electrical training ALLIANCE

Electrician and apprentice

AIR has a long-standing relationship with the electrical training ALLIANCE (etA; previously called National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee [NJATC]), dating back to the 1990s. etA has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices through local affiliate programs. AIR works with etA on apprentice selection and retention efforts.

AIR develops, validates, and maintains etA’s apprentice selection procedures, which enables training programs to select the apprentices with high potential for success in completing an apprenticeship. AIR has worked with etA on several initiatives, including job analyses, test development, test norming, and transportability analysis, all related to the Inside Wireman and Outside Lineman jobs. Our test development process incorporates equitable practices using our rigorous item review process and includes reviews for fairness, bias, and sensitivity.

Additionally, AIR conducts regular psychometric maintenance analyses for administrations of the selection test battery to determine whether the items and the forms are functioning within appropriate parameters and ensures the continued fairness, validity, and security of the selection test battery. AIR has also reviewed and revised selection materials, including an interview rating for the test-administrator manual, and candidate-facing materials.

In addition to apprentice selection, AIR works with etA to identify factors that affect the retention of apprentices and training program directors.

This project is funded by the electrical training ALLIANCE (etA).