CITCA and NIJATC Form Wind Turbine Training partnership
CITCA AND NIEJATC - IBEW DEVELOP JOINT TRAINING FACILITY FOR WIND TURBINE RESCUE TRAINING IN ROCKFORD, IL
The Northern Illinois Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and CITCA have recently joined forces in developing a wind turbine rescue class that will be incorporated into all apprentice training programs of the IBEW. The new program, which included design and development of indoor and outdoor training props including a mock turbine, will kick off in January, 2010 and is expected to train upwards of 400 apprentices annually.
Steve Wilder, President and COO of CITCA called the new program the result of many months of hard work and effort by JATC and CITCA personnel. "CITCA will provide an in-house train-the-trainer program for NIEJATC instructors" according to Wilder "and these instructors will then train their apprentices in wind turbine climbing and rescue, using the CITCA program. Upon completion, the apprentices will receive the appropriate CITCA certifications, which are recognized and accepted across the nation".
Wilder praised the cooperation between the two entities. "Working with Todd Kindred and his staff at NIEJATC was an absolute pleasure. Both of us are committed to training workers to work in the safest and most efficient means possible. When you share a common goal, the rest falls into place."
For more information on CITCA's safety and training programs, call 800-313-5159.