Boston – Massport and Boston’s electrical workers union and its joint apprenticeship training center are teaming up to create more career pathways in the communities they serve.
On Oct. 27, Massport CEO Lisa Wieland and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis toured the Greater Boston Joint Apprentice Training Center (JATC) together and observed new apprentices learning hands-on skills as they forge new careers.
Massport apprentice, Alejandro Cardenas, said, “I’m learning everything, from small outlets to part of the high voltage system. This is an amazing opportunity. Everyone is for you, nobody is against you, and that’s one of the things about this place. If you ask something of a teacher, they will go out of their way to find the answer for you.”
In April of 2023, Massport and Local 103 IBEW signed a three-year contract to ensure the highest standards of electric and technician services for Massport’s infrastructure and facilities and a shared commitment to creating good, family-sustaining jobs throughout Greater Boston.
“Massport is proud to partner with IBEW Local 103 and the Greater Boston Joint Apprentice Training Center to hire East Boston resident and apprentice electrician Alejandro Cardenas at Boston Logan International Airport,” said Wieland. “Supporting programs like these ensure employment opportunities that are reflective and inclusive of Massport’s surrounding communities. The hands-on experience Alejandro gains at the airport will be essential throughout his multi-year training program.”
The JATC Training Program was created by IBEW Local 103 and the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) with one goal: to produce the most highly skilled and professional electricians and technicians in the industry. Each apprentice completes 10,000 hours of on-the-job training with experienced journeypersons, plus 1,000 hours of intensive classroom instruction with qualified instructors, leaving with a Journey level electrician or Systems Technician Commonwealth of Mass electrical license.
“We deeply value our partnership with Massport,” said Antonellis. “Workforce development and training are crucial to keep creating the kind of good, union jobs our communities need. We’re very proud that our partnership will produce highly skilled workers capable of maintaining and expanding operational services at Logan Airport and other crucial transportation infrastructure overseen by Massport.”