As an organization, NATS works with clients in a variety of industries, ranging from arborists to public safety, oil and gas to government and municipalities, power utilities to insurance and forestry. NATS also collaborates with the electrical training ALLIANCE, a leading publisher of education materials for the electrical industry.
More than 70 years ago, the electrical training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the electrical training ALLIANCE has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.
For insight into the electrical training ALLIANCE and why the organization partners with NATS for some of its programming, we checked in with Jason Iannelli, director of outside curriculum with the ALLIANCE.
How have you/the electrical training ALLIANCE seen training evolve within the industry?
The electrical training ALLIANCE, formerly known as the NJATC, has been training the electrical industry since 1941. The industry is always changing, from cutting edge equipment to new safety and work practices. To meet the new demands of the industry, the training has to meet or exceed that demand.
Going from paper workbooks that were typically completed at home or in a classroom, to an all inclusive computer based learning system that can be completed anywhere, roughly 10+ years ago, was a huge leap.
With technology ever evolving, training needs to involve on so many levels. From adding media clips that showcase on the job scenarios for training, to 3D animation for labs, to virtual reality and looking towards augmented reality. Putting the worker in their comfort zone, while being able to training on tasks in a completely safe scenario, is cutting edge!
Having an industry, nationally, come together that believes and lives safety, has been a huge investment. From creating industry guidelines, to best practices, to working with National OSHA and ANSI for direct input, has really been the normal for quite a while.
Having an industry focused on safety and training, ensures our place in the future.
At the National Training Institute (NTI) conference, chainsaw training is made available to attendees. Why did the conference bring in NATS to lead that training?
NATS is able to provide industry specific training that is precise and applicable. They’re able to provide training on site, in the actual scenario attendees are working in and can apply it right on the spot.
Having a NATS trainer that can easily explain the critical functions of equipment, how maintenance affects performance, helps meditate unsafe habits. Furthermore, NATS is a company that is highly relatable to our trade, provides formal and standardized training, and helps ensure our industry remains consistent in their training and ultimately, is better prepared to safely perform their job.
NATS appreciates the opportunity to work with professional organizations such as electrical training ALLIANCE to ensure workers are well-trained in skill areas to not only make their jobs more efficient and effective, but safer, too.
To learn more about how NATS can work with your organization, please contact Brian Luzier: email@example.com, or (717) 621-8603.