Apprenticeship has played a significant role in Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc’s (Griffin Electric) overall success through the years. A leading electrical and telecommunications subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast, Griffin Electric is proudly celebrating its 45th year in the industry, while also marking the 30th year of its in-house Apprenticeship Training Program. Even after three decades of apprenticeship, the company continues to be grateful for not only all those that have come through the program, but also the men and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes and have helped shape the program into what it is today.
Griffin Electric has always strived to guide apprentices on “the pathway to potential” and is proud to have prepared many in pursuit of their licensure as they transition into electrician and telecom technician roles. Griffin apprentices come from a range of backgrounds, including veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces looking to establish new careers. Military veterans possess valuable characteristics, training, and experiences that can translate into sustainable careers in the trades, making them ideal candidates for Griffin Electric’s Apprenticeship Training Program.
Established in 1993, the company’s four-year program features 600 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. Fully accredited, federally recognized, and state approved, the program is offered at the company’s headquarters in Holliston, Mass., as well as at each of its office locations in Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Pelham, Ala.; and Doraville, Ga. Griffin apprentices earn excellent compensation and benefits, and are eligible for wage increases every six months, based on grades and work performance. As an approved training site by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, through employment with Griffin Electric and satisfactory participation and progress in its program, military veterans may also be entitled to receive a monthly stipend from the VA through the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help meet the cost of everyday expenses.
Apprenticeship may be where the path of training and education begins for many at Griffin, but the company’s culture of continual education ensures that learning and development never stops. No matter what someone’s position or role with the company may be, Griffin Electric offers many tools and resources to help team members reach their full potential from both a personal and career standpoint. The company aims to empower each employee to forge their own career path and does all it can to support them and help them achieve their individual goals.
Looking back on 30 years of apprenticeship, the company is proud of how much the program has grown. With many substantial ongoing and upcoming projects throughout its regions, Griffin is excited for apprentices and everyone involved in the program to build on the foundation of the past three decades to move forward and help deliver the type of quality results its clients have come to expect.