ARLINGTON, Va. – WIA commends the House of Representatives on its passage today of the Build Back Better Act for its inclusion of a historic investment in workforce development, including funding for sector-based training and registered apprenticeships. The increased funding for workforce development over the next five years will be crucial for closing the skills gap and building the workforce needed to win the race to 5G and bridge the digital divide.
“We are thrilled the House approved $4.6 billion for sector-based training, which WIA supports in telecommunications,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “As the National Sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program, we know firsthand how crucial these resources will be for expanding apprenticeships and training programs to meet the demand for a skilled workforce capable of building telecommunications and 5G networks.”
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) represents the businesses that build, develop, own, and operate the nation’s wireless infrastructure. WIA advocates for the widespread, responsible deployment of wireless infrastructure to enable mobile broadband for communities everywhere.
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is the National Sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), a DOL-registered apprenticeship program. Since 2017, WIA has administered National Standards of Apprenticeship for DOL-approved occupations established under the program. Graduates receive national, industry-recognized credentials that certify occupation proficiency and expand opportunities for career advancement. WIA supports participating employers in promoting consistency and uniformity in training across occupations to improve the safety and quality of the wireless workforce.
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