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Workforce Development

IEC Chesapeake/IECC offers career circuits in the electrical industry. Electrical professionals combine hands-on technology, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. For 35 years we have been training electrical apprentices, telecom technician apprentices, and programs for Workforce Development.

Energizing the future

“Workforce development that makes a difference” – #Whatsurcircuit

IEC Chesapeake’s workforce development programs are designed to promote the electrical, low voltage and renewable energy profession to individuals seeking to enter the industry. We make this education accessible by establishing relationships with high schools, trade schools, community colleges, work source centers, employment agencies and other for-profit/non-profit institutions. Our goal is to create “career circuits” for future electricians/low voltage technicians.

2023 School to Apprenticeship IECC Member Hiring Day at Laurel
2023 School to Apprenticeship IECC Member Hiring Day at Laurel

Pre-Apprenticeship Program:

“Take the first step toward a rewarding career.” – Get connected and get ahead

By participating in our 180-hour pre-apprenticeship program, students discover what it takes to become an electrician or low voltage technician. The program provides classroom instruction, skills lab training, and online instruction. Thus, preparing participants for entering full-time employment as an “Electrical Helper” and starting electrical apprenticeship program.

students in the pre-apprenticeship program

We partner with Career Technical Education classrooms (CTE) and local public school county career organizations to sponsor field trips to our training facilities where we conduct in person tours and hands-on activities, as well as classroom computer-enhanced/virtual reality (VR) training. Our close relationship with local community colleges affords us the ability to visit their Basic Electricity and Green Technology classes for recruiting purposes and apprenticeship opportunities.

Additionally, this program helps our contractor members meet their contractual needs and assists residents of the community with enhancing their employability.

To learn more about our pre-apprenticeship programs, Click here – Electrical Apprenticeship Inquiry Form – IEC Chesapeake.

School to Apprenticeship ( STA ) Program* *

“Earn While You Learn”

Working with local high schools and their students, the IECC School-to-Apprenticeship (STA) program* registers the student for Yr-1 of the IECC Electrical/Low Voltage apprenticeship program.

students in the IECC School-to-Apprenticeship (STA) program
Students in the School-to-Apprenticeship (STA) program
2023 School to Apprenticeship Pipe bending Lab/Laurel
2023 School to Apprenticeship Pipe bending Lab/Laurel

Participants are placed with an IECC member contractor prior to beginning the program. Which allows them the opportunity to work the summer between their junior and senior year of high school. Once classes begin, students typically work Monday-Thursday, with an early morning start time until lunch, returning to their home high school for required courses. The program includes 450 paid on-the-job training hours & 165 hours of classroom instruction. Upon successful completion, students will graduate high school with their diploma and Year 1 of their 4-Year Journeyworker Training in electrical construction. After completing all four or three years (depending on the program), apprentices are eligible to obtain an industry recognized credential or Journeyworker’s Electrical License based on the apprenticeship program they complete.

*Hiring preference given to IECC Members.

If you are not currently a member, please reach out to our business development team at [email protected] to learn more on why you should join IEC Chesapeake.

To learn how you can become a school-to-apprentice, Click here – Electrical Apprenticeship Inquiry Form – IEC Chesapeake.



IEC Chesapeake Electrical Contractor Members:

iecc table and banner display
iecc table and banner display

Youth-Focused Outreach

IEC Chesapeake is founded on a commitment to providing outstanding education and training services to the electrical, low voltage, and renewable energy industries. As such, we understand the importance of outreach to expose the option of apprenticeship to students who don’t want to or can’t attend college. IEC Chesapeake staff and volunteers make frequent visits to local Career Technical Education classrooms (CTE) and public high schools throughout the school year. When possible, we also bring classes from these education facilities to our main training site for hands-on experience in the Yr-1 Residential Lab. It’s a great way to deepen the students’ interest in the electrical, low voltage, and renewable energy fields electrical apprenticeship.

To join IEC Chesapeake in visiting the local public outreach events, please email us at [email protected].