By Anthony Capkun
February 7, 2013 – The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee in the States (NJATC) announced an extension of the Milwaukee Test & Measurement Academy, first announced at the National Training Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., in August 2010. Milwaukee’s $2.5-million extension of support will ensure the company’s position as an NJATC Platinum Level training partner.
“The NJATC is proud to continue to build a long-term relationship with a company of the calibre of Milwaukee… We always desire to work with companies who are leaders in the market, and there is no doubt that Milwaukee fits this description,” said NJATC executive director Michael Callanan.
NJATC is a non-profit founded by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) in the States and the IBEW to develop and standardize education in the electrical industry. For an additional three years, Milwaukee will continue to support NJATC’s blended learning program—not only through the Test & Measurement Academy, but also through the augmentation of other areas within the NJATC curriculum, including:
• The Milwaukee Test and Measurement Academy: Currently includes an “Introduction to Meters” and a series of seven “Work Order” scenarios that will eventually allow learners to troubleshoot real-world installations in an immersive 3-D gaming environment.
• Local JATC support: Through the implementation of the Big HOSS (Hands-On Simulated Systems) program and outfitting of a limited number of JATCs per year with display boards and endowment of products to 30 JATCs per year.
• Support for the NJATC National Training Institute (NTI): Through the support of both NTI graduates and Outstanding Apprentices, as well as support for every “Instructor Group” participant in the Institute.
“Since launching a complete line of test and measurement products in 2009, we remain focused on educating future generations of apprentices, journeymen and electrical contractors,” said Milwaukee president of sales Darrell Hendrix. “We are extremely proud to partner with the NJATC to further develop educational tools that will ultimately increase their productivity and safety.”