The Richmond Electricians' Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (RJATC) is a joint training program between the Atlantic Coast Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 666. They are responsible for providing training for journeymen, apprentices, and others who are employed in the electrical industry under Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Local Union and the Chapter. Its geographical area covers approximately a 60 mile radius around the City of Richmond. The area covers the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell City, James City, King and Queen, King William, New Kent, Nottoway, Petersburg City, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City, Surry, Sussex, Williamsburg City.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the largest electrical union in the world. The IBEW represents workers' rights in all areas of the electrical and telecommunications industry.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) represents union electrical contractors, who guarantee their installations, who perform quality work on time and on budget, and take a special interest in their employees.
To provide the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet customer needs and ensure job satisfaction for electrical workers, the IBEW and NECA have teamed up to sponsor the most rigorous and respected apprenticeship training programs.
The Electrical Training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created over 70 years ago as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has developed into the most extensive apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.
Over the years, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has continually trained the best craftsperson in the industry without cost to the taxpayers. Students in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE training programs earn while they learn by doing apprenticeships. Not only does this allow students to earn an income while in school, but it also creates new tax revenue for the economy. Each year, participants in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE programs pay in excess of six hundred million dollars in taxes. This is truly a model program as it takes little to nothing from the taxpayers while training some of the world's most productive workers, who thereby pay tremendous dollars to the country. The Electrical Training ALLIANCE developed uniform standards adopted and used nationwide to select and train thousands of qualified men and women each year.
The Richmond Electricians' JATC has been a State of Virginia and U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship since 1946. The Department of Labor approved Standards of Apprenticeship for the Richmond Electricians' JATC. These Standards provide the legal framework by which the apprenticeship training program operates, setting forth the program's rights and responsibilities and the apprentices that it trains. Over the years, the program has grown with the area's population and with the increase in local construction. There are currently over 250 apprentices being taught in the program within the Richmond jurisdiction.
The training functions of the JATC are controlled by a Committee made up of eight members: four representing labor, who are designated by the Local Union and four representing management, who are designated by the NECA Chapter. The financial matters of the program are controlled by a Board of Trustees, made up of the same individuals who serve as JATC Committee members.