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Training Partnership Between An International Labor Union And Academia: A Case Study

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.560.1 - 4.560.10

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Sohail Anwar

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Shamsa S. Anwar

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Session 3322

Training Partnership Between an International Labor Union And the Academia: A Case Study

Sohail Anwar, Shamsa S. Anwar Penn State Altoona


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.


Since the industrial revolution era, the role of the American worker has undergone drastic changes. At that time, the management defined all work instructions and procedures for the employees to follow. However, over the last several decades, the expectations of the American worker have changed dramatically to include better employee preparation and increased work skills. New technology, teamwork, quality management, and just-in-time production have become the norms of the current and future workplace (Lyimo, 1997). To keep up with the changing technology, USA and the world as a whole need employees with increasingly sophisticated skills. For this reason the subject of workers’ education, training, and retraining is becoming increasingly important all over the world.

Anwar, S., & Anwar, S. S. (1999, June), Training Partnership Between An International Labor Union And Academia: A Case Study Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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