Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA in the News

The St. Louis Business Journal tapped IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Director Shawn Levin in a multi-industry look at workforce development.  “Shawn Levin is tired of the notion that young trade workers only get into their professions after being deemed unfit for college. That’s why he spends a significant amount of time visiting high schools, technical schools and universities to educate potential students about the benefits of trade jobs in his role as director of the Electrical Industry Training Center"


The Business Journal noted that “There are currently around 750 apprentices enrolled at the Electrical Industry Training Center, up about 36% from when Levin assumed his role in 2021: ‘We have increased our capacity here at the Training Center to accommodate more apprentices,’ he said. ‘We want to make sure we can maintain those numbers, because we don’t see the demand (for our work) going down anytime soon.’”


The business publication also reported that “The Electrical Industry Training Center, which employs six full-time and 20 part-time instructors at 2300 Hampton Ave., similarly must constantly evolve its offerings. The center last year expanded its communication programs, as hybrid office- and other business connectivity-issues have become more common post-pandemic, Levin said.”




NECA contractors Kaiser Electric and MR Bathe Electric are powering a 262-unit luxury apartment community slated to debut this fall in Olivette. Kaiser is serving as the design/build partner on the project and is wiring the commercial common areas along with the electric rooms and pools while M.R. Bathe is wiring apartment units, corridors and the garage.  Designed by Gray Design Group, the Avenir apartments taking shape at 8680 Delmar offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments complemented by an an array of amenities for active lifestyles including a fitness center, game room, outdoor swimming pool, pickle ball courts, dog and wash park and a business center. Learn more.


Guarantee Electrical is in the running for outstanding mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contractor in the annual awards program by the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council. Subcontractors are nominated based on criteria that includes bid ethics practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, scheduling coordination, and project relations. Winners will be announced on April 20th during the ASA’s Red-Carpet Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.  Learn more.