General Information / FAQ

Job Description

Looking to become the best? Then train with the best! To learn more about how to enroll, read the information below.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) jointly sponsor apprenticeship training programs that offer you the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while you learn the skills needed for a trade that can be both challenging and rewarding. 

Our apprenticeship program is perfect for anyone who wants to forge forward with a new program. Below are the stipulations, details, and benefits of our apprenticeship program:

Working Conditions

Much of the work you will perform is done in uncontrolled environments and requires a degree of physical strength. You must be willing to work in all weather conditions and possess manual dexterity and agility.


Apprentices attend class one day for 9 hours every other week. While attending classes, apprentices will sit in a classroom environment with fellow year apprentices. Many classes have a mixed environment of traditional classroom instructions, self studying, and in lab training. 


     WDW Inside Wireman

1st year-$20 1st step-$16.52

2nd year-$21 2nd step-$17.09

3rd year-$22 3rd step-$19.94

4th year-$23 4th step-$22.79

5th step-$25.64

Graduates of the Program

"I can't think of anything that I accomplished on my own as an apprentice. Every task completed, every score on an exam, has been the result of a team effort. The most valuable thing I achieved throughout the program is confidence. The apprenticeship gave me confidence in my ability to use the resources around me to get the job done. Whether it's installing one-of-a-kind fixtures, or terminating switchgear, or troubleshooting motor controls, there is nothing we can't tackle in the IBEW."

- Ciara Lozano, Class of 2022

"Through the JATC and its program, I’ve developed a multitude of practical skills, a broad knowledge base, and a successful career path. On top of the education, the ability to work with a variety of local contractors on a wide range of systems has allowed me to develop strong relationships with my union members, and the apprentices that I’ve worked alongside are sure to stay with me for the rest of my life. The journey truly integrated into my life to create a strong, qualified, and professional electrician out of me, and I’m honored to be working alongside my fellow union members."

- Andrew Crawford, Class of 2022


How long is the apprenticeship?

During the apprenticeship, we are a five-year program consolated down to four physical years.   A minimum of 8,000 hours of On-the-Job Training and a minimum of 900 hours of classroom instruction. 

When do we accept applications?

We accept applications every day through our online portal. 

What is the starting Salary?

Currently,  the starting salary for a first-year apprentice is $16.52 for inside wireman, $20 for WDW.

What are the Health Benefits? 

During Apprenticeship, apprentices are given single health coverage, however, upon completion of the apprenticeship Journey Workers receive family coverage as part of their package. 

WDW has health plans offered you can choose to participate in post wages. 

Are there any Retirement Options? 

Inside Wireman apprentices have the ability to receive up to three retirements.  Starting from day one, apprentices receive the National Electrical Benefit Fund (NEBF), then when the apprentice reaches the third year of school they will receive an annuity. When an apprentice joins the Union they will receive the Pension Benefit Fund (PBF).

WDW Apprentices can choose to participate in a 401K with employer offering matching contributions. That percentage is subject to the current CBA.

Is there tuition? 

The Electrical Training Alliance of Central Florida is a Tuition free school. However, students will need to buy course materials. 

What is the cost of course materials? 

Apprentices can expect to pay up to $1100 a school year for course materials. 

Are there scholarships or grants? 

The Electrical Training Alliance of Central Florida works hard to try and receive grants and scholarships for apprentices. Currently, apprentices may apply for second, and third year grants. The Electrical Training Alliance of Central Florida is not the ones that award the grants. Awarding of the grants is dependent on selection from the Grantor. 

Are there any classes an applicant can take to prepare for the aptitude test

The Electrical Training Alliance offers a course through their online training platform. You may go to

Course fees may apply.