Training partnership between an international labor union and the academia: A case study

Sohail Anwar, Shamsa S. Anwar

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Abstract

The subject of professional training has become increasingly important in a rapidly changing global economy. All organizations, regardless of their nature, face the challenges of next millennium. Searching for answers to the challenges of the next millennium, attention must be paid to educational processes and programs. Numerous trade union organizations are addressing the professional training needs of their member by joining forces with academia. This paper focuses on the partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Penn State Altoona. The paper begins with a discussion related to the importance of professional training and development and what is being done by trade unions, in general, to meet the training needs of their members. Many trade unions outsource a certain percentage of their training and development activities for their members. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is an example of such an organization. The paper describes the training function of IBEW which includes the electrical apprenticeship programs conducted in-house and the continuing education & training activities outsourced to external sources. Next, the paper describes the partnership between IBEW and Penn State Altoona to develop and conduct customized training programs for IBEW members. Problems confronting the training & development partnership between IBEW and Penn State Altoona are discussed. Finally, the recommendations are made for an improvement in the above-mentioned training & development partnership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5361-5370
Number of pages10
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Event1999 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Engineering Education to Serve the World - Cahrlotte, NC, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 23 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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