North Carolina Construction News staff writer
Electrical subcontractor Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. says it recently participated in the sixth annual U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week. The federal initiative provides Griffin Electric an opportunity to showcase its in-house Apprenticeship Training Program and celebrate the dedicated men and women who are enrolled in pursuing a license through the electrical and telecommunications program.
With safety at the forefront, Griffin Electric celebrated National Apprenticeship Week at each of its five office locations in Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, as well as Holliston, MA; Pelham, AL; and Duluth, GA. While the company has not been immune to the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis, Griffin Electric feels fortunate to have remained open and is proud to have maintained key business operations throughout the pandemic.
And with CDC recommended health and safety guidelines in place, its Apprenticeship Training Program continues to shape the future leaders of tomorrow, as it has for more than 25 years.
In appreciation of their many contributions to Griffin Electric, the company was pleased to provide food, t-shirts, and a tool kit to each of its apprentices and instructors during classes throughout the week, while also raffling off a series of prizes. There are so many people who tirelessly dedicate time and effort to make the Apprenticeship Training Program and Griffin Electric a success, and the company has witnessed firsthand what a privilege it is to employ a team that works together so seamlessly and truly embodies its motto of “Work with the Best. Be the Best.”
Since 1993, Griffin’s free in-house Apprenticeship Training Program has prepared hundreds of men and women for rewarding careers in the electrical trade. The program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) anddesignated as an approved training site by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Throughout the Apprenticeship Training Program school year, classroom and hands-on instruction takes place in the 27,500-sq. ft. of dedicated training space that is part of Griffin Electric’s headquarters in Holliston, MA, and on-site at each of the company’s regional offices in the Southeast.
In addition to 600 hours of classroom instruction, Griffin’s apprentices benefit from on-the-job learning, where they earn excellent wages and benefits while gaining 8,000 hours of practical field experience under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. The company has seen many apprentices and electricians grow within the company and even advance into foreperson, estimating, and project management positions.