TIRAP program

Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program Board Adds NATE Representative

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Board elected NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller to join as a member. 

“I am excited to serve as NATE’s representative on the TIRAP Board of Directors,” said Jimmy Miller, President and CEO, MillerCo Inc. “Apprenticeship-based training is tailor-made for the wireless infrastructure industry and I look forward to collaborating with the TIRAP Board and stakeholders from the public and private sectors to help achieve the industry’s workforce development needs by expanding the number of participating companies and workers involved in the program.”

“TIRAP is thrilled to welcome Jimmy to our board as we work toward our priority of building a trained and safe telecommunications workforce through apprenticeships,” said TIRAP Chairperson Paul Roberts, Vice President, Compliance, American Tower Corporation. “TIRAP is eager to expand its industry-wide collaboration for the common goal of training the wireless workforce, which will support the growing demand for wireless infrastructure deployment.” 

“The wireless workforce can develop and expand more rapidly through on-the-job, hands-on apprenticeship learning, and we look forward to working with Jimmy and NATE to build support throughout the telecommunications industry,” said Grant Seiffert, TIRAP Executive Director and WIA’s Vice President of Workforce Development. “Jimmy brings deep respect, a breadth of experience, and strong legacy of leadership to the TIRAP Board, and his industry involvement will be important for developing the 5G workforce.”


About NATE

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 900 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.


WIA is the National Sponsor of TIRAP – The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program – a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations, and the U.S. Department of Labor. WIA administers National Standards of Apprenticeship. Graduates of the program receive a national, industry-recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency and provides opportunities for career advancement.

August 1, 2019

Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac
Public Affairs Manager, WIA