- Population served by the U.S. Department of Labor grant: Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, veterans, spouses of veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons with income below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.
- As of April 12, 2021, ranked 100 – 300 on the Inside Electrician list, or 25 – 100 on the Limited Energy list.
- You need to have a current rank on our list of eligible candidates. This means that you have already applied, aptitude tested and interviewed for either the Inside Electrician or Limited Energy Technician apprenticeship program.
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to pass a drug test; the electrical industry does not permit cannabis use
- If disability, submit signed documentation from medical provider (within 5 years) of disability and necessary accommodation
- If a veteran, submit a copy of DD-214
- If low-income, submit proof that income is below 185% of the federal poverty guideline (see FAQ at https://nietc.org/pre-apprenticeship-faq/)
- 18 years of age or older by the start of the on-the-job experience
Pre-Apprentices will receive:
- A stipend totaling $500, beginning in smaller weekly increments and increasing throughout the program
- Students will receive work boots, school books, and tools, which they receive ownership of upon successful completion of the program
- Access to online curriculum
- Pre-apprentices who successfully complete all classwork, demonstrate a good attitude, attendance, and aptitude for the trade, and receive favorable reports for their two weeks of on-the-job training will be considered for direct entry into the Inside Electrician or Limited Energy program. Pre-apprentices are not guaranteed direct entry
Dependable transportation is a necessity for training and employment in the electrical industry. An electrical worker is responsible for reporting to their job site, which might be over 50 miles away, often by 6:00 am. Public transportation is almost never adequate. Given the hours and location of the pre-apprenticeship program’s related classroom instruction and on-the-job training, public transportation may fail to get you to and from home to job-site, to class, and back home.
The geographical area covered: State of Oregon: Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington Counties, and Yamhill County North of Section Line T45. State of Washington: Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, and Wahkiakum Counties.