First established in 1941, the Orlando Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Committee adopted the National Apprenticeship Standards for the Electrical Construction Industry and began training electricians. Sponsored by the local National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union #606, those first apprentices trained and worked on projects in Orlando that grew the city and helped support the efforts of World War II.
In 1966, the Orlando Electrical JAC merged with the Brevard County JAC to create the Central Florida Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee. The newly formed JATC covered six counties throughout Central Florida: Orange, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, and Osceola. As the program grew, Apprentices, working for signatory Union Contractors, helped shape Central Florida working on many construction projects including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Orlando International Airport, Lockheed Martin and more.
Apprentices today continue to shape Central Florida, receiving hands on training while earning competitive wages and benefits. Extensive classroom training in history, theory and core Electrical skills prepares Apprentices to be well rounded craftsmen.
As a Department of Labor accredited program, Apprentices receive 8000 hours of on-the-job training and 900 hours of classroom education. The Central Florida Electrical JATC is associated with the Electrical Training Alliance assuring the most up to date classroom curriculum in line with other JATC programs throughout the United States.
The Central Florida Electrical JATC has trained thousands of Florida Apprentices for skilled employment. Those Apprentices become licensed Journeyman Electricians working not only in Florida, but across the nation. Many Apprentices continue their education utilizing college credit for time in Apprenticeship. Central Florida Electrical JATC is in partnership with Orange County Technical School.