Graybar Announces Platinum Level Partnership with NJATC Training Program

ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2014 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain NJATC logo management and logistics services, is proud to announce its platinum level partnership with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC). This demonstrates Graybar’s commitment to the training and development of members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the NJATC.
 
“Graybar is the first distributor to become an NJATC Platinum Level Training Partner, which demonstrates our commitment to the future of the electrical industry,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We believe that the education of current and future electricians is vital to our industry and are pleased to show our support.”
 
Over the next several years, Graybar intends to support the NJATC in the development and expansion of its training efforts. By providing assistance to the NJATC’s National Training Institute, Graybar will support the NJATC in its transition to a blended learning training model. This model, which consists of immersive, interactive simulations and virtual exercises, is designed to prepare students for hands-on lab work and on-the-job training. The blended learning model adds a dynamic, online training component to the traditional mix of textbook, classroom, and lab experience.  To better bridge students’ classroom curriculum with real-world application, Graybar will integrate some of the products it sells and its systems into IBEW/NECA training centers in the U.S. and Canada.
 
Furthermore, Graybar will establish a scholarship and awards program in which it will provide two scholarships per year during the term to support the costs associated with NTI Instructor group graduates’ continued participation at the National Training Institute.
 
“The NJATC could not be happier to have Graybar become a Platinum Level Training Partner,” stated Michael Callanan the Executive Director of the NJATC. “We recognize Graybar’s position as a preeminent electrical distributor and look forward to all of the exciting initiatives which are planned to enhance the opportunities for NECA contractors and IBEW members to benefit from new and innovative ways to learn within the electrical industry.”
 
About Graybar
 
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
 
About NJATC
 
The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org.
 
About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
 
NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.
 
About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
 
The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org.
 
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