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We appreciate The Seattle Times giving a voice to the promise of careers in the trades and Op-Ed writer Mike Sotelo sharing his story about his own career in the industry [“A job in the trades can bring financial, personal success,” Opinion, April 6].

Sotelo hit the nail on the head when he wrote that there is not enough awareness about the great careers in the building trades. Just look around downtown Seattle today and you’ll see upward of 50 cranes building our city’s future. Ensuring that there’s a qualified workforce to complete this task is a huge challenge.

The Puget Sound chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), together with our partner, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46, is doing something about it.

More than 60 years ago, we established the Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee to provide the training required to receive world-class certification in commercial, limited energy and residential electrical disciplines. We currently have 700 students in our program and typically graduate 120 highly qualified and skilled electricians each year to meet the electrical and construction needs of our region.

But we are still searching for applicants and encourage those interested to visit

Barry Sherman, executive director of the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Puget Sound chapter