trust Announces Local Apprenticeship Opportunity
The Redwood Empire Electrical Training Center and Apprentice Program will be re-opened, if the Humboldt Wind Project is approved by the Board of Supervisors next week.
“The Humboldt Wind Project will not only provide local jobs, it will also create an opportunity for local residents to participate in the apprenticeship program without having to drive out of the area for training,” said John McEntagart, Business Manager of IBEW Local 551. “The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 551 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Redwood Empire Chapter are fully committed to re-opening our training facility in Eureka and offering that apprenticeship opportunity to the community.”
The Electrical Apprentice Program is jointly run by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 551 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Redwood Empire Chapter, and serves the Marin, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties.
For over 70 years the electrical apprenticeship program has provided a debt-free pathway for men and women to earn a living wage while learning the electrical trade. The 5-year program offers not only a livable wage but also full health benefits for the entire family, a retirement pension, and an average annual salary of $100,00.00 upon graduation from the program, all with no college debt.
“There had been an apprenticeship office in Eureka; however, due to economics and lack of available work in the area that office had to be closed,” said John McEntagart. “If the Humboldt Wind is approved, there would be up to 300 construction jobs to build the project—giving reason to re-open the training facility.”
The Humboldt Wind Project would build up to a 155 MW wind farm south of Scotia along Bear and Monument Ridges. Once built, the project would serve Humboldt County’s energy needs.