MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thomas & Betts recently donated $20,000 to the Mid-South Independent Electrical Contractors, via the IEC Foundation, to be paid over the next four years.
The Mid-South IEC, a chapter of the IEC Association, is a volunteer membership organization that serves entrepreneurial electrical and low-voltage contractors and their employees in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. T&B’s donation will be restricted to funding the Mid-South IEC’s electrical apprentice program for its electrical contractor members in the Memphis, Tennessee area.
The Mid-South IEC Four-Year Apprenticeship Program provides students with on-the-job training, as well as 576 hours of classroom instruction with hands-on electrical labs, to increase their understanding of the electrician trade. Apprentices graduate as highly skilled professionals and enter the labor force with abilities that are in great demand.
“This donation illustrates T&B’s commitment to the professional development of electrical apprentices, as well as its commitment to the electrical industry as a whole,” said Ralph Donati, product marketing director at Thomas & Betts. “We are confident that the Mid-South IEC Foundation will put this donation to good use by serving the training and employment needs of its apprentice members.”
The IEC Foundation has supported its chapters’ training programs with resources, equipment and capital for more than 175,000 apprentices since 1996. The IEC also provides funds for recruitment opportunities, scholarships and tuition assistance for apprentices from low-income backgrounds.
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