Interstate Electrical Services Hosts Massachusetts Secretary of Labor Rosalin Acosta to tour Operations Center and Discuss Apprenticeships
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Declares Week of November 13, 2017, ‘Massachusetts Apprenticeship Week’
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared the week of November 13, 2017, “Massachusetts Apprentice Week,” in a proclamation presented at Interstate Electrical Services Corporation. Massachusetts Secretary of Labor Rosalin Acosta presented the governor’s proclamation to Jim Alibrandi, president of Interstate Electrical Services, during visit to the company’s 100,000 square foot UL-approved Operations Center in Tewksbury Mass.
The proclamation recognizes the value of apprenticeships, noting that Massachusetts employers “have found it increasingly difficult to meet talent needs for a variety of skilled positions” and that “registered apprenticeships are a critical tool to close this skills gap.”
Acosta said that overcoming the unfounded stigma sometimes associated with trade school and the trades in high school and elsewhere is of paramount importance to the state.
“Studies show that apprenticeships yield a strong return on investment for businesses, jobseekers, and government,” said Acosta. “We need to make more students and parents aware of the benefits and excited about the opportunities” that professional trades like the electrical industry provide.
Interstate’s Operation Center focuses extensively on pre-fabrication, a process that is more efficient and productive than assembling in the field. Detailers identify all boxes, conduits, fixtures and other parts that can be assembled in pre-fab. With controlled environmental and safety conditions, the Operations Center provides an optimal environment for apprentices to gain practical knowledge of lean construction and the company’s prefabrication and material deliver strategies.
In accepting the proclamation on behalf of Interstate, Alibrandi noted that apprenticeships have been critical to the success of Interstate, a company where many senior executives first started their careers as apprentices. “We provide our apprentices with full-time pay and benefits, along with classroom training and tutoring, because we believe in the idea of apprenticeships and know from experience that it works,” he said.