Cooper Launches Apprenticeship Program

GREENSBORO, NC (February 15,2012) – Cooper Electric officials launched the company’s new apprenticeship program with a presentation at the Northeast High School Career Fair on February 15. About 1100 students were expected to participate in the Career Fair this year, say school officials, and participating industry professionals were encouraged to develop dynamic presentations of exciting career possibilities for young people.

Created for highly motivated individuals interested in learning a skill while gaining paid work experience, the Cooper Electric “Get Paid to Learn a Trade” apprenticeship program offers accepted candidates full-time, paid positions, on-the-job training under seasoned supervisors and “career in hand” opportunities resulting in full Journeyman Electrician certification.

According to Cooper President, Barry Brown, the apprenticeship fills an industry-wide need for skilled workforce development. “We realized we needed to be proactive in training and recruiting new talent,” said Brown. “Successful apprentices at Cooper will walk away from our program with a new skill, yes, but also a new career.”

Program requirements include four years, or 8000 hours, of on-the-job training and 643 hours of related classroom instruction. Cooper’s electrical training curriculum was created by the National Center for Construction Education and Research’s Contren Learning Series and is being offered in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Electrical Contractors.

Jay Poulos, apprenticeship program coordinator at Cooper Electric believes the program will have a positive impact on young people looking for careers in industry. “We are committed to the development of our employees so they will become the future faces of Cooper Electrical Construction Company,” said Poulos. “There is great growth in the construction industry right now and Cooper Electric is the best place to find a solid, reliable career.”

Officials hope the benefits of the program will be far-reaching. According to George Matthews, Chief Financial Officer for Cooper, “This is a much-needed skill in a high-demand industry. Construction is the largest industry in the world, and as long as there is infrastructure development, certified, skilled electricians will be needed.”

Cooper Electric serves a wide range of industrial, commercial and municipal customers across the Southeast, providing best-in-class electrical design/build, instrumentation and calibrations services.

To find out more about Cooper’s apprenticeship program, contact Jay Poulos, or visit the apprenticeship page on our website.