The proposed funding for inclusion of sector-based training and registered apprenticeship, a workforce development program in the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Framework Act, received praise from the head of a membership organization of companies that make up the U.S. wireless infrastructure ecosystem.
“I applaud President Biden for prioritizing workforce development and apprenticeships,” said Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) president and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “The proposed funding increase for workforce development over the next five years, including sector-based training which WIA supports in telecommunications, will help recruit and retain telecommunications workers for good-paying careers in our high-growth industry.
“As the national sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), WIA has led efforts to expand registered apprenticeships and workforce training in the wireless industry — and we know first-hand its value and the need for more investment. I commend the White House for its commitment to workforce development and encourage Congress to support this plan to build the workforce of the future and provide pathways to the middle class for millions of Americans, including those that join the telecommunications industry.”
According to WIA, since 2017 the association has administered national standards of apprenticeship for Department of Labor-approved occupations established under the program. Graduates receive national, industry-recognized credentials that certify occupation proficiency and expand opportunities for career advancement, the association said. WIA said it supports participating employers in promoting consistency and uniformity in training across occupations to improve the safety and quality of the wireless workforce.
According to the White House, the Build Back Better Act will create millions of good-paying jobs, enable more Americans to join and remain in the labor force, spur long-term growth, reduce price pressures and set the United States on course to meet its clean energy ambitions.