WIA’s Registered Apprenticeship Program Celebrates 100th Employer Partner

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today announced that the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) has signed an agreement with Congruex Network Solutions, making the network design and construction company its 100th employer partner. With support from WIA, TIRAP partners are able to offer nationally recognized credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to apprenticeship program graduates.

As the national sponsor of TIRAP, WIA is the DOL’s industry intermediary tasked with expanding Registered Apprenticeship in the telecommunications industry by providing on-the-job training resources, support, and access to incentive funding for TIRAP members and other telecommunications companies.

“Strong apprenticeship programs supported by industry-driven standards are the number one way to train and retain talent for careers in broadband,” said WIA President & CEO Patrick Halley. “I’m incredibly proud of our TIRAP team and all the employers who are partnering with us to raise the bar for industry training.

“Registered Apprenticeship Programs not only benefit the industry and consumers by improving efficiency and quality of work, they benefit workers by improving safety and increasing earning potential over the lifespan of their careers.”

“This is an important milestone for TIRAP and all of our employer sponsors of apprenticeship,” said WIA VP of Apprenticeship Deb Bennett. “Registered Apprenticeship is a proven model for improving training, and our growing number of partners demonstrates the value TIRAP is able to provide through our resources and guidance.”

TIRAP defines career paths in broadband and supports companies in formalizing apprenticeships in a growing number of occupations critical to network deployment, with 15 occupations to date, including:

  • Wireless Technician
  • Broadband Technician
  • Telecommunications Tower Technician
  • Fiber Optic Technician
  • Underground Utility Installer Technician
  • Overhead Utility Installer Technician
  • Small Cell Technician

To learn more about TIRAP or to contact WIA’s workforce development team about becoming a TIRAP employer partner, visit tirap.org

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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 connectivity everywhere.

About TIRAP:

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is the National Sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), a DOL Registered Apprenticeship Program. As an industry intermediary, WIA is an advocate and partner for TIRAP employer partners, offering industry and occupation specific expertise, help coordinating partner responsibilities, and assistance with the administrative details of the program. WIA’s goal is to speed up the adoption of apprenticeship, increase the efficiency of investment in time and resources, and ensure the training meets employer needs for a qualified workforce.

Media Contact: Marshall Miller | 717-951-0795 | marshall.miller@wia.org 

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