benefits while an apprentice
Being treated as a full-time employee not only assures you an adequate wage, but also provides a range of benefits associated with full-time employment.
As an apprentice or journeyman lineman, you’ll receive health insurance benefits for yourself and your dependent family, including health, dental and vision insurance. This insurance is provided 100% by the electrical industry and is not deducted from your paycheck. The health insurance plan provided allows you to see any doctor you wish, anywhere in the country.
In a time when most companies are cutting back on retirement benefits, the journeyman lineman profession offers two outstanding retirement plans and NEBF benefits to ensure you and your family of a secure financial future.
Eighth District Electrical Benefit Fund
Under the local agreements (IBEW locals 12, 111, 113, 57, 291, 322, 449, 44, 532 & 768) you will receive a retirement benefit for each hour you work. This amount is paid by the electrical contractors and is not deducted from your paycheck.
National Electrical Benefit Fund
This multi-employer defined benefit plan provides monthly contributions of 3% of gross pay for electrical workers associated with participating local unions of the IBEW. Journeymen and apprentices receive the benefit as part of their compensation package when they work for a contributing employer. Vesting in the fund takes just five years. Your benefit is secure once you have earned five service credits. Generally, you earn one service credit a year.
(Outside Lineman & Substation apprenticeship programs only.)
Because your apprenticeship is more than just on-the-job training, you are eligible to earn college credit issued by the American Council of Education (ACE).
Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits while working their way through the apprenticeship program. Once you have been indentured, our Certifying Official will work with you to get your benefit claim going.