NYPA Press Release

N. Y. Power Authority’s Apprenticeship Programs Earn New York State Labor Department Certification

For Immediate Release: 12/7/18

Contact:  Maura Balaban, NYPA | maura.balaban@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8171


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced that the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has certified four of its apprentice training programs.

 

The certification follows several years of coordinated efforts by NYPA management and the Power Authority’s unionized labor force from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 2032 and 2104 to bolster training and bring about the state certification. The recognition covers training programs for mechanics, electricians, transmission linemen and hydroelectric plant operators at NYPA’s upstate facilities represented by IBEW locals 2032 and 2104.

 

Apprenticeships are the traditional career springboard for NYPA’s craft workers. The DOL’s registration and approval means that workers who complete one of the four apprenticeship programs will be awarded a journeyperson card from the state, attesting to that individual’s qualifications and competence should they join another industry organization in the future.

  

“The certification of NYPA’s apprentice training programs by the New York State Dept. of Labor establishes a framework of consistency and rigor for our workers that is consistent with the ambitious goals of the organization and confers additional value on the skills of our workforce that is recognized across the state,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO.  “I’m grateful to the representatives of the IBEW and our New York Power Authority staff for working together on this significant achievement.”

 

Approximately 60 NYPA employees are currently enrolled in the apprentice programs, with those individuals at different levels toward completing the apprenticeships, depending on when they began the training, which commences every September.

 

Training was previously provided primarily from internal NYPA resources but has now been expanded to include more external support, including State University of New York colleges. This will allow the enrollees in the apprenticeship programs to also earn college credits in their areas of specialization.

 

“New York has embarked on the monumental task of modernizing its energy infrastructure and making it more responsive to customer demands for clean, low-cost and reliable electricity,” said William Brown, Jr., business manager, IBEW Local 2032. “The enhanced NYPA apprenticeship programs, which are a testament to the close partnership between the IBEW and NYPA management, is supportive of those efforts.”

 

IBEW Local 2104 represents the craft workers at NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.  Local 2032 represents the crafts at the St. Lawrence Power Project, Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project and the Frederick R. Clark Energy Center.

 

The apprenticeship certification follows NYPA’s announcement in August of a new three-year contract agreement between NYPA and the IBEW, a labor union representing nearly 750,000 electricians, lineman and other skilled trades in the electrical industry. The union represents more than 550 employees of the NYPA, New York State’s public power entity which provides nearly a quarter of New York’s electricity.

 

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